How to Balance Studying with Working in 2020

How to Balance Studying with Working in 2020
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    This year will go down in history as a bizarre non-year.

    With thousands of events canceled and much of the year's plans put on hold, 2020 and the pandemic's influence will be felt for years to come.


But for those enterprising individuals who have been motived to make a difference in their lives over the past few months, the lockdown and the cancelation of events presented a unique opportunity: to work and study simultaneously to help progress their careers.

If you’re interested in taking on this extra work to help your career, this article provides some advice on how to balance these two responsibilities.

Finding the Right Course

First and foremost, you need to ensure you’re signing onto a course that suits you. This might mean a course that’s very well suited to your skillset and that you want to develop in your career. Or it might mean a part-time or remote-working course which won’t necessitate trips into a college or university that would otherwise impact on your vocational work.

Search through the wide variety of courses on in order to find one that matches your availability as well as your ambition, helping you to plan for the balance of work to come.

Speak with Your Employer

It’s important that you have a conversation with your employer about your ambitions to take a course alongside the work that you do for them.

There are two reasons for this: first, you might be able to ask them to contribute to the cost of your course, and second, it’s important that your employer knows you’re going to be balancing two responsibilities in the future and that you may, on some occasions, be unable to work overtime.

Honesty is the best policy when handling two responsibilities at once.

Finding the Time

When we sit down to look at our working week, we can become surprised at the amount of time we spend in front of the television, commuting to or from the office, or in otherwise wasted ways.

Lockdown helped cut out most of these distractions and time-wasting periods of time, which meant that, for the first time, we have been able to look at our schedules and plan for extra activities during our week. Make sure you carry this wisdom with you into your course, so that you’re always finding time to study and work without sacrificing your job.

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Help and Mentors

Sometimes, working on two separate projects can be daunting. It’s not rare to find that your workload on your course will peak at roughly the same time as your responsibilities at work, which can leave you working harder than ever before, and getting little rest and downtime.

One of the major implications of such hard work is that you can begin to feel isolated and alone, which is exactly why finding a mentor is so important. Speak with senior staff at your company and lecturers and teachers on your course to get support when you need it most.

There you have it: four simple tips to help you balance work and study for the months ahead.

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