18 Apr 2018

BALANCING FAMILY, WORK AND STUDY

It is difficult to simultaneously achieve career success while making and meeting commitments to family. To change this situation requires an understanding of both the general issues and the specific institutional context involved. You have to work and still study at the same time, this way, you don’t get to leave a work because you want to improve your skills/ qualifications in order to avoid the stress of looking for another job after your study, this may not only be a great addition to your promotion but also an addition to your CV.

Combining work with study and family will help you; Develop a brand new set of skills, new knowledge will be learnt and this is a time to improve your time management skills, positive attitude and work harder at the same time.
Working and studying at the same time will also help you solve the problem of tuition fee, at least you have a good job, you can afford to pay your tuition fee and still have extra cash for your personal needs this is undoubtedly a great way to avoid debt.

Furthermore, you also gain extensive work experience that sets you higher at your workplace, open the way for better job opportunities. 

Problems confronted with combining family, study and work:

You will have to find a job. If you are not already employed you will have to put time and effort into writing a CV, cover letters and taking interviews and this could be a bit challenging.

Less time for yourself and your family. Studying for a degree while working full-time might mean facing a few very demanding years, that could prove difficult for both you and your loved ones. Most likely, you will have to put many of your hobbies on hold for a while.

More stress, less energy. This is especially true during exam periods or when asked to meet important deadlines. Students with jobs that require creativity, such as writers, may experience occasional creative blocks, due to fatigue. The great amount of work may also affect your grades.

Expect the unexpected. Unpredictable events may interfere with your schedule, such as an unplanned important business meeting, working overtime or extra schoolwork.

Consider your Options; before you combine family, work and study together, you need to consider the options available to you. College studies and full-time work might seem challenging but there is a considerable number of options, which will greatly improve your chances of success:

A work-study programme. This is a form of financial aid offered by some universities in addition to scholarships and grants. It is a way to help students cover part of their tuition fees by working on campus. However, work-study jobs offer minimum wage and usually don’t fully cover tuition fees. By working on campus, students avoid long commutes and have more time to focus on their studies.

Distance-learning options are increasing in popularity due to a high demand for flexible study programmes.  A good internship is the promise of a job in a respectable company while leaving more time for your studies.

Looking at the Bright Side.

  • Try to get the class schedule as early as possible in order to plan ahead of time.
  • Keep in contact with your classmates and find someone who can keep you up to date with the class works.
  • Make people know; whether your teachers or your employer that you are a working student, sometimes they may consider you and be more flexible when they are humans.
  • Make sure your family support you, this will help you ease your stress and their support will help to keep you going.
  • Get plenty of rest, don’t overwork yourself.

 

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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