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6 Tips to Juggle Full-Time Work and Continuing Education

Do you want to change your life? Do you work full-time, but would love to go to school? You CAN do both! Here are 6 tips to help you juggle full-time work while continuing your education:

Set and Prioritize Your Goals
Why do you want to go to school? What are your goals? Whether you want to get more career training in your current field or change paths entirely, pinpoint what your ultimate goal is. Set and prioritize your short- and long-term goals so that you have a path to reach them. Do research to find out what career you’re interested in and what type of certification or degree you’ll need to make it happen.

Find a School
Find a school that offers the program you’re interested in. Things you may want to look for in a school is a flexible course schedule, year-round programs, frequent start dates, online courses, and a blended learning curriculum. A blended learning style will give you a comprehensive education while still enabling you to meet expectations at your full-time job.  

Communicate your goals with your family, friends, coworkers, and instructors. Friends and family can provide support and encouragement to help you reach your goals. Honesty and an open dialogue helps you achieve success in all areas of your life.

Get organized
Organize your schedule and plan your time. Determine the best time to study, buy groceries, and do laundry. Set reminders for yourself and make to-do lists so that you complete assignments and meet deadlines. Find a balance between your work, school, and personal lives, so that you’re happy and healthy!

Concentrate on the task at hand. When you’re at work, be fully present and give it your all. When it’s time to study, commit to it and don’t try to split your time with your household chores. If you stick to the schedule you created and concentrate on one thing at a time, you’ll avoid getting overwhelmed and stressed out. 

Be Flexible
Sometimes things are simply out of your control. Learn to be flexible and adapt to change. If your supervisor moves up a deadline, reorganize your schedule. That might mean you need to start studying for an exam a day earlier than you originally planned. If you’re willing to adjust, then you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way!

Charter College understands how challenging it can be to balance work and education. That’s why there’s a variety of career training programs with a year-round schedule and classes starting every five weeks. There’s a flexibility of day and evening classes, and the option of online coursework for many programs, so that you can maintain a balance between, work, life, and school.