Getting further education while working a full-time job can seem almost impossible. But do not despair! There are a few ways to shift your thinking and the ways you work to make this more probable to your ongoing educational goals.
What You Can Expect
It must be said: you can expect to be tired as you continue towards your goals. A master’s program is vastly different than a bachelor’s, and the career focus of your courses will help mitigate some of the exhaustion involved. You will be able to see the applicability of all of your courses to your work life. You might need to go to classes after work, or work in courses in long weekend options. This can add a great deal of stress upon your body and mind, and upon your other obligations as well. You need to prepare ahead to think through how you will balance work, family, and school obligations in order to reach your goals.
Carve Out Time to Study
Remember when you used to come home from work and watch TV? Play video games? Your education is far more critical than any hobby you’ve had before. You must calendar and plan to have specific times set aside to do your studying and work. This might include coordinating childcare, dinners, or foregoing church and side obligations in pursuit of this new goal. There was a time when those wanting a master’s degree also had to temporarily sacrifice their career for the time period, and hope to find other work later. This is no longer the case. You might, however, need to sacrifice some of your softball league’s time to finish assignments. When pursuing an online education, it becomes even more important to develop a study plan to stay on track.
Be Prepared for the Time Commitment
The average master’s degree takes time. Be patient with yourself. Each course you take gets you closer to your goal. Your degree might not look the same as if you were a fresh faced bachelor’s student, but you can accomplish it with perseverance. However, because your time constraints are different than those of a full time student, it might be necessary for your degree to take longer than initially planned.
Getting your master’s increases your marketability in your field, and can increase your income, but it can seem like a lofty goal if you’re already overwhelmed by home and work obligations. By being willing to find a school who can work with your needs, and keep you on track, you can be on your way to success. Ongoing education need not be overwhelming or a chore, but must be faced with the understanding of what other sacrifices are necessary. Small sacrifices now can lead to great options in the workforce later on.
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