How to balance part-time work while studying full-time

Work is the curse of the studying class, but we all need to eat. Read on for tips on how to balance part-time work and full-time study.
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If you're thinking about finding the right balance between studying and working part-time, you're not alone. There are many students out there who have to work to support themselves while completing their studies. Juggling study with a part-time job is not simple, therefore how do you find the balance between your work, academic commitments and social life?

Whether you’re a student working to pay your tuition and expenses, or undertaking a class to advance your skills, managing work and study can be frustrating – but it can be achieved with good planning and self-discipline.

Start by evaluating how you spend your time. For instance, if you commute to work, you may suggest a shift adjustment or change the schedule so that you don’t travel so often, or maybe get a job nearer home or the campus.

Organise your time. It’s inevitable that there will be instances when your work and study schedules clash. To try to prevent this, you need to let your employer and co-workers know your work availability and study commitments in advance. That means that it would likely benefit you if you flag your class times, group study sessions and exams as early as possible. If you provide your employer with as much notice as possible, you should be able to prevent your work having to take priority over your studies.

University staff are also aware that many students have jobs and financial obligations, therefore if you find yourself struggling to meet deadlines because of work getting in the way, seek advice from your student council and speak to your teachers to make an effort to negotiate a solution.

Take some time off!

This one may seem evident, but it's quite easy to get caught up in the mindset of ‘busy’. You shouldn't be working all hours without giving yourself time to enjoy. Make sure you include leisure time into your schedule. If you don't take a break, you may find yourself spending more time working although you are being less productive. Commencing part-time study alongside work could be a challenging experience, but it can also be enjoyable and incredibly rewarding.