Balancing Coursework and a Full-Time Job

Do you feel like you've been stuck at the same dead-end job for too long? Why not do something about it? Going back to school could be the answer to finally being able to work in a profession you love.

If you planned on going to college but due to a number of different circumstances, weren't able to complete your studies, you're not alone. In 2009, less than half of all full-time students in the U.S. were able to earn a Bachelor's degree in six years at one school (National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2009). Hitting the books when you're focused and ready may help you reach your goals this time around.

One of the most popular options for individuals looking to take classes while still working a full-time job is pursing school through an online Bachelor's degree program. With many highly qualified schools specializing in a broad range of unique professions, there's no shortage of what you can get out of your classes. Talk to your professors about what the best organizing tips were for students in the past to set yourself up to succeed in both your current job and your school work.

So, how do you find that perfect balance between a full-time job and college courses? Here are some tips from the pros on how to do it.

Monster College says:

"Set Your Expectations. You know going to school at the same time you’re working 40 (or more) hours per week is going to be tough. Now it’s time to get real about how tough it’s going to be. If you expect to get eight hours of sleep and three leisurely meals a day, you’re going to be very disappointed. Don’t be surprised if you have to pull some late nights studying. ou can’t skip out on your work responsibilities even if you’re completely drained when that alarm clock wakes you up out of a deep slumber.

The best solution is to create a written log of how you expect to spend your time before you start your schooling. Be honest! Listing all the responsibilities in your life that you can’t afford to neglect will alert you to how much spare time you really have. This will help you figure out if combining the two is feasible and you’ll probably be more likely to avoid every student’s worst enemy: procrastination." says

"Take control of your schedule and factor in that study time so you’re not panicking when finals come around. Go to your classes, pay attention to deadlines and make a positive impression on your instructors so that if you do come into class late one day because the relief shift was late at your job, you’ll minimize your chances of hurting your grade for that class. Browse through our tips for balancing work and college to better prepare yourself for life after college and understand all of your options before getting on campus.

The Digerati Life says:

"Reward yourself. As much as I talk about saving money and being focused on my blog, I still believe that everyone deserves a break once in a while. When I take a break I usually travel down south to avoid the harsh Canadian winter. Others will spend a weekend at their favorite vacation spot or go to a concert of their favorite band."

Now that you've gotten some tips on how to find the perfect balance between work and school--put this knowledge to practice!

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