For many professionals, there comes a point in their career when they need to seriously consider making a return to education. Further education lies at the heart of many important career moves whether it’s transitioning to a completely new career path or climbing up the next rung of the career ladder.
Whatever your reasoning, the first question you need to ask yourself is “do I have what it takes to balance the demands of working life and school?” The decision to return to education represents a major commitment for professionals as combining work and study is no easy feat. To successfully balance the two, you will need strong skills in multi-tasking, time management and organisation. And don’t forget the mental health aspect – it is crucial to find time for your personal commitments. It is a challenge to establish a balance between the demands of work, school and your personal life so you will need to meditate on a number of key considerations prior to finalizing any decisions.
Your first step will be to ask yourself why you are returning to education. Set out what you intend to achieve and create goals for yourself. You will then need to identify the particular challenges you will face in combining work and study. Having realistically assessed the potential challenges, consider how you may overcome these potential obstacles.
While it is difficult, combining work and study is not impossible. Those who have worked and studied at the same time have attested to the great personal growth such an experience can bring about. The demands of combining study and work can play a vital role in developing essential skills that will be sure to stand to you in the long run such as time management, sticking to goals, and committing to hard work.
This infographic from Study Medicine Europe guides you through how to manage your workload as a working student. Read the infographic below for practical tips and guidance on how to achieve a work-school-life balance.
An infographic by the team at Study Medicine Europe
Aris Grigoriou is the Student Recruitment Manager for Study Medicine Europe. Study Medicine Europe is a medical student recruitment business with offices in the UK, Germany, Greece and Cyprus. They secure placement for prospective students from all over the world into affordable medicine and veterinary courses in universities throughout Europe.