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Posted February 13, 2016 by

Balancing academics and work as a college student

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Anthony Taylor, guest writer

Students go off to college, but it’s not the rosy life they see in the movies. There are bills to pay, tuition to afford, books to buy, and honestly, balancing finances at a young age is hard. Studying in college and concentrating on getting good grades is tough enough without throwing in a job into the mix. But the money has to flow in to either support the family or to support getting an education. Whatever the reason, here are a few tips to help college students juggle their working and studying lives.

1. Find a job with flexible hours: Let’s face it; students are in college now. There will be coursework and assignments with tight deadlines, and studying should always be a priority. An education will serve as the building blocks for the future so students shouldn’t push it in the backburner. They should find jobs where they can easily accommodate their studies, too, so neither one suffers. These jobs could be within the college campus, as those kinds of jobs understand the balance between work and study, and they can help college students manage their homework.

2. Manage time wisely: With so much on the line, it is wise to have a good time management schedule. College students should know where they spend their time. Many successful people plan nearly each moment of their day to get the most out of their 24 hours. Many times we end up wasting time and not realizing it when we could be putting it to good use. Use lunch breaks to catch up on math homework, or grab a few hours of work during a long lunch break in college. Those few hours can add up during the week. Students need to keep checking in to see if they’re on track per their schedules to know they’re not overcommitting themselves or falling short of their goals. If students know they function better in the mornings, they should get evening jobs so they can do coursework or assignments when they’re fresh and vice versa.

3. Have family support: This goes without saying; without a support system, college students will find it very hard to adjust both lives alone. Students should inform their managers at work, friends, or family to support them in this decision, and help them both personally and professionally. This kind of support will help students infinitely when they feel the pressure is too much, or they need help with managing homework.

4. Know what they want: College students should choose jobs wisely if they can. Students should think about how what they do now could benefit them in the future. Remember, everything can be added to their portfolios. If working in a store, think of inventory – managing time and stock. All of this could and should be interpreted as work experience, and this could boost entry into the working world by gaining experience, references, professional growth, and of course, the money.

5. Be creative in getting homework done: By having a job, college students are effectively cutting down on their study hours. Students must be smart about juggling their time, and try listening to lectures while working. They should also keep their managers in the loop so they get that support system. This way, students can learn, revise, and perhaps even do homework during work hours, which don’t require much brain activity like sorting mail, etc.

6. Take a mental break: It is important to have some time out from studies. Always having studies/ homework on the mind will stress students out, especially if they know they can’t do it during work hours. Allow a study free zone while at work. Know there is nothing students can do about it, so they should give themselves permission to relax. Many times we block ourselves, and take on more stress over things we cannot control. Those moments students are not thinking about studies could benefit them in the long run. This way, they can approach their assignments with a fresh mind.

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7. Stay focused on the end goal: The end goal should be graduating. Many times, once students start working, they find it hard to stay focused on education. It becomes easy to forget about studies and think about short term benefits, such as getting paid. This spending power lets many people forget about graduating. College students must find ways to motivate themselves. Keep pictures of graduates at their ceremonies or photos of people who managed to reach the pinnacle of their careers to have an aim and a goal to reach.

8. Research on future courses: Students should find courses relevant to them and their future interests. Don’t choose a random course because friends are taking it, or because somebody else has a strong opinion about it. Students need to discover what they are passionate about and what they see themselves doing in the future. Doing some research on courses will help them achieve their future goals.

9. Be smart financially: Money can flow through college students’ fingers like water if they’re not careful. Keep track on spending and where the money has to be allocated. If there are bills to pay, keep that money aside, or pay off debts before doing anything else. This helps students become more financially independent. This not involves their weekly paycheck, but also their tuition. Most colleges have hefty fees so be sure to enroll in a program where there are future benefits. Don’t get a job and go into debt due to careless spending, as this will cause a downward spiral.

10. Be passionate: Happiness can only come from within. College students should be passionate about the courses they will be taking; passion will get them through tough times. If students truly do something they love, they will excel in it. Be happy at the workplace. Find a job that is mentally stimulating or has a good work team. This makes a huge difference in students’ mental health and happiness, and when they’re young and balancing their work and study lives, this is very important.

The balance for managing studies and work can be a fine line, and one that should be carefully monitored so college students don’t end up suffering by their decision to work. This has become a recent trend, as many young students have bills to pay, and this enables them to gain work experience while also getting homework help and inspiration from their coworkers or family.

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Anthony Taylor is a writer, student and editor on student’s writing website. He loves reading, writing motivational stories and spending the time with his family. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+ for more interesting stories.

Posted December 05, 2014 by

5 Tips for Finishing a Degree While You Work or Travel

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College student reading outdoors lying in the grass. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Not every high school student or young adult is set on acquiring a college diploma through the traditional four-year college experience, or right away. And with so many options to obtain and finish degrees at your disposal, you simply don’t have to. Whether it’s because you’re already working hard at your own start-up or you’ve just secured the internship of your dreams, you may find that an undergraduate or graduate degree is something you are only interested in pursuing on the side.

If you know a college degree is important, but you don’t want to take a break from the life you’re living to get it, here are five tips to finishing your college degree while you travel the world, intern for public radio, or slave away at your very own tech start-up. (more…)

Posted November 07, 2014 by

Is a College Education within Your Reach?

Many students and other people would love the chance to get a college education.  After all, you will have a better chance of competing in today’s job market by having a little more knowledge under your belt.  However, while there may be an emphasis on going to college, not everyone might feel that a higher education is within their reach.  Finances may be the primary issue for most people but there are some other factors too. (more…)

Posted September 16, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Want Jobs as Entrepreneurs but Feel Restricted? 5 Reasons Why and What You Can Do

Some recent college graduates who would like jobs as entrepreneurs may feel like they can’t achieve this dream.  The following post has five reasons they might believe that and what can be done to help achieve entrepreneurship.

Have you ever dragged yourself through a meeting at work, listened to your coworkers ramble about meaningless ideas and thought to yourself, “I’m done! I can’t wait to leave this place and start my own business!” Well, it’s likely you have according to a recent study by the University of Phoenix School of Business. The study shows that nearly

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Posted August 29, 2014 by

4 Effective Ways to Beat Job Search Stress

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Frustrated man unable to find a job. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Normally job seekers find themselves in a helpless position while searching for a new employment opportunity. Luckily, there are some tactics by which job seekers can reduce their high stress and land on a right job. All of us know that stress is the enemy that opposes a job seeker to find a better job unless they learn the effective ways of beating job search stress. If you’re also engaged in the job search process and also affected by a high stress level then you’re reading the right content. Take a look at the information shared below to beat your job stress smartly. (more…)

Posted June 09, 2014 by

Succeed in Your Entry Level Job Search by Focusing on These 5 Factors

In order for your entry level job search to have a happy ending, focus on these five important factors found in the following post.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” ~ Mark Twain Get going on your job search but know what is essential first. The stronger you build on the basics and the foundation, the better

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Posted June 04, 2014 by

5 Tools for Starting a Business Fresh Out of College

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Happy female small business owner of a fabric store. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’re young and brimming with enthusiasm, ready to take your first steps into the corporate world. But why spend years slaving away under a boss when you can start your own business straight out of college?

Read on to discover some great tools for getting your enterprise off the ground. (more…)

Posted May 12, 2014 by

Want to Land Entry Level Jobs by Getting an Online Education? 4 Tips to Get Off to a Good Start

For students who plan on getting entry level jobs by pursuing an online education, the following post has four tips to help them get off to a good start to this form of learning.

With online and distance learning, students with tight schedules are able to get the education they want on a timeframe that works for them. While the flexibility of online learning is alluring, it takes dedication and self-motivation. Here are a few tips to maximize your success when pursuing an education from home: Research Well Yes, it’s important to

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Posted March 07, 2014 by

An Overview Of A Lucrative Career In The Arena Of Auto Loans

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Loan officer at bank having a phone interview with a businessman about his needs. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

A plethora of job opportunities waits in the arena of auto finance. Auto manufacturers or the dealers employ staff to deal with finances related to the purchase of new and old cars. Few staff members are employed for effective functioning of the internal mechanism of the business, and finance managers are hired to approve the loan, on the purchase of both new and old cars. If you want to pursue a career in the auto loan section, then the job titles that you can apply for are those of loan collectors, loan processor and finance manager. (more…)

Posted January 14, 2014 by

Graduate’s Guide to Living and Working in the UAE

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United Arab Emirates with flag. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

With college over, it’s time for new graduates to find their first jobs. As the job market slows down in North America and Europe, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a place where your experience, skills and qualifications may get you a more satisfying vocation. The UAE is noted for its modern infrastructure and has become the Middle East’s major hub for trade, transport and tourism. In addition, working and living in a country with a markedly different culture from home provides an excellent opportunity to improve your communication skills and build self-reliance. With this in mind, this guide covers the basics that you need to know before you make the move to the UAE. (more…)