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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 February 03, 2015 by

The Top 4 Things to Ask on your College Tour

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It’s very important for students to ask the right questions when going on their college tours. Many students feel shy or embarrassed to ask too many questions, however, this is not the time to keep quiet. Choosing where to attend college is one of the most important decisions in a young person’s life and it’s crucial that they ask the questions that are most important to them. (more…)

Posted January 27, 2015 by

Is Flight School a Good Idea?

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Young pilot student in her uniform flying light craft plane in the sky. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The truth is that while college is meant to prepare you for a job in your field, many people graduate feeling lost. They enter a job market that may be drastically different from what they expected when they started, they find themselves in debt, and their prospects are all for entry level jobs that are seeking people with more experience than they have. When you have graduated and are feeling lost, flight school may be the unlikely answer that you have been looking for. (more…)

Posted November 18, 2014 by

Employers, Are You Interested in Hiring Veterans?

Employers are constantly looking to hire the best and brightest people to help their companies succeed.  While they might have certain candidates in mind, it is important for them not to forget about those who have served our country.  Veterans who are transitioning from military life to civilian life might have the skills and experience employers need to fill job openings.  They do not want a hand out, just a hand up in preparing to enter the job market. (more…)

Posted August 15, 2014 by

College Students, Will You Prefer a MBA or a MPA When Searching for Jobs?

Before graduating and searching for jobs, some college students might want to earn either an MBA or an MPA.  Which one should they choose?  The following post might help students decide.

Stuck deciding between a Master in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) is a hard place to be. Although it depends on what you want out of the degree, here are some factors that could help you make the choice to invest upwards of $120K and two years of your life in the

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Posted August 04, 2014 by

Herbal Medicine School And Career Opportunities

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Do you know what exactly Herbal Medicine is meant for? It aims to bring back the body to a state of natural balance, in order that it can start healing itself. It’s the study of holistic and herbal remedies, which helps to treat illness and ailments. While the couse acquaints students to herbal medicine  and its uses as an alternative type of medicine. Herbal Medicine or call it as ‘Alternative medicine’ has become an up-and-coming field, which offers many professional opportunities. (more…)

Posted July 30, 2014 by

Which Study Abroad Program is Right for You?

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Glass globe on a book with study abroad in the background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

For many people, college just wouldn’t be complete without a study abroad experience. But as exciting as it is to live in a foreign country, a well-chosen program will offer much more than the thrill of traveling and learning a new language — it’s an opportunity to develop skills that will translate well to your career and add real value to your degree.

When searching for the right program, your first stop should be the Study Abroad office at your school. The staff members are trained to guide you toward the programs that fit your college and career goals. In your discussions with the staff members, be flexible regarding location and length of program. Perhaps you had planned to spend a semester in France, but the best program for you is a summer in Eastern Europe. Studying abroad is about adventure, not vacation. Let yourself go where you need to go. (more…)

Posted June 16, 2014 by

Are Career Fairs Still Important for College Recruiting? Other Strategies to Find the Best Talent

When it comes to college recruiting, you would think that college career fairs are a big factor in finding new hires.  However, this may not be the case for all companies.  Learn more, including other strategies to search for talent, in the following post.

Below are a few ways that companies can optimize their university recruiting strategies and build a stronger pipeline to recruit interns and new-grads: Discover the most difficult courses on campus and find the students who…

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Posted June 04, 2014 by

Why Recruiters Might Accept You into Business School with a Less than Impressive Academic Record as an Undergraduate

For recruiters considering your MBA applications to business school, what could make the difference between you being accepted or rejected?  Find out in the following post.

A lot can change between the time you’re 18 and, say, 28. Let’s say straight out of high school wasn’t your most studious and sensible life period (you’re definitely not alone) and your undergrad GPA reflected that. But as you got a few more years of experience under your belt, you settled down

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Posted May 29, 2014 by

Have New Hires for Recent College Graduate Jobs? Why Training for Diversity and Inclusion is Important at Work

Employers who have hired new workers for recent college graduate jobs should respect diversity and inclusion on the job.  In the following post, learn why, and how training can be helpful.

A functional and efficient workplace doesn’t run on work ethic alone. For it to truly flourish, special attention needs to be taken to ensure there is a strong culture of respect in an organization. It’s important for modern businesses to consider that unconscious bias is a very real thing, and can massively impact vital

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