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Oct 13, 2012

Working In College and How To Juggle

Whether you have to work to pay for school or to have spending money, it’s not easy; but it can be done! All you need to do is learn how to juggle your school and work load, here are a few tips to help you succeed at both:

Work Study Program: Before you start working as a college student, check with your school to see if they have any work study programs. These programs are directed towards students looking to make money while in school by maintaining their academics. Some jobs can be on or even off campus depending on the school and the program. Jobs partaking in these programs are very aware that you are a student and know that work comes second.

You are a student first: If you are unable to find a work study job, speak with your boss. Your boss needs to know that school comes first, so that means if there is a large final or group project your schedule may be difficult at times. If you attend a school in a college town, most employers understand this. But keep in mind that just because you are a student doesn’t mean you can get away with being unprofessional. Always notify your employer if you will be late or need help covering a shift as SOON as possible.

Create a Routine: As a student and an employee you need to be able to create a routine for yourself that works. Try creating a weekly schedule based on your homework, project load and your shift schedule. Write it out for yourself to see and schedule in the hours you choose to study and what not. Have a routine for the week and know it well; you can save yourself tons of stress by creating a routine to follow.

Make time for yourself: School and work can get very tough after a while, it is important that you enjoy college and the experience that comes with it. Be sure to make time for yourself between your classes and work. Join an organization that meets monthly or an intramural sports team to keep you healthy and active.

Don’t get overwhelmed: If school and work begin to stress you out or overwhelm you, talk to your professors and your employer. It is easier to change your schedule with an employer than it is with a professor. Request fewer hours until you get a routine that you can handle.

Working while in school is definitely doable, as long as you make time for yourself, create a routine that best works for you and speak with your employer and school when you need help.

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About the Author
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to www.nanny.net/ service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.
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