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When you're feeling under pressure, picture yourself further
down the line with your qualification in hand
It's a great way of furthering your studies and knowledge while
enjoying the benefits of a regular income. Of course, working while
you study is going to present some challenges, not least of which is
managing your time. Here are some ways to best prepare for it:
You're going to need to ask friends and family to support you, as
things like social engagements and even housework take a back seat to
your studies. Be clear on what your needs are and manage the
expectations of those around you so they know just how busy you're
going to be.
You aren't going to be able to slack off at your job in order to get
coursework done. But if you discuss your timetable and goals with your
teachers and manager, and keep those lines of communication open, you
might find there's considerable leeway and goodwill you can draw on.
If your manager can see the direct benefits that your study will have
in terms of enhancing your skill and ability in your work environment,
they'll be much more likely to support you, perhaps even by reducing
Look at your timetable and see where you can carve out extra minutes
in the day for study – whether it's while you commute to work or by
waking up half an hour earlier.
Make sure you know exactly why you're studying, and choose a course
that inspires you and is going to boost your career opportunities.
That way, if the going gets tough, you'll remember why it is you're
doing what you're doing.
Although it may at times feel like too much hard work balancing both
work and study, the benefits are enormous, especially if you have
on-the-job experience to draw from that can enrich your studies, and
vice versa. You'll also still be earning a salary, therefore avoiding
the debt that lots of students fall into.
Remember, above all, that a positive attitude, flexibility and
dedication are the three things that will see you through what is,
ultimately, a finite period of time. And when you're feeling under
pressure, picture yourself further down the line with your
qualification in hand.
TAFE NSW offers a range of
services to support students, including flexible timetabling and
childcare for mothers. For
more information, contact the student services department of your Campus.