The Millennials Series: How to Balance Full-time Work with Part-time Study

In this day in age, it is so imperative that we embrace life-long learning, whether it is in a formal or informal setting. I’m of the opinion that in order to be your best self, you need to continue to learn and develop your skill set.

Despite vehemently protesting upon the completion of my Bachelor’s degree, and then Diploma of Leadership & Management, back in 2016 that I would not study again for a few years, it took barely 6 months before I enrolled in my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in March 2017. A year and a half later, with 6 out of 12 subjects under my belt, I realised how much life becomes a juggling act when you are working full-time, studying part-time, and also competing in a sport at a National level.

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So how do I manage to balance full-time work with studying part-time?

  • Blocking out time. Blocking out time in my calendar for studying has meant that I can ensure that I don’t get distracted and can prioritise. It also means that I can block out time to spend doing things that I love as well, like training or catching up with friends.

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  • Making the most of my commute.Ā I have about an hour commute each way from work, so I like to make the most of my time. I will read my allocated readings from my lecturer on the train via my laptop or phone so that I am prepared when I attend my online lecture each week and can spend some time drafting responses to the forum questions.

If you’ve got any other tips on how to balance working full-time with part-time study, I would love to hear them. Please email me at sammie.johannes@gmail.com.

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