They say that the key to happiness in life is about balance; however, balance is not something you find. It’s something you create, and this can be easier said than done. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study for a master’s degree in digital marketing while working in a position where I put what I learn into practice.
This decision, of course, comes with challenges. But over the past couple of months, I have learned a few lessons on how to balance my work and study.
1. Keep everyone informed
Keeping everyone informed (yourself included) will help an immeasurable amount of maintaining a balance, especially in the beginning. When starting, it can feel like you are getting pulled in every direction, whether by lecturers, employees, or employers, but keeping them all informed as to when you are available can ensure that you can give both sides a fair amount of your time.
2. Don’t leave anything to the last minute
It is next to impossible to perform at your best at school or work if you decide to wait and complete an assignment or finish a project at the last minute. It is best to break these tasks down into manageable pieces and tick them off once you have completed them. This way, all of your work will be of better quality, you will not be as stressed, and you will perform better in your job and studies.
Many apps can help you with your task management and productivity, allowing you to allot time for your studies, your job, and, most importantly, yourself.
3. Learn how to manage stress
Having a job and studying can lead to stress, especially around exam season, but there are many ways to manage this stress; it all depends on what works for you. Activities such as mindfulness or exercise have been shown to help lower stress levels.
Managing your stress is vital as it will allow you to stay focused and productive, enabling you to be at your best. Many schools and colleges will have services available to students to help them manage their stress and staff that you can speak to if you are struggling.
4. Set boundaries
From time to time, people will ask you to do something that will not allow you to complete a task for work or an assignment for school and if it is not very important, simply say no.
It sounds simple, but it is an easy way of maintaining the balance between your work and study life. It is impossible to do everything for anybody, so set realistic boundaries for what you can get done.
5. Find work in your chosen industry
If possible, try to find a job that relates or is similar to your field of study as this is a brilliant way to help balance your work and school life. This opportunity will let you apply what you are learning from school to work and what you pick up from work can allow your studies. What’s more, this relevant work experience will stand for you after school when looking for a full-time role.
I am studying for a master’s degree in digital marketing and have entered a position in a recruitment firm part-time on their marketing team. This job has allowed me to apply my lessons from university to my work and has become a valuable form of study for me.
6. Reward yourself
My favorite way to help balance your work and studies is to reward yourself when a task is completed. It doesn’t have to be anything huge; it could be as simple as heading out for a nice dinner, buying something nice for yourself, or maybe a night out with friends. Choose a reward that you will be looking forward to encouraging and motivating you to keep up the hard work and put your best effort into what is needed.
Maintaining this balance is made even easier with the help of supportive employers and teachers, something I am blessed to have, and I hope that everyone else can find.
Hopefully, these simple tips can help you create a healthy balance between your work and study while still allowing time for you to enjoy all that the college experience has to offer.
If you’re preparing for exams at the moment and curious about what your career options are after, get in touch, a member of recruitment team would be delighted to help.