Being a Full-Time Student with a Full-Time Job

As of current, I’m applying for entry-level full-time jobs around several close-by cities so that I can make substantial money, finance a car, and be able to transport myself to a four-year university next year. It’s not a dream of mine, but it’s something I need to do. It’s an unwelcome welcome into the world of adult-hood and more bills piling up. Yay.

Not to mention this part of life. (photo by limaoscarjuliet)

Not to mention this part of life. (photo by limaoscarjuliet)

Anyway, as I’m going through this process of finding a job – I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing. Can I really, and I mean, really, work around being a full-time student with a full-time job? Not to mention that I would love to continue writing for a long while. In this article, I’m going to be providing the pros and cons to this lifestyle – not a dream lifestyle, but one that some of us have to live in order to sustain ourselves and create a better future.

It’s a tough task to balance being a full-time student with a full-time job – not to mention all other walks of life. If you pay more attention to one, the other will suffer. That’s what it’s all about: finding the perfect balance that’s going to take you from stressed, anxious, and upset all of the time, to happy, peaceful, and stressed – but it’ll be eustress, not distress.

Perhaps it is better for one to take on the responsibilities of a full-time student via distance learning.

Idealist says it best in their article entitled, “Grad: Working full-time and studying full-time: Is it possible?”, when they say:

The reality is that few universities or employers even conceive of their programs and positions being undertaken simultaneously on a full-time basis. As is evident from the term “full-time,” full-time studies or full-time work are seen as being about as much structured activity as a person can handle in conjunction with the requirements of everyday life. If you opt to do both at once, you are bringing twice the demands and twice the responsibilities into your life (for a certain amount of time).

Neither your work nor your school will ever come to a halt while you navigate the demands they each place on you. In all likelihood, you will struggle to keep up with the requirements of both (and possibly be told by people in both places that you are compromising the quality of each).

This tug of war can take many forms, from schedule conflicts during crunch times to an accumulation of tasks that become difficult to balance. For example, you may have to stay up late several consecutive nights in order to finish a school assignment by a deadline that just happens to coincide with the day you need to file a report and present to a new client at work. Even if you have a fair amount of influence over your work schedule, you can’t control for everything. Perhaps the annual conference you are supposed to attend for work will fall during your mid-term exams.

Keep in mind that there are many benefits to being a full-time student and having a full-time job. You just have to know what you’re signing up for before the race begins.

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