How to Balance a Job While Taking Classes

Getting a college education while working a job is a balancing act; follow these tips so that you can do both!

If you work and go to school, it is important to consider how you will manage work, classes, and studying. Not only does ABC have money management tips for our HBCU college students, but we also know the best ways to balance work and school. Consider these tips for balancing your school life with your work life while attending a historically black college in Arkansas!

1. Scheduling

If you are a full-time student, experts recommend working no more than 20 hours per week. Most experts set the sweet spot for work hours around 15 hours. Make sure you are staying within the 15-20 range for your maximum number of hours.

Consider applying for and working at an on-campus job. Your classes have you on campus regularly, so it will cut down on extra hours spent traveling if you can also work on campus. In addition to the scheduling benefit, there is the benefit of meeting new friends and networking.

If you are a part-time student, consider your options for both school and work. Talk to a counselor or advisor who can help you find class options that fit into your schedule. If you are working mainly day-time hours, you might also consider online classes. Always ask what services are available to support evening and online students.

2. Set expectations

Set expectations for yourself with how many hours you will work and how many hours you will study. It can be very helpful to track your time for a week to see how everything fits in your current schedule.

Set expectations with your manager as well. If you choose an on-campus job, your manager will know that you are a student and will be willing to work with you. If you choose an off-campus job, make sure your manager knows that you are a student. Make sure they know what your class schedule and exam schedule are well in advance. Set proper expectations so that they know when you are available and when you are not.

3. Get help

If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help. This could be something as small as asking your family or roommate to make the grocery store trip this week. You can also ask your manager to cut back on your hours. You can ask for help in the tutoring center or from your professors so that you can study smarter and waste less time with inefficiency.

4. Stay healthy

With work, classes, and studying, nothing goes well if you are not getting enough sleep and are not healthy. Make sure you are still taking the time to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and eat healthy, energizing food.

Also stay healthy by taking a break. Plan a social outing. Meet up with your friends. The small breaks from work and class will help you to recharge.

Want some more tips? Check out the career services center or get in contact with Arkansas Baptist College by calling us at (877)-643-5390.

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