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    Studying and working part-time, how do YOU do it?

    ^ At the moment I feel as if I'm struggling.

    • My job isn't related to my course
    • I do 6-10 hours more a week than I was contracted to
    • Interacting with customers all day has me drained.


    I've already spoken to my manager about the hours and that I can't do as much anymore due to studying, hopefully this will help but I think I'll inevitably have to quit.

    What kind of jobs do you guys do? Does it have an impact on your studies at all?



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    Quote Originally Posted by fallindreamer View Post
    ^ At the moment I feel as if I'm struggling.

    • My job isn't related to my course
    • I do 6-10 hours more a week than I was contracted to
    • Interacting with customers all day has me drained.


    I've already spoken to my manager about the hours and that I can't do as much anymore due to studying, hopefully this will help but I think I'll inevitably have to quit.

    What kind of jobs do you guys do? Does it have an impact on your studies at all?
    I'm a physics and math major. I held 4 jobs at once(I was a math tutor, a physics tutor(two different spots on campus), a physics teaching assistant and a research assistant) and also pulled off a good GPA while doing honors classes.

    It's intrinsic motivation. My dream is to become an astronaut and it's a deep intrinsic desire for me. So while I do get tired, it isn't "work" for me, because everything is more or less training. All my jobs are related to my field and so I get stronger in math and physics each time and even if I don't, it's mental training and toughness, because if I'm going to match my ambition, I need a certain mental toughness.

    But that all wouldn't come to me unless I had a large amount of intrinsic motivation. It's easy for me to pull 90 hour work weeks, because seeing me getting closer to that goal feels a hell of a lot better than watching Netflix all day.

    So in terms of there being available hours, there are. But it means no netflix, no videogames or other things that take a lot of time, and to completely discipline yourself. Getting 8 hours of sleep every night so your body is well rested, dieting(dieting is huge for the amount of energy you can get), excercise etc.

    But that doesn't come unless there is a large intrinsic motivation. So I guess I'm saying, there isn't a magic answer. It requires a bit of self reflection, because the goal is to enjoy your life and not just be a workaholic. I'd meditate and ask yourself questions. How this means to you, what does the money mean, can you cut things like internet time and Netflix etc?

    And if it does mean a lot to you. Keep a journal. Every morning I remind myself the feeling of getting closer to that goal and how goddamn good it feels. And even though it feels shitty now, once it's all over. That warm feeling of accomplishment is going to feel so much better than something fleeting like watching a show on Netflix, at least for me.

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    I was a part-time barista for 6 months while I was in my second term of grad school (taking up a masters in accountancy) under a full load. I worked almost 40 hours a week during the day and went to school at night on weekdays and in the morning on Saturdays. It really burned me out, physicallly, mentally, and socially (I had to interact with other people far more than I was used to, and that's usually not good for an introvert such as myself). It was extremely difficult and my grades slipped a bit, but necessity is a very strong driving force. I'm under a full scholarship, but I still needed money for my everyday expenses, so even when I wanted to quit, I knew I couldn't.
    Now I've got a FULL time job while on my third grad term, still with a full time load. It's because my brother is now going through college too and I need to help with his expenses. It's only been a month since I started with the full time job and I've lost 5 lbs already. As I said, necessity.
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    I work full-time, spending 9h at work + <2h commuting. I live with my husband and we need to cook and do house chores. I'm currently taking my masters degree through e-learning. I'm a programmer and my masters is about IT and business. My course demands reading of books and each week I have to hand in 2 deliveries/tasks.

    It's not that I'm completely devoid of time for myself, but it does make it harder. But since I'm enjoying the course content, it makes it less like a chore and not too different from reading PerC or other stuffs online. I guess that we see study as pure chores that we might not see how we can turn it into enjoyment at times.

    In the end, just as @Nightmaker81 said, it's about motivation. I've decided to put some extra efforts on getting a masters because I want it. I feel motivated to get it and study it. It's an achievement I enjoy getting.

    Sometimes it can be hard thought, programming drains mental energy that at the end of the day I feel like doing brain numbing stuffs like Netflix. XD I do allow myself to succumb in some nights, but at the end of the week I need to have the study goals properly achieved. It's important to also learn how to plan your relaxing time too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolatentropy View Post
    I was a part-time barista for 6 months while I was in my second term of grad school (taking up a masters in accountancy) under a full load. I worked almost 40 hours a week during the day and went to school at night on weekdays and in the morning on Saturdays. It really burned me out, physicallly, mentally, and socially (I had to interact with other people far more than I was used to, and that's usually not good for an introvert such as myself). It was extremely difficult and my grades slipped a bit, but necessity is a very strong driving force. I'm under a full scholarship, but I still needed money for my everyday expenses, so even when I wanted to quit, I knew I couldn't.
    Now I've got a FULL time job while on my third grad term, still with a full time load. It's because my brother is now going through college too and I need to help with his expenses. It's only been a month since I started with the full time job and I've lost 5 lbs already. As I said, necessity.
    Oh wow, hats off to you. I hope that your work doesn't interfere with your studies too much, but you sound like you're quiet well organised.

    How did you manage to mentally recuperate from being around so many people? Since I feel that's what has been getting to me the most lately.
    @AriesLilith
    I guess that we see study as pure chores that we might not see how we can turn it into enjoyment at times.
    I definitely don't see studying as a chore, since I actually enjoy my course :) My problem is working part-time, as I feel I'm losing valuable hours to something I'm only doing to pay the bills. Since I am also studying media occasionally watching Netflix could be considered research (as it gives me visual references to things I might of learnt in class).

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    Hmm reading this thread led me to a question:

    I wonder which one would be more stressful, working fulltime + studying part time or working part time + studying full time?

    I am thinking of doing one of these myself, but I'm not sure which one to opt for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schizoid View Post
    Hmm reading this thread led me to a question:

    I wonder which one would be more stressful, working fulltime + studying part time or working part time + studying full time?

    I am thinking of doing one of these myself, but I'm not sure which one to opt for.
    If you're lucky enough to get a job that works with your course, (or the reverse - take a course to help further your career) then I don't think it would be as stressful.

    Problem is that it often isn't the case, so I would opt for part-time. I can't speak from experience - since I'm not sat a part-time course - but I would feel as if that would be less stressful, because educational systems seem to be a lot more understanding that you have other commitments than a work environment (especially in retail, as they expect you to be "on-call").

    Then again you might work someone who understands your needs and won't ask you to do anything extra. What are you considering studying?

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    My junior year I had my first kitty therefore I had to get my own 1-bedroom apartment (I rented a room in someone's house therefore no pets). All of a sudden my cost of living went way up. I got 2 more part time jobs on top of being a part time teller at Bank of America. I went back to waitressing and a box office cashier at a night club. Carrying a full load at school and having 3 part-time jobs I was home only to shower, change, and sleep. Financially I barely broke even, too. It was stressful but thankfully I didn't have to ask my mother for help.

    I don't remember how I did it but I did it for a year. My senior year I spent in London therefore no more working while studying (my cat went to my mum).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallindreamer View Post
    Oh wow, hats off to you. I hope that your work doesn't interfere with your studies too much, but you sound like you're quiet well organised.

    How did you manage to mentally recuperate from being around so many people? Since I feel that's what has been getting to me the most lately.
    Lol. Now you're about to realize that I was not deserving of your praise.
    I didn't. I never quite managed. Thus the break up with my then-boyfriend. Lol. I started needing more and more time to myself, outside of work and school. I felt suffocated and drained of my social reserves.
    I guess my advice to you is to take advantage of whatever time you can spend on your own. Try to take solitary walks and just breathe. No matter how packed your schedule is, try to devote time to this, even if it's just half an hour out of each day. Trust me, you're going to need it if you want to make it through.
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    I'm a student at University and I have a part time job as a Deli clerk at a supermarket. For my first week I was working 5-6 hours a day for four days, now I'm being scheduled to work 8 hours a day four days a week, even on days when I'm in class all morning. I'm just a few hours away from being full time at this point. I can balance college work and my job, the problem is that I won't have time or energy for much else. I'm hoping my schedule will change a bit and I'll at least be able to work some mornings so I won't have to get home at 10:30 every night.


     
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