Work & Study-Balancing Both In a Masters Degree
Choosing to study Masters after graduating from Bachelors is becoming increasingly common as time goes on and the job market becomes more competitive. The edge a student can get with a Masters degree is tremendous-it can allow them to specialize in their field as well as take part in not only advanced courses pertaining to the field but also a thesis dedicated to it where they can showcase their knowledge and skills on the matter.
However, be it for financial reasons or just an itch to get into the job market, most students end up working jobs alongside their Masters degree. Some are part-time while others are full-time. A Masters degree can support both since its schedule is much more flexible than that of the Bachelors so the student will have a lot more free time on their hand.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips you can utilize in order to properly balance the work-study spectrum in your Masters field.
Pursue an Online Masters
Now, studying an online degree does have its disadvantages, as we’ve seen during the turbulent years of COVID-19. It’s easier for you to lose focus since you’re in your home (a place you normally associate with relaxation) and on your computer (can easily click off to social media) so it requires some willpower to focus on the matter. It’s much more impersonal than a face-to-face type of education. The quality of the education could be questionable, the lack of accountability due to you being online could make you slip up and so on. Studying online is by no means the optimal choice.
However, if you can work past all of these flaws and still focus on your studies, then there is nothing I would wholeheartedly recommend more than studying it online. The flexibility and freedom that is already offered in a typical face-to-face Masters education is doubled, and you will be more than able to hold down a full-time job this way.
Stick to part time jobs (or maybe part-time studies)
Alternatively, if you don’t have a full-time job or would very much like to have your education be face-to-face, then a part-time job seems like something much your speed. The pay might be less, but the fewer hours and flexibility that they offer will more than help you in managing your time and schedule to fit in both work and study.
However, if you really insist that the full-time job is more important either for financial or personal reasons, you could always shift over to part-time studies instead. Depending on the universities, they will offer different ways for you to take your courses such as night-time courses. Hell, you can go ahead and choose both if you really feel like it-give yourself all the free time in the world, it’s your life. There are several universities in the UK, Australia and Germany which offer these part-time studies in their system.
Imagine a job, but instead of working in a restaurant or office or other establishment outside of your place of study you can work inside the university itself. Enter stage left, work-study programs. These are forms of financial aids offered by universities which differ from scholarships and the like-you work for them and they give you money. Granted, this isn’t a surefire way of dealing with your finances-some universities pay pretty for your services (we’re talking minimum wage low) so sometimes the salary won’t be worth it because it won’t really be enough to cover any of your costs. But if your university is offering a program and the pay seems relatively abundant, there is no reason you shouldn’t go and sign up immediately. Not only do you get money, but you also do so with less time spent commuting (more time spent on studying) and are able to develop your skills even further if the program you picked happens to be in your field of expertise.
Take an internship
I know that they don’t offer any salary of any kind, but hear me out. This is more than just a salary you can get at the end of some work. This is an opportunity for you to learn some valuable experiences and get good with a certain company or two out in the job market. If you’re good on both free time and money, you simply cannot go wrong with an internship-the right one could very well make your career.
And there you have it-a few tips on how to manage both work and study in your time as a Masters student. There are other general tips to increase your academic success, such as:
- Planning the class schedule ahead of time
- Keeping in contact with your classmates and keeping updated on the going ons of your university
- Trying to get your teachers and employers help, especially when it comes to getting them to cut you some slack
- Taking some time to rest and relax-all work and no play will make you a dull boy
- Seek out more options of study if you feel overwhelmed by the more traditional options
This is just a free sample. For more tips and tricks on how to survive uni life, be sure to check out Udrus.