Balancing a Job with Your Education

By Nate C

Balancing a Job with Your Education

So you’re getting older and looking for a job! You apply to McDonald’s, and after a short interview, they hire you. After the first shift or two, you think that it’s easy, but school decides to step in. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of work and dedication that these two tasks force you to give, but everything will be okay if you just follow these tips!

  1. Take it slow
    1. Just because you have a job, doesn’t mean you have to start working every day of the week for 7 hours a day. Limit yourself to one or two shifts a week, and get comfortable with that workload before adding more to your plate. After a while, if you think you can handle it, take on more hours.
  2. Find a work-school-social balance
    1. Don’t work too much so you overshadow school and getting social with your friends. However, don’t prioritize hanging out and neglect school and work.
  3. Talk to someone
    1. Go to a parent, friend, coach, etc., and ask about how they managed to balance their school life with their jobs. It may do you some good to understand how others have coped with these problems.
  4. Take a deep breath
    1. As juvenile as it may seem, taking some time to stop and relax is a good thing. Sometimes you just need to calm yourself down in order to help hype yourself back up!

Using these tips, this workforce journey can become a lot less daunting. Eventually, you’ll be able to help others who struggle with the same problems you are now, but for now, take it slow, and remember that this is an important step in life. You don’t want to push yourself too hard and squeeze the excitement out of it.