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Can't afford to quit; need school for career change
Is it possible to work full-time (40 hours), hold an additional
part-time job (evenings) and take classes?
I ask because I currently work full-time and I would like to
take some evening classes this summer and fall (need a career
change), but I don't have enough money to pay for them. Since I
cannot enroll full-time or even part-time for a degree or
certificate (because of my full-time job), I cannot get
financial assistance. I would like to get a part-time job on
the side working some evenings when I am not in class and all
day Saturday and Sunday. So I will be working one full-time
job, one part-time job and taking about 2 classes a week. Does
anyone else do this? How does this work out for you?
Opinions either way is appreciated.
When I was working on my masters and working full time, I could only
take one class a week. I tried two, but felt that I was doing nothing well
and everything poorly. There must be some financial aid or loans that
you can take advantage of. I would advise to keep looking. When would
you study if you were working all of those hours? When would your
children see you?
I am a single parent of 5 yr old twins, I work full time and also
I have a part-time job on the weekends. This semester I've
recently returned to school to pursue my nursing degree. I will
admit its very difficult juggling everything but It's worth it.
I'm truly happy because I'm doing something that is satisfying to
me. I do get very guilty because I'm not there for my twins the
way I want to be. I've also disrupted their schedule on the
nights I'm in school meaning they go to bed later and still have
to wake up early in the morning. But I've talked to them and
con't to talk to them about how important this is for mommy and
things will not always be this way. HOw much they understand I'm
not sure but I feel if I stop then I'm cheating them out of a
better life and also myself. So you have to just decide on whats
best for you and your family and go from there. It is difficult
but you'll make it through. I am.
Yes it is possible I am doing it now. But I took three classes
this semester and it is tough. I ususally take only two
classes. You have to be totally committed to this decision. I
have two jobs a husband and two teens. My husband is
supportive of my efforts and this is very helpful. All of my
classes are online. There is no way I could do it all and make
it into a classroom too. My life is completely full with no
time for any luxuries. I have been doing it for the past year
and a half and I am almost done. Though it is very stressful,
it is also very satisfying. Now that I am so close to the end
I find I am going to miss my classmates who have been in many
of my classes.
I discussed this committment with my husband and made it clear
that I am going to be very preoccupied for a while. This
summer I plan on committing my attention to my family for their
support of my education. I am hoping this will all lead to a
better job, because I am going to need it to help pay back all
the student loans.
If you are truly committed to taking on this adventure you can
do it. But make sure you are mentally prepared for the
pressure of school. You also need to be prepared for no social
life, less exercise, and lots of reading and sitting.
Good luck in your decision.
You can do it if you put your mind to it!
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