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STUDENT LIFE / JUN. 07, 2013
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Working Part Time Towards Higher Education

Individuals that have finished their secondary education and wish to pursue further education often do so whilst taking up part time employment. This option of studying whilst working has become an increasingly popular and appealing option for many individuals as it allows them to progress in two fields simultaneously.

Factors to consider

With options such as distance learning available, pursuing part time work has become an opportunity which most individuals consider before engaging in full time education. Most educational institutions across the world encourage their students to work part time in the course of their degree.

There are various options to consider before embarking on higher education and part-time employment.  Firstly, the aspect of distance learning needs to be fully understood. This degree is usually undertaken by employees who wish to study part time. By doing this, employees will receive their qualification over a longer period of time, for example a Bachelors in Business being completed in 5 years instead of 4 years.

In either case, it is vital for the employee to seek support from their employer as they can assist in them receiving study leave as well as additional time off for exams.

In order to benefit the most from part time employment during the course of your higher education, it is advised to work in a field or industry that is related to your course, for example for a degree in Maritime and Shipping, employment in a shipping company of any position can be of an advantage.

With online discussions and virtual classrooms available in distant learning courses, students are not deprived of the social aspect of higher education, which in turn, draws many people into to doing a distant learning course over attending University full time.

Benefits of working whilst studying

The main benefit of working while studying is the fact that students are able to finance themselves and avoid getting into debt. One of the other main benefits of studying and working simultaneously is the important skills your gain. To be put in a working and academic environment at the same time equips students with key skills such as time management, organization, team work and taking initiative.

Many students graduate from university without having the basic skills of working in a professional environment. Working part-time enables students to understand the dynamics of a workplace and prepares them for the “real world”. 

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