by Matt Alderton | May 21, 2019
So, you've decided to go back to school. Whether you're chasing an MBA or another advanced degree, you probably can't afford to quit your job and study full time, like you did when you were an undergraduate. You'll therefore need to become adept at juggling work and school, author Daniel Bortz writes in an article for Monster.
"Even if you're fortunate enough to work for an employer that will cover all or at least part of the tuition costs, working full time while going to school can be draining both physically and mentally, which could take a toll on your work performance," notes Bortz, who says balance begins with buy-in. Specifically, your employer's buy-in.

"Before you take on [a] heavy course load … you're going to need to get your manager's support," Bortz says. "Meet with your boss to discuss your plans before you begin the program. Once you've conveyed that getting [an advanced degree] will be a win-win for both you and the company, you can ask about flexible work arrangements like being able to work remotely one day a week while you're on campus."

Synching your work and school calendars also is key. "Balancing work and school will require solid time-management skills," Bortz concludes. "An easy way to better manage your time is to get the syllabus for each course you're going to take, and compare class deadlines, such as papers, midterms and final exams, to work deadlines and business meetings, and then plan your schedule accordingly."

More Tips:

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
Contact Successful Meetings with your "How To" ideas.