Juggling work and study: New Years resolution

The New Year brings with it so many good intentions. Many of you will be considering taking on study as well as your usual job. I only do one paper a semester, but I’m by no means the postergirl for work/study/life balance.

I had visions of being one of those annoying mature (does 27 count as mature?) students who do all the readings, write practice essays for the tutor to look over weeks before it’s due, and generally be an all-round nerd. However, reality isn’t really matching up to the dream. After staring at a computer screen all day editing content for the Careers New Zealand website, often the last thing I feel like doing is sitting down at home and cracking open the books – let alone writing a 2,000 word essay.

When I was a uni student the first time around, I found four papers a semester plus working 15 or so brainless hours at the supermarket a week very achievable. I never really felt snowed under and there was always time for socialising. I was the essay-writing machine, with an A- average at Otago. This time, I stress over every assignment and hand them in, less than perfect, at the last minute.

Why am I putting myself through this? As an editor, studying linguistics is a great way to learn more about what I deal with every day – language. My study should make me better at my job and stop me from falling into the getting-home-from-work-and-veg’ing-in-front-of-the-television trap. There is the satisfaction gained from completing an assignment, even though you drank 40 cups of tea and ate three packets of biscuits while writing it.

Study also looks great on your CV – showing that you see the value in education, and constantly increasing your skills will always be appreciated by employers. It also shows that you have dedication and perseverance.

However, it is extremely time-consuming. Weekends spent at my desk, looking wistfully out the window at everyone enjoying the sun, dreaming of the day when I could truly relax. You also have the cloud of study-guilt following you around. If you’re not studying you feel like you should be…

Therefore, my resolution this year is to stay on top of my study, not get stressed due to procrastination, and to get some slightly better marks!

If you’re considering tackling study this year, why not have a chat with one of our wonderful online career advisors? They can help direct you to courses to advance you in your career.

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