How to Maintain Classwork/Work Balance

how to maintain classwork/work balance

We know that many, if not most, of our Concorde students are adults working in health care training programs while also holding down full-time jobs. The effort and time required to do both can present challenges even in the best of circumstances. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes. There are ways to combat those challenges and make your busy schedule more manageable. We always want our students to be successful at Concorde. So we asked a couple of our campus directors of student affairs for their advice on how to best balance work and schoolwork. Here's what they had to say.

Three key points in balancing health care training programs with work

When advising a student on balancing classwork in health care training programs and work, Zane Wilson, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde's campus in Portland, Ore., had three key points.
  1. Plan out the schedule. It's critical to plan out things with the "old pen and paper" or electronic version of a calendar that provides hour by hour options, Wilson said. "The goal is to see the details and the commitment needed to be successful in both the role of an employee and student. Planning plays a key role in changing our habits and mindset."
  2. Communicate the schedule. Students should not underestimate the importance of communicating to both the employer and school. The student should be transparent with schedule needs on both ends to avoid conflicts. Setting clear boundaries upfront will help the student's manager/supervisor with planning for business purposes. It also give the student more time to get to work without rushing. Finally, it makes the student accountable for sticking to that schedule.
  3. Stick to the schedule. Balancing work and school already is challenging, but if you break the schedule of success, there is not much to expect but a turbulent path. You'll be tested time and again with distractions. But, the school and work schedule is a short-term sacrifice for a long-term reward of employment. Stick to the schedule, and you will see the results.

More tips on balancing health care training programs and work

Lori Liebman, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde's campus in Garden Grove, Calif., had a few tips of her own to add to the list.
  • Prioritize! Take care of items in order of their due date. If multiple things are due on the same day, do the easy items first. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and success.
  • Enlist the support of friends and family so they can contribute to your success. Share your schedule with them and don't be afraid to ask for help so you can study.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself if things don't work out perfectly. It's only temporary.
That last piece of advice might be most important. You're not alone. Working through health care training programs while holding down full-time jobs is difficult for everyone. So, develop a good working schedule, put together a solid support system and, most of all, give yourself a break. You deserve it!
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