Just as good as the benefits of working and studying are, it also has challenges. It is true that you will be making money while you are working towards achieving your educational goals. You will be relieving your sponsors of the burden of having to pay your tuition and other costs.
It is true that you will be getting on-the-job experience, especially when it is in your field of study. It is also true that working at the same time as schooling, will give you the opportunity to develop and improve your management skills since; you will be working and attending school simultaneously. It will be a platform for you to learn effective time management.
But with all of these benefits, there is no doubt about the fact that there are some difficulties to be encountered, when you multi-task. Here are some of the challenges you will have to face, when you work and study at the same time and how to overcome them:
- Poor Social life
Working and studying will take up all of their time. Such that, they will not have the time to do all of the things they used to do with their leisure, before they started working and studying but there is also a need for balance so that whatever you are doing don’t encroach on the other
Most people that work and go to school at the same time, tend to have a poor social life. Their lifestyle will be a like a routine of going to work and coming back at the same time every day, eating and studying at the same time every day. No time to have fun or hang out with friends and family members. No time to go for shopping, parties or to involve in sports activities like football and the likes.
If you find yourself in where your social life is uneventful as a student, you need to revive it. Balancing your social life plays a vital role in your learning process. All work and no play, makes jack a dull boy.
Your work is important to you as a person, same as your education. You can be sure to succeed, when you are able to continuously prevail over all of the challenges of working and studying at the same time.
- Lack of Sleep
If you combine work and study, you are likely to suffer from Insomnia. That is, not being able to get the amount of sleep needed, to keep you active and refreshed all through the day. This is because you will be working during the day and doing most of your studies during the night. After a while, this practice becomes a routine.
For instance, if your alarm rings in the middle of the night, everyday, between the hours of 12 am and 3 am to wake you up so that you can study. It will get to a time when, even without the alarm, you will wake up at night by the usual time, whether you want to study or not. Once your body system becomes familiar with not sleeping at night or sleeping for a limited amount of time, you may develop a chronic condition of lack of sleep.
In order to prevent this, you may have to vary your hours of study so that, you don’t get used to not sleeping at a particular time. Assuming, you already have a time table for studying at night. You can give yourself breaks in between the days of the week. That is, instead of all the days of the week, you can just pick two or three days of the week for the purpose of studying at night, and on the other days, you can make out time to study during the day. The point is that, you should not deprive yourself of sleep for too long or make an habit out of not sleeping as this will negatively affect your health.
It is important to note that, our brains need time to process all of the things we learn daily. This is done at night. That is why, sleep is very important. Because, aside from making you feel refreshed and well rested, everything you have learned during the day, will register in your brain while you sleep.
- Low Grades
This is connected with lack of sleep, as a person working and learning simultaneously, it will affect your grades because your level of concentration will decrease. When you lack concentration, you will find it difficult to understand the subject of your study and it will in turn affect your grades.
But, if you are able to take the steps above in addressing the issue of lack of sleep and burn-out, it will in turn affect your grades in school, positively.
- It Leads To Burn-out
Burn-out is an advanced stage of stress. It is a situation whereby, a person feels mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted, as a result of stress. Burn-out is a condition when you feel bored most of the time and you feel that no day is a good day for you. It will drain your energy and affect your productivity, negatively. When you feel overwhelmed, worn-out and helpless because of all the stress involved in studying and learning, then you are possibly suffering from burn-out.
Working and studying at the same time could result in a Burn-out condition. This condition is not good for your health and it will definitely affect your performance in school. So, what you need to do at times like this is to recognize that you have this condition. Then, you can go about how to manage your stress effectively. After which, you should create time for yourself and seek medical support.
All of this and lot more that we didn’t mention are challenges to working and studying. It is not bad to study and work but make sure you manage it well. Just as you have time to work also make out time to relax and you will be free from all this challenges.