April 6, 2016
Top 10 Success Tips for Balancing Full-Time Work and Part-Time School
Many people dream of pursuing a creative career but lack the educational requirements. Add to that being tied down with many obligations, those with high goals for the future feel they just can’t attain their dream because there are things in their way, such as working full-time or even having to raise kids. However, there are many ways to enroll in programs like cosmetology while working full-time or having other retraining obligations. Here are ten tips on how to balance full-time work with part-time school.
1. Find a School That Fits with Your Work Schedule
Cosmetology schools offer part-time programs for folks who hold down full-time jobs. If you’re on a 9-5, Monday through Friday schedule, look for schools that offer courses at night during the week. If you work at night, find a school that offers courses during the day. If you work a really long schedule during the week, you can find schools that offer a part-time program on the weekends. Some schools may even offer part-time online classes. The key here is to find a school program that best fits with your current work schedule.
2. Use Imagery
You know what you want your future to look like. To keep yourself motivated find an image that represents your future. It could be a photo of a famous stylist, a location such as a salon or a city or a photo of your kids. Choose an image that you can look at everyday and know why it is important to you to keep pushing forward and succeeding.
3. Get Others to Help Out
Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members to help out. Speak with them before even signing up for a class. Ask them to help you with watching the kids, cooking dinner or cleaning. You can even reward them with something like a free facial for their services if money is tight.
4. Develop a Plan
Develop a plan, write it down and stick with it. Once you have an established plan, it’ll be set in stone and you’ll have your path to putting your passion into action. Without a plan, you’ll be grasping at straws. With a plan, you’ll have a road map to success.
5. Have a Positive Mindset
While it may seem overwhelming, keep thinking positive. You can do it. A little confidence goes a long way.
6. Stay Flexible
Even if you have a plan in place, things may change, and you may have to shift gears a bit. Stay flexible and rearrange your plan if need be.
7. Stay on Course
Keep the course. Likely, you’ll be busy with both working and learning, but stay the course. Keep a daily schedule of what you need to accomplish and go for it.
8. Reward Yourself Along the Way
Don’t forget to take time to give yourself some kudos for meeting the challenges of working full-time and taking part-time classes. Treat yourself to a sundae or enjoy a stroll in the park.
9. Share Your Journey with Others
Let others know what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. It’ll reinforce that can-do attitude while letting others know that they can do it too.
10. Put Your Knowledge to Work
Lastly, once you’ve got the education you need, it’s time to pursue your passion. Go for it. Find your dream job and reap the benefits of all your hard work.