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How To Get Higher Education While Working Full Time

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Working full-time, no matter what time you start and end, can certainly take a toll on your well-being. It can be really difficult to attend school full-time while doing so. Fortunately, these next few ideas can help anyone accomplish both their professional and educational goals. Sound good? Read on to find out more!

Online Courses
These days, it's more than possible to complete the requirements of your degree program entirely online. Instead of having to show up at class for a specific time frame, you can log in when it is convenient for you to do so. Before you enroll in any such program, look into any residency requirements that the school might have. Resident requirements mean that you would need to spend at least a little bit of time on the actual campus. This can range from a one-time weekend seminar to a full semester of courses, so be careful!

Part-time Programs
Even though you're working full-time, you don't have to go to school on a full-time basis too. Look for colleges that offer part-time programs in a field in which you are interested. Whether you are looking to procure an undergraduate degree or to work toward a PhD, it's generally possible to find programs that will allow you to take as little as three credits per semester, which is generally the equivalent of one class. After the first semester, you might decide that you can handle more, so go for it! Keep in mind that most PhD and MD programs won't allow this, but most MA, MBA or JD programs will.

Earlier Work Hours
Depending upon the type of field in which you work and how much flexibility your job offers, you might decide to ask your boss if earlier work hours are possible. For example, let's say that you are currently working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which limits the classes that you are able to take. Find out if it is at all possible to work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If so, you will be freeing up a few more hours in your day to take classes. They may also let you work 4 day work weeks, or leave early one day to stay later another.

Evenings/Weekends
You should also look into programs that will allow you to take classes on the evenings or weekends. As far as evenings go, it's usually fairly easy to find a graduate program that will allow you to do so. Graduate schools generally recognize that many students work during the day, so classes will go from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. or later. Weekend programs are often available too. You can often find such programs at the undergraduate level if that is the type of degree you are looking to obtain. "Saturday school" is becoming more and more popular at various colleges across the nation, and it's now very possible to finish a whole semester's worth of classes in as little as four weekends.


Javier Jimenez writes about his experiences in education and the business sector. His recent work is about earning a cheap online MBA.



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2 Comments

  1. Disgruntled says:

    I read this article because I am interested in learning while working full time. Now I am not saying I want all the answers given to me but it would have been nice to have some links to websites that do offer the programs you mentioned. In addition were do parents have time to study and work, that is in no way discussed. Needless to say I didn't get anything from this article.

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  • These days, it's more than possible to complete the requirements of your degree program entirely online.
  • Even though you’re working full-time, you don’t have to go to school on a full-time basis too. Look for colleges that offer part-time programs in a field in which you are interested.
  • Depending upon the type of field in which you work and how much flexibility your job offers, you might decide to ask your boss if earlier work hours are possible.
  • You should also look into programs that will allow you to take classes on the evenings or weekends.