Life is something of a balancing act for most of us. Whether you’re juggling work and a family, or a military obligation and a new child, there’s always something that seems to be pulling us one way or another.

When it comes to going back to school, though, the idea itself can be a little overwhelming. This is especially true if you need to maintain a full-time position to take care of personal obligations.

To help you make the right decision when considering going back to school, we’ve compiled a checklist of tips to assist in creating the right balance to suit your specific needs:

Visualize your objectives.

Before diving headfirst into your education options, make sure you’ve taken time to outline the reasons why you’re going back to school. Increasing pay scale, promotion opportunities, and switching careers are all great reasons that still require heavy consideration before committing.

Create a strong, reliable support system.

Establishing a supportive team of family, friends and co-workers is one of the best ways to ensure educational success. They’ll be able to lend a hand when you need extra support either maintaining your school or work lives, giving you more time to focus on the important stuff.

Outline job expectations with your employer ASAP.

In the event you can’t find a position that’s more flexible, at least take the time to express your intensions to your current employer. Make sure to be as specific as possible about your plans and how it could affect your job. This opens up a dialogue that could lead to the two of you working out a system that allows you to work and go school effectively.

Consider online courses.

Sometimes your work schedule is a rigid one, you’ll have to get creative. MTC offers a collection of online course options that let you earn the right degree while still being able to fulfill all of your work obligations.

Manage your time wisely.

Between work and school, you’re going to have a lot going on. Getting into a scheduled routine is going to help you prioritize your days, while allowing you to create a weeks-long forecast of what you need to get done.

Blend the lines between work and school.

During your time at school, you’ll pick up useful social and educational skills that can easily translate to your time at work, and vice versa. A work-related project can be used in a school paper or presentation, while a relationship with a professor or study group can be used to assist with a client issue at work. Leverage the connections from each to

help you excel in both realms.

Carve out times to relax and recharge.

The stress and strain of balancing two lives can take its toll, so make sure you’re regularly setting time aside for yourself to rest and regain your energy, whether it’s reading a book, watching your favorite TV shows, exploring outdoors, or taking a trip somewhere, always find some time to re-center yourself before getting back into the
thick of things.

Get Started Today.

There are many education and career paths available at Marion Technical College, and all it takes to get started is a little research and the determination needed to be successful.

Are you ready to take the steps towards a better future? The application deadline for all July/August 2017 MTC classes is April 6, 2017, or until classes are filled. For more information about MTC’s available programs, check out our course catalog, or call (352) 671-7200.