Happy Management Monday!

Happy Management Monday!


Today's management article comes from Matt Harding.  He is a third-year journalism student at Wayne State University, a photographer, and a lifelong Detroiter. He has covered major political and sporting events and is the author & photographer of Belle Isle: Discovering Detroit’s Crown Jewel. Matt’s current project can be found on GrandCanyonJourney.com.  Just from his bio, you can tell Matt is a busy guy who knows just how much of a balancing act it can be working through school.  Below, he tells us how to effectively manage both.


Having a job during college is stressful, but it can also be rewarding if you manage to balance it with your class schedule. Whether it’s a part-time or full-time job, or even a work-study job, odds are it will get in the way of your classes from time to time. Prioritizing which is more important is the key to a good experience.


First, my advice would be to write everything down in a planner, calendar, or any organizational tool you use. Knowing your work and class schedule seems like a no-brainer, but it is especially important to write it all down in the first few weeks of the semester. Once you begin a routine, it is likely you’ll be able to remember all of your classes. Still, writing things down is a simple and effective tool to remembering all of the things you have to do, and it is instrumental in balancing your work and school schedules.


In addition, writing down your class assignments is important. If you know an essay is due in two days and you haven’t started, you’ll be less likely to take on extra hours at work when your boss asks—or at least you should be. In addition to this, you should always make sure your employer knows your class schedule. You should be straightforward with your employer, letting them know your priorities before you begin working.


If you want to maintain a balance between work and school, you will have to have discipline in regard to your priorities. A friend of mine, and former college student said, “Saying ‘no’ to extra hours at work, or saying ‘no’ to that late-night party must happen sometimes.” However, it is important to add that there can be a time for extra hours at work and late-night parties. These extra activities need to be scheduled along with everything else.  Having time to hang out with friends or having time to join a club is incredibly important. It is, in fact, the most important aspect of balancing a job with your class schedule. There are things aside from your job and classes that you want to do!


Nevertheless, maintaining a balance between your job, your classes, and your life is difficult. Sometimes, you’ll have to miss a class or tell your boss you can’t make it in to work. The most important aspect of doing this is understanding what is expected of you.


If you skip a class, communicate with professors and let them know you will be absent and that it won’t be a regular occurrence. The same formula is true for calling off work. However, always remember falling behind in your classes is not the reason you came to college and missing work every other day isn’t why you got a job.


Keep a schedule written down at all times and keep lines of communication open, and you’ll be able to find your own personal balance in no time!

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