What if youre dedicated to the idea of returning to
school but due to job pressures, financial pressures, home
demands, or a combination of all three, you just cant
commit to a full-time student lifestyle? Then you should consider
Many universities and community colleges have degree and certificate
programs aimed specifically at part-time students. Classes
might be offered on the weekends or in the evenings, or the
school may offer intensive schedules where you attend classes
only one weekend per month.
If you decide to pursue the part-time path, youll have
the benefits of greater flexibility, but there are some drawbacks.
Youll be juggling many and sometimes conflicting responsibilities,
so youll need to master the art of time management.
Also, your part-time status may make you feel excluded from
both the work and student environments. Finally, the time
it takes to get your degree or certificate may be double that
of a full-time student.
Despite the drawbacks, part-time learning is a valuable investment
in your career and in yourself.