Post # 1
I am starting grad school this month, and am taking one class this summer, hopefully, if everything goes according to plan, taking 2 in the fall.
When I talked to work they basically didnt give me a whole lot of options as far as changing my schedule. I work for local government, so I wondered if this was part of the inflexibility. I know it is not their reponsibility to support me, but the handbook makes it seem as though a lot more flexibility will be offered for “educational pursuits” but in reality, very little is.
So for you work/school Bee’s, what schedule do/did you work while in school? Did any of you eventually leave a job because of this, in search of more flexibility?
Post # 3
@PeaceLoveLaughter: in graduate school i took a full course load, worked full time, and had a volunteer gig. My school also claimed to be smiles and oh so flexible and… they weren’t. Class A (needed to graduate!) was offered Fall semester at ONE time every other year. That’s how it was. Your options were to take it, wait til the next time it’s offered, or don’t take it. You could, in rare situations, find the prof teaching it, and beg them to essentially let you take it without being there. A friend of mine did this b/c (like you) due to her job there was NO way she could even make part of the class! It was 3 hours long, and the prof offered her to be late… but she’d miss at least 2/3 of it. So, she had to read all of teh same material, some supplemental material, turn in weekly thoughts/journal entries (this i never full understood what she had to do), an extra paper, and the same tests. also, for the course you had the option of going to DC for a certain weekend project. She HAD to do it (which she knew up front). Not all profs will do this, and some will offer different material. I did soemthing similar and ended up teaching/TAing a class, plus writing monthly papers and reading material.
Do you have an adviser? Try talking to them to get an idea for how flexible they will be. Would you miss the needed class entirely? I had another class where a classmate was late every single time (and I assume since prof was a stickler for being on time, this had to have been discussed at some point). Is this only one course here and there you have an issue making or all of them? Is your job related in any way to the program? If so, see if they can offer credit for it! You never know
Eventually I had to cut back my volunteer gig. At the end, I strongly disliked my program, but that’s also got to do w/ some other issues.
Post # 4
I work full time and take 2 grad classes each semester. My job (also government) lets me make any schedule I want, provided I work the minimum required number hours per pay period. I work a 6am – 3pm schedule every day, and have every other Friday off. My courses generally start at either 4 or 6 pm on week nights.
Post # 5
Full disclosure–I was only in my MA program for a year; however, I obviously didn’t know I would drop out when I first started. My employer let me shift my hours so I came in earlier/left earlier, but still worked full time. I was also able to schedule all weekend and evening classes for my program, so, while I didn’t have any life outside of school and work, I was able to fit it all in. However–I do think a lot of that had to do with the position I had at the time (in customer service). If I were to go to grad school while in my current position, there’s no way I could do full time with both (particularly because I travel a lot more).
Post # 6
@abbie017: wow. I really thought that’s how my work would be and they are like…uhhhh no. I wanted to do 7-3 so I wouldnt have to change flex schedules each semester but they said it was “unrealistic”. Really? More unrealistic than making a new schedule every, what, 8 weeks? Just a tad bitter right now, haha! I know it’s possible, I just feel as though they are trying to be turds about it.
Post # 7
I work 8-5 and go to school 6-9. My job is only flexible in the sense that they understand if I have to do something the next morning rather than that evening. They still expect me to check my blackberry at school.
Post # 8
@LGenz: Glad to know I’m not the only one! I just thought because of the way they had been talking for the past few months that they would give a little bit, but when it came down to talking about my schedule, it didnt exactly work that way. I’m just a tad nervous about it but I’ll get everything done!