(Closed) Job + School: What did your job do?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@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
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 7
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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.

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