Working while pursuing a higher education degree can be a very challenging no matter what demographic scene the student belongs to. Many times, working and dealing with everyday family demands can be tiring, let alone having to study for a test or preparing an assignment. There are many key factors that play an important role in assisting working students through their academic journey successfully. A study conducted by Bayt revealed that almost 38 percent of the working adults who were pursuing their education from Dubai Universities despite being a full-time working employee in UAE, received very little or no assistance from their companies which could have helped them completing their education in an easy or carefree manner.
Highlighted below are some of tips that can be adopted by working adults in the UAE, in order to create a work life balance.
1). Make a list of your priorities
This is very important. Realizing your priorities and focusing on them automatically helps in making a schedule that is productive for studying. Also, it helps in a balanced working routine.
2). Time Management is Important
First and foremost, start making a list of things you do all day for a week. This way, by the end of the week you’ll be able to see clearly how much time your each task takes. This also helps in omitting the ‘not-so-important’ asks to make time for studying.
3). Take one step at a time
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks you are supposed to do. When you are a working adult, creating balance between work and education can make you panic, but it’s important that you don’t let it take its toll on you. Complete one task at a time and move on to the next.
4). Relax, it’s important
Each day, keep one task that really makes you happy or feel relaxed. Just one. Go out with friends or family, visit a relative, or a historical place. This shouldn’t be too complicated to achieve or heavy on the pocket.
5). Personal habits and lifestyle’
Being a working adult in UAE, and having to study too can be a little hectic. In all this, do not neglect your personal hygiene, sleeping and eating habits. Too much stress is not good as it can handicap your learning abilities. Remember, a healthy body means a healthy mind.
Balancing work and education in the UAE and Mena region in general has proved to be tough, especially for 10 percent people, who have already either switched their jobs due to the pressure or are actively looking for it. However, it’s not that difficult if one starts to employ their managerial skills for the purpose to create a balance in their daily routine.