The purpose of education is to prepare us for real-world work experience. However, once one has entered a profession or work force, there are still opportunities for growth that can be achieved through further education. How do we handle pursuing both schooling and work, simultaneously? Having a workable plan, using flexible resources, and combining your career with your education can help you achieve those work and school goals without overwhelming your life.

Create a Workable Plan

Overscheduling yourself is counterproductive! Without a wise balance of time commitment and energy to work, school, and other aspects of your life, you will not perform as you want to within any of those spheres. Establish a vision or end goal for your career or your life, and then begin determining the steps necessary to reach that vision. The most important element of “planning” is to be realistic with your time and capabilities as you work towards your goals, so that you won’t find yourself discouraged or overwhelmed. Finally, be flexible! Your plan will almost certainly have to be altered, reevaluated, and changed according to outside factors. Be patient with yourself and your resources; you will get where you want to be, as long as you are diligent in adhering to your plans.

Take Online Classes

Advances in technology have created an excellent, accessible and affordable means of education for people in any circumstance. With an online course, you don’t have to follow strict class times, giving you more flexibility. Because time management is such a key part of balancing work and school, this is a great resource to take advantage of in order to free you of the constraints of scheduled classes. There is something for everyone; types of classes available are limitless, if you are willing to do the digging to find them!

Combine Your Education With Your Career

Maybe you are already in a career you enjoy, doing something you are passionate about. Further education may open doors within that field, expanding opportunities and introducing you to facets of your work you may end up loving. One way many people combine their school and work efforts is through certification programs, which allow you to gain a specified knowledge or emphasis on a certain topic. What’s more, sometimes companies will even pay for you to take a course (or courses) that certify and qualify you for work they find beneficial to them!

Your education and your career don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There are ways you can manage both, each benefitting the other through study and experience. Find ways that work best for you to work towards the educational and professional goals you have for your life!

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Getting involved in higher education is a noble pursuit. If you have a full-time job and family to take care of, however, you may feel like you are crumbling under the pressure. Finding balance in your life between work, family, and school will relieve you of this burden so you can offer your best work no matter where you are.

Make a Plan

You should start by planning out your average week. Block off time for classes and work first, then attribute the rest of your time to one of these three goals. You should add in time for sleeping, eating, and personal time to relax (you wouldn’t want to burn yourself out).

Once you have created your plan, you should stick to it each day. This will help you work effectively and keep your mind engaged in the work you are doing at the time. Choose a specific day of the week to update your plans as necessary.

Take Online Classes

Going on campus for school can be inconvenient if you have a busy work schedule. Your college may be out of the way and you may not have time to travel between your work and the campus building. Thankfully, many schools offer digital options for convenience.

Online courses give you more flexibility and the ability to learn at your own pace. You can also “attend” class from any building or location so long as you have a working internet connection. This is effective if you travel a lot for work, or if it isn’t practical for you to be in a classroom.

Ask for Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice! Going to college can feel overwhelming on its own—let alone having a full-time job. You should consult with other people who have been in your position before to see how they coped and what helped them. They likely will be glad to help you navigate this stressful period in your life.

Communicate with your teachers and boss as well. Let them know your current situation and see what they can do to accommodate your position. Many professors have helpful resources and office hours you can reach out to get further guidance.

In doing these things, you are placing your priorities in the right place. You will more effectively use your time and may receive additional guidance from your peers and mentors. Don’t be afraid to try online classes if campus life is too hard to work into your schedule, and things should turn out perfect.

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For a lot of entrepreneurs, their work life is fast-paced and all-encompassing, while this may feel good for a short time, it isn’t sustainable and can lead to burnout. Figuring out how to make your entrepreneurship more sustainable and less likely to end in burnout can help you to be more successful and happier in your work. The exact balance is different for everyone but figuring out your own will help you a lot in the long run.

Achieve a Better Balance

One of the main factors that lead to burnout is a poor work/life balance. If you’re spending all your time at work, and not getting to do the things you need to at home, you’re bound to burn out eventually. To achieve better balance work to create an actual schedule with times when you are at work and times when you are not. Then, stick to the schedule and try to leave work at work.  Zig Ziglar always said “No wonder people are tired, when they are at work they are thinking about home, when they are home they are thinking about work, they are never where they are and always someplace else”  If you’re working from home this can be especially difficult so work to build a specific office space in your home and only do work things from there. That way, when you leave your office space you know you are no longer at work and can leave your work thoughts for tomorrow.

Offload Your Businesses

When you are running your own business, you can feel like everything is your responsibility. Finding ways to delegate responsibilities or offload some of your business can help you to find a better balance and be less likely to burn out. Sometimes, even selling your business may be the right thing to do, so be sure to leave that option on the table. You should make sure to get a fair price for your business by getting an estimate of its value.

Make Time for Yourself

Though you probably get a lot of enjoyment and fulfillment out of your business, you can’t be the only thing you do for yourself. Take time to care for yourself, your physical health, your mental health, and your overall well-being. Doing this will help you to find a sense of calm and get more fulfillment from your work. Take breaks, meditate, exercise, and do the things you love so you can feel happy and refreshed for work

Finding ways to make your work more enjoyable is important if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur. Making your life more balanced will help you to avoid burning out and complete the work you need to finish. 

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In many fields, your income is solely based on your salary. While a salary can be highly predictable, jobs that pay on commission can give you a much higher earning potential. With a commission-based job, you earn a percentage of whatever product you sell so your income is based on your performance.

Insurance Sales

As an insurance agent, you would work as a liaison between the customer and the insurance company. It is your job to find an insurance policy that works for the customer’s situation. You could choose to sell one of many types of insurance include life, home, auto, health, property, etc. In many cases, insurance agents make most of their living off of the commissions they receive. Of course, the amount an insurance agent will make from a commission depends on a lot of factors. It’s determined by the number of clients you have, your experience level, as well as the compensation agreement with the insurance company. Overall, you can make quite a bit of money the more you sell.  

Real Estate

Real estate is a very broad field with several job opportunities. Many of these work on commission. One of the most common would be real estate agents. These agents earn a commission based on how many houses they sell, and they have a fairly high earning potential being the agent earns between 1-3% of the total sell price. Similarly, real estate lenders earn a commission based on the amount of money they loan. One of the best parts about these types of jobs is that you not only control what you earn, you can also depend on a regular amount. Mortgage brokers can also earn commissions on top of their salary. So, you get the best of both worlds with these jobs.

Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representative

When working as a retail sales rep, you sell directly to customers. A wholesale or manufacturing sales rep will sell to companies or government agencies. Primarily your job is to sell products to customers. However, there is a lot of work that goes into this. You need to identify customers first and then work with them to determine what their needs are and then help them meet those needs. In the end, you can depend on a commission for your work.

Working on commission can be a great opportunity. You get to have more control over your income because it is mainly based on your performance. Not to mention, one commission can be quite a bit of money. Do some research to see if any commission-based jobs appeal to you.

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If you are looking for a career in real estate finance, there are many possibilities for you to pursue. Start by looking at the career options available to you. This can be a great way to figure out where you would like to go and how to enter the real estate world at the beginning of your career.

Portfolio Manager

One of the options you have available to you is to become a portfolio manager. This kind of position would give you the opportunity to learn about a variety of properties and help your clients to be successful with their real estate portfolio. You would look at your client’s financial goals and the capital they already have to help them make wise real estate investments and to continue managing those investments over time. An average annual salary of just over $94,000 and a decent job outlook make this an enticing career option.

Source: https://online.wharton.upenn.edu/blog/how-much-do-portfolio-managers-make/

Mortgage Broker

Mortgage brokers are in the unique position of being able to be outside uninvolved parties that facilitate the purchasing of property. You function as a middleman in this position, coordinating between the loan officer and the purchaser of a property. The average mortgage broker salary can be $50,000 to $90,000 depending on the area. Since this is a more independent position, it can be a great way to start out your career in the world of real estate finance, and is a great place to continue to grow and succeed.

Source: https://www.podium.com/article/how-much-does-a-mortgage-broker-make/

Financial Advisor

If you are flexible in your career goals, financial advising may be the perfect way to address your interests in finances and real estate. Though financial advisors may not be focused entirely on real estate, they have the unique opportunity to be involved in many aspects of financial life. You can help your clients to prepare for different aspects of their financial real estate future such as buying homes, purchasing investment properties, and purchasing other properties. This can be a fun way to explore your love of real estate while also getting to be involved in other aspects of finance. With a median salary of over $90,000 per year, this can be an awesome career opportunity.

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-states-where-financial-advisors-make-the-most-money-2019-03-20

If you are interested in finance and real estate, there is a whole world of opportunities and careers for you to explore. Finding the right one depends on you doing your best to learn about a few options and keep learning until you land on a choice that you love. Whichever career you end up on, you are sure to find something exciting to do in the world of real estate.

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