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Student Story - Balancing study & work as a masters student

Written by Sahana Srinivas, Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) Student

Having done detailed online research and connecting with my friends to learn from their experiences, I decided that Australia is the ideal destination for me in terms of not only education but also accomplishing my goals as compared to the other countries. This is especially due to the multicultural exposure as well as the career opportunities that Australia allows to tap upon, which has let me go an extra mile along with attaining exceptional education and a path towards success.

I chose Flinders University to pursue MBA-HRM after finishing my master's degree at Macquarie University as my studies at Macquarie helped me narrow down my career options in human resource management. I selected the Flinders University MBA-HRM programme as I felt it will give me a head start on a plethora of opportunities. Since starting my study, I have joined FBSA to network with other business students and to grow professionally. Being a member of the team has allowed me to collaborate with like-minded individuals and network with industry leaders. Additionally, taking part in other events as a team has been memorable.

As I became more comfortable with my topics, I started working part-time. I believed that learning and working would complement each other since I would be able to use my knowledge while also growing in my career. When I first started working part-time, it was a little difficult since I didn't have the time or drive to experience corporate life in my own country. Finding a balance between job, studies, and personal time was challenging. I began prioritising my tasks as I got ready for this transition. However, keeping the balance of work and studies was at first tricky. After a few sleepless nights and not eating enough, I realised how vital they are since I was always stressed and tired. I started out writing to-do lists and setting reminders on my calendar on a regular basis, ensuring that everything was completed by the end of the day. Taking some time off on weekends to paint, going to the beach, and spending time with my friends was just as important as getting work done.

Finding a job isn't difficult; but, striking the right balance between work and study can be tricky. Here are a few things to consider in order to maintain a work-life balance.

Make sure everyone is informed.

When applying for a job as a university student, looking into a student employment board and verifying your class schedules should be at the top of your to-do list, but they aren't enough to get you started. It is critical to maintain constant communication with your employer and teachers in order to effortlessly combine your commitments at work and school.

Keeping everyone informed is a must to prevent any clashes along the way. When your employer and instructors know that you’re working and studying at the same time, they’ll be more flexible with your schedule.

Maintain your health.

No matter how eager you are to study or work, you will be unable to accomplish it if you are always ill.

As a university student, you may easily manage work and study if you consume a nutritious diet, get adequate sleep, and exercise on a regular basis. Don't forget to take vitamins and drink plenty of water. Middle-of-the-day naps can also be beneficial.

Give yourself a treat (you deserve it)

Work and school success are equally vital as a university student. You should never forget to reward yourself, no matter how busy you are. Doing this on a daily basis will motivate you to keep working towards your goals. You could spend time with friends, go to the spa, or dine at your favorite restaurant.

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