How to manage studying while working full-time

May 29, 2014

How to maximize your learning to stand out in the crowd to hiring managers

Managing our time is difficult at the best of times, but even harder when you’re pursuing further education. We spoke with customer care trainer Pooja Rudra, who is pursuing a Master’s in Human Resources Development online through Drexel University to get her advice on managing study and work.

“It takes a little bit of creativity, but I think it’s helped to not have too many family responsibilities,” said Rudra, who doesn’t have children to deal with outside of work. “I tend to work 10 hour days and then study past that. What I do is I typically stay at work and get my study done. I don’t step away for my lunch break, so I stay at my desk and work on schoolwork.”

Worried about an impact on social life? The answer is: frankly, yes, said Rudra. “I don’t let it compromise my work, obviously, as that would be unacceptable, but it’s definitely had a very big impact on social life. There’s not a lot of time to do anything other than work or study.” However, she described it as a necessary evil, and a happy sacrifice.

The key is to know what to expect, said Rudra. “There’s so much information available online, so I would just say go into it expecting to put a lot into it, or at least go into it fully aware of what you want and what you’ll need to do to get what you want out of it.”

And when completing an online degree, be aware that it will take some getting used to if you’ve never completed a correspondence course in your undergraduate studies. “Grad school has a lot of writing, and if you’re not well versed with processing and synthesizing a lot of information and reproducing it in your own words in paper, it’s difficult,” said Rudra.

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How to maximize your learning to stand out in the crowd to hiring managers

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel University is a global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. Drexel is recognized for its focus on experiential learning, commitment to cutting-edge academic technology, and growing enterprise of use-inspired research.  Drexel University began offering online courses in 1996, a pioneer among institutions of higher education.  Today, Drexel Online provides over 100 degrees and certificates in a multitude of fields to aspiring students everywhere. Online programs include an MS in Human Resource Development, Master of Legal Studies – Human Resource Compliance Specialization, and more.  Learn more.