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How To Get An Education While Working

By Edited Jan 25, 2016 5 25

Do you want to get an education?  Are you concerned that your job will keep you from getting an education?

Do you have limited time and limited resources? Do you think that all of these things are keeping you from getting an education? 


Did you know that there are people who go to college everyday despite being in the same situation? 

There are mothers that pursue college while working and taking care of children.  There are fathers that attend classes and work two jobs.  You can still get an education even if you have a job.  Here are some suggestions to that can help you get an education while working.


Use Your Benefits

If you are employed by a company that provides benefits to its’ employees, you need to take the time to understand those benefits.  Many companies will offer a benefit for those that are pursuing their education.  Of course the benefit varies based on the company, but popular benefits include paying for a percentage of the cost of the education, making accommodations for those in school, and allowing those receiving an education to participate in special programs. 

If your employer does not offer any benefits, you should consider working part time for a company that will provide benefits.  One of the best examples is FedEx.  Even if you are a part time worker, FedEx gives its employees a stipend (a set amount of money) to use for educational costs.

Get Your Boss Involved

If you are pursuing a degree in the same field that you currently work in, you should let your boss know that you are pursuing further education.  Your boss will be able to tell you the requirements for positions that are above your current position.  Please take some time to make sure that you are committed to getting your education before you talk to your boss.  Once you share this goal with your boss, he or she will probably want to stay updated.

Use Your Experience

As a worker, you have an advantage over other students that have not entered the workplace.  You understand how to answer interview questions.  You know how to complete tasks that are judged by others.  Make sure that you use these skills to your advantage.  Volunteer to work as the leader on a team. Volunteer to work on projects with your professors. 


People don’t like networking because of all of the unpleasant feelings that are often associated with it.  While you are pursuing your education, you have a built in network. Use it to your advantage.  Take the opportunity to talk to professors that have information about the job you want to do (even if you have not taken a class with them).  Visit career services and express your interest in a job.  If there is a company that employs people in your field, ask for an informational interview.  This will provide you with the opportunity to meet people in your field and give them the opportunity to associate themselves with you.

Be Persistent

The best way to get an education while working is by being persistent.  You want to make sure that you look for ways to show that you are growing in your career field.  You can do this by participating in organizations in your field, volunteering, and impressing your professor.  It may be difficult, but pursuing an education while working can be one of the most beneficial things that you do in your life. 




Dec 2, 2011 12:44am
Don't forget that education doesn't have to be in the classroom :) It comes from life experiences and motivation to learn more and more, which is what I feel this is an avenue for doing :) Great article!
Dec 3, 2011 1:31am
Hey StreamlineInfo! You are right. Online writing is a great example of getting an education outside of the classroom. Also, there are so many professions that require you to continue to get education outside of a classroom because they know the benefits of continued learning. Thanks for reading.
Dec 2, 2011 1:36pm
Many employers offer you the chance to advance your education (by paying fees etc.). The sad thing is that so few employees take up the opportunity. Those who read your excellent article may have a change of heart.
Dec 3, 2011 1:33am
Tom I agree. I know a few people that I ended up educating about the benefits at their workplace (because they did not even look into their benefits). I hope that this article will help motivate people to get an education while working. It only requires a little bit of commitment.
Dec 8, 2011 3:11pm
This is very good information, Aurora! Early in my career I took advantage of the opportunity to participate in specialized evening courses and my employer paid for everything. Everyone should look into this!
Dec 8, 2011 4:50pm
It is so good to hear someone say that they used those benefits! You got a wonderful deal. You are right, everyone should see if their employer offers tuition assistance.
Dec 17, 2011 12:06am
Nice read, absolutely love the idea of employer assisted tuition.
Dec 17, 2011 12:20am
Thank you. Employer assistant tuition (sometimes called tuition reimbursement) is one of the best resources that people can use to get an education while working.
Dec 17, 2011 12:23am
I answered "Yes" to every question in the first two paragraphs. And that sucked me in to reading the rest. Nice intro.
Dec 19, 2011 11:59pm
Thank you very much! I am glad that you liked the introduction.
Dec 17, 2011 1:04am
I believe that this site Infobarrel itself provides education to all its employees while working. I learnt so many things to pursue my career as a writer. Thanks for such a great article with so many insightful ideas!
Dec 19, 2011 11:59pm
You are right. InfoBarrel is a wealth of information. Thank you for the compliment.
Dec 18, 2011 7:15am
Thanks for this. I'd post it somewhere else where more people can read it. :)
Dec 20, 2011 12:00am
I may consider doing that WebAddict. I really hope others are motivated to get an education even if they are working.
Dec 19, 2011 6:39pm
These are great points. If you are determined, it can be done.
Dec 20, 2011 12:00am
Yes, a little determination will go a long way.
Dec 20, 2011 5:29am
@AuroraWindsor, already did. :)
Dec 24, 2011 6:02pm
Good to hear.
Dec 20, 2011 10:52am
thx this of info
Dec 24, 2011 6:02pm
You are welcome! Thanks for reading.
Dec 21, 2011 1:57pm
There are also many online classes, often times free, that allow you to continue educating yourself in your industry. You may have to dig a little bit and discern which are gimmicks and which have some good nuggets you can take away. Good hunting!
Dec 24, 2011 6:13pm
You are right. There are so many opportunities to get an education even if you are working. If you do your research you can find some good deals.
Dec 24, 2011 8:52pm
Education can never be a bad thing, but taking on student loans can be daunting. Employer-assisted education is a great way to go; if you don't have that opportunity, be sure to look into available grants since they don't have to be paid back.
Mar 24, 2012 3:45am
Great advice LLWoodard. People often overlook the free money when they go to school. If someone has to get alone, I suggest only taking out the amount of money that is needed to go to school.
Sep 25, 2012 11:25pm
Learning can be in everywhere, moreover there are many online school/college now.
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