Considering a return to education but worried about how you will juggle your studies with your other life commitments? Then a part-time course might just be for you. Not only will a part-time course provide you with the flexibility to combine your academic studies with your work and family commitments, but it can also improve your confidence and indeed enhance your social life. Nonetheless, the decision to undertake a part-time course is one that should take careful consideration. So here’s some questions to ask yourself before making your decision.
1. Why do I want to do a part-time course?
Before you sign up for a part-time course you should first ask yourself why? Why do I want to do a part-time course? Write down your reasons for doing further study, what you want to achieve and how a part-time course can help you to do this. The three main reasons we hear for people undertaking a part-time course are to further their knowledge in a given area, accelerate their career progression or to facilitate a career change. If any of these ring true for you, then a part-time course could help.
2. Is a part-time course worth the time and money?
There’s no right or wrong answer as to whether a part-time course is the right thing to do. It all depends on you. If you’re ready to apply yourself, meet new people and indeed take your career to the next level, then yes a part-time course is worth the time and money. However, if you’re not willing or able to put the effort in right now, then maybe it’s best to give the course a miss for this year. Be realistic about the demands and commitments required. Consider your partner, your family and/or your current role, and make sure you have the support of the people around you to do a part-time course.
3. Can I facilitate a part-time course?
What this boils down to is whether or not you can physically do a part-time course. Most part-time courses are run over two evenings a week with some Saturdays, so you will need to be free and able to attend lecturers at least two evenings a week. Sure, this sounds like a lot at first, but just think of it as a hobby. Like football training or yoga class, a part-time course can also be fun, and looks great on your CV.
4. Is the college close to my place of work?
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