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Job and University at the same time??

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by hugorilho, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. hugorilho

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    I posted this question in another thread but this a different issue.

    I'm starting a posgraduate course in Public Relations next september at Newcastle University. I'll be doing it as a part-time cause I want to get a job in IT. I chose Public Relations cause I have a portuguese undergraduate course in Journalism and Media Studies and this course is closely connected to mine. But that is to satisfy my academic side, cause what I want to do is work in IT, where I feel confortable even with no professional background. This part time university course will result in +\- 10 hours per week. For those of you who have 1st line helpdesk experience, do you think that both tasks (course and job) are compatible in terms of schedule. I feel ready to it because I'm a multitask guy but I don't know if my future and hypothetical employee will agree letting me to attende the lectures in the morning and work for the rest of the day? Have any of you been a similar situation???
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    I handled a 12+ semester-hour course load for my BSc in Chemistry while working full time.
     
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  3. LordMoolyBap

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    I have had a mixture of the past couple of years. Mostly I have worked full time in the day doing various IT jobs and then studied at nights (first NVQs in IT and then HNC and HND). I am currently studying with De Montfort Uni in Leicester with 1 day day release over the summer doing a professional development course. My employer has let me have the time off during the day and is still paying me but I have had to fund it.

    I am starting a part time Msc in September and that will be mainly in the evenings with a small bit of day time. My employer will be ok with a bit of time off as it is related to work but won't pay for it.

    I have been up to this sort of malarky for about 4 years now and will be for about another 3 years. It's hard work doing both at the same time. Only thing is, like I have said employers tend to me easier on you if the time off and the course you are taking is related to the job.

    That said, if you are doing postgrad public relations why go in for first line support??

    Hope that helps, Dom
     
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  4. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I work on a helpdesk as a supervisor, and so get a lot of out of hours work to do as well as the standard 'day job'. I'm invariably up at 6am, and home by 7pm on any normal given day.

    I'm doing a part time degree in English and German, and whilst it's exhausting sometimes, the fact I'm doing both jobs for the love of it (being both a computer and a linguistic geek) helps massively. The computers are the daytime job, with random studying in between, and the degree is my 'hobby' so to speak.

    You'll be absolutely fine - good luck with it :)
     
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    I did my associate in computer science at night while working a full time AND a part time job, because I did not want to go into education debt.
     
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    I know this is not IT related but when I was at uni, I got up at 5am and went to clean in a medical center and then in Boots before going to Uni at 9am and at 6pm i went and packed bread in a supermarket till 10pm then went home to study or socialise depending on what was going on the next day.

    I did the cleaning Wednesay Thursday and Friday.

    Breadpacking was Wed to Sun
     
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    You seem to speak English very well. Good job by your school! :thumbleft

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  8. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    *sigh*

    I'm not shy of giving you a thump, Flameforker :)
     
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    Cause that's my academic side. I have a portuguese undergraduate course in journalism and media studies and did work as PR and as journalist for more than two years. Got fed up with it and wanted to move to the UK, and have UK academic credentials. But for a professional career I want to work in IT where unlike what I was doing back in Portugal, you can progress and learn new stuff. I'm sure it will be hard but that's life and i'm ready for it. hehe.
     
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    Did I tell you how much I missed you, Dawn? :hug
     
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  11. hugorilho

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    Thanks for sharing your experiences mates. I feel better now.

    Cheers.
     
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  12. wagnerk
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    I'm another one who has studied for a degree part-time and worked full time, granted it was for a BSc. However at one of the jobs I went for a while ago, the IT manager who was doing the interviews was studing for his MSc part-time and working full time :)

    -Ken
     
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