There are several roads that lead to Rome when it comes to studying and working. This way you can take all your courses consecutively at the highest level possible. But you can also combine work and learning if that suits you better. The latter is already possible from an early age, for example at MBO level.

You can also choose to specialize later in life in the position you are already working in. For example, I did it myself.

My student days were way too much fun, so I ended up working full time. During my professional life, I evolved within the various companies where I worked. Among other things, by combining work and learning.

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Work and learn; a nice combination for further development and deepening

One of the courses I took as part of my job as an IT business unit manager was a course in digital marketing. Target? Develop myself further to gain more knowledge about online marketing and the possibilities in the future.

Super interesting for my work at the time, but also for myself. Of course, in addition to a family with young children and a full-time job, it is quite difficult, but also very fun to do. However, without Frank, I could never have done this.

This training was also the springboard for me towards my own business, even if it was not the intention of this combination of work and learning at the time.

Luckily, there are all kinds of courses you can take alongside your job. Perhaps you are looking to study for a career change because you no longer enjoy your current job. But you may also want to deepen your position.

Think, for example, of the marketing study I did, but also of additional training in care or if you work in social security, a participation law training.

Either way, it’s important that you start practicing time management and learn to plan and organize yourself.

How to persevere while working and learning?

If you choose to combine work and learning while you are still young and at school age, it is very different to undertake studies alongside your work and your family.

The first is mainly reserved for children who find it difficult to learn everything from books. In addition to the work they do, they have all the time in the world to devote to their studies. And often it is also the case that they work 4 days and go to school 1 day a week.

However, if you are going to combine work and learning when you already have a full-time job, things are different. People who undertake studies alongside their work and family are either no longer completely satisfied, or the position “requires” the employee to follow through with studies. Or the person in question wants to grow or is considering a career change.

Especially for this group of “students”, it is important that you have an idea of ​​how you will approach this by combining work and learning. With the right mindset, you can go a long way, but if you also have a family, it’s always important to have your partner supporting them as well. After all, he will have to take on more tasks to create extra time for you.

The learning path you choose

Work and learn or complete your full education first? Everyone chooses their own path! Let your child choose their own path.

Our eldest is now in his final year of secondary vocational education and has signed up for an HBO course. It was quite surprising for us, because he is not a big fan of studies.

I always thought he would start working earlier and maybe combine that with learning by doing a study as well. But I was right there.

Incidentally, we resigned ourselves years ago to the fact that training will come as it comes. It’s just a late bloomer and there’s nothing wrong with that. They also have to make their choices at such a young age. That’s why he is now going in a completely different direction from MBO IT expert Systems And Devices.

For example, he signed up for HBO Real Estate and Brokerage, but he’s hesitant to sign up for a course as well because of fixed numeris training. Education finance and control. It’s quite separate.

We leave him completely free in this. Support him by going to open houses and also give him concrete examples of people who are combining work and learning at a later age.

Because yes, it may be more difficult to fight for each other in terms of time if you are already working full time. You know better what you want and you are usually super motivated.

Did you complete all your courses in a row? Or are you also the type to work and study later?



Hello, welcome to the MamsatWork lifestyle blog. I’m Joyce, a content creator and internet entrepreneur, married and mother of a teenage boy and a teenage girl.

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