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#1 jantastic

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:03 AM

I applied for study support for a postgraduate course from my work, and much to my surprise, I was successful! So I applied for university and recently found out that I've been accepted. Yikes!

So in a couple of weeks, I'm returning to part time study. I'm confident that I could do a great job in the course ordinarily, but now I'm thinking that perhaps I may have bitten off more than I can chew! I work three days per week, but am so overloaded at work that I am seriously considering adding another day, I'll have uni two nights per week, plus the additional study research and assignments to go on top of that. Plus a rather demanding child with physiotherapy requirements and a great love of full on attention. *deep breath*

I know that I can do it, as I've seen so many successful mums who work and study. I am completely laying faith in the fact that it has been done before and I am not a special butterfly boldly going where no mother has gone before!

So tell me, how did you cope with work, study and children? Any tips?

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#2 Amelia Jane

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

Wow that's exciting Jan! Congratulations on getting accepted. What's the field of study in?

I am only doing an undergrad so it won't have the demands of a post grad obviously, so the only advice I can give you is that you will just make it work. You'll need to sacrifice me time and couple time, but it will come together for you. I think that we rarely bite off more than we can chew because we magically stretch the hours in the day to for in what we need...women are clever like that!

Does L still sleep during the day? I use E's sleeps on my 2 days off per week (soon to be only 1!) to study and then at night after he's in bed.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

That is exciting! Congratulations!

Coming from one who studied part time for 7.5 years straight (a degree and two cert IVs) whilst maintaining an ordinary life, I can tell you that it was hard work, but possible. It means you won't be able to watch TV at night or spend as much time on the internet. It's worth it though. smile.gif
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

Wow, congratulations hun, that's wonderful news. If anyone can do it, you can! I have no advice as I haven't done any study since having kids. I'd love to, as I love learning, but I know its not feasible for me at the moment.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

Wow, Congratulations very exciting stuff! Thankfully my post grad stuff is over and done with.... for now anyway tongue.gif DH however is halfway through his MBA so we still have this year to go. There are busy periods and quiet periods and for the last few months he hasn't had any Uni work due to Holidays which I must admit has been great. He is starting up again soon which I think will be a shock to the system....

I have just tried to help out as much as I can, usually the best thing I can do when he has a lot on/ assignments due etc is to take DS out of the house all toghether as it is pretty much impossible with him trying to 'help' type on the computer, grab highlighters etc wacko.gif blush.gif I find things to do like go visiting friends, family etc, take him for long walks, go to the park etc. I also try to help DH with things like proof reading assignments, referencing etc.... I'm not great with all of the topics (some are good, some are not tongue.gif ) but if I can help by doing the usual academic stuff I do try.

I'd like to think that we are a team effort so hopefully the little things that I can do can help DH to complete his study as ultimately, his study will benefit both of us. Hoepfully you also have a good support network around you so that you can also concentrate on things when you need to. Oh and very important..... we have a family holiday booked for Fiji mid this year when DH has a study break biggrin.gif I think mentally it helps a lot if you know you have something to break up the year a bit and there is a light at the end of the tunnel? Good Luck, you'll be great I'm sure biggrin.gif
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:52 PM


YAY Congratulations smile.gif Wonderful news!


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

CONGRATS, Im sure you'll cope wonderfully !
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

Congratulations!! It sounds exciting, but I can see where it could feel a little scary.

I'm sure you'll manage. While I haven't attempted any more post-grad stuff since having the kids, I have considered it. I think if you have a supportive husband, a willingness to give up some spare time (you should make sure you at least get SOME time to yourself each week) and an avid interest in what you're studying, then you'll be fine. smile.gif
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

Jan, that's great news. I'm sure you'll be fantastic!
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

Studying an MBA. So I may disappear for a while. Until I desperately need to procrastinate...

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

Wow Jan! That's awesome. Congratulations! I've been wanting to post something in your part-time thread but have been waiting on getting time. Hopefully tonight.
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

I Only get a wedding registry. My brain was already smart enough.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

Bumping and hijacking this to see how you're going Jantastic and to see if anyone has any other experiences to add.

I'm thinking about studying again - part time, so two subjects a semester. It's only a grad cert so only two semesters part time. I suppose I should be thinking about returning to work and a lot of the part time work available needs this qualification so it would hopefully open up future employment prospects for me.

Complicating factors are the kids, my lack of sleep and the fact my husband is studying as well. I'm so indecisive but am a little bored of life passing me by...

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#14 jantastic

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:32 PM

Hi there Gretch - hijack away!

I'm sitting here "studying" at the moment (ie, actually reading i-do for the first time in ages). I'm doing a full part-time load (ie, two subjects at a time) and it is very full on. But I am mostly enjoying it. I've finished four subjects already (short subjects), and I'm currently doing very well. I'm seriously contemplating just completing the grad cert though (which involves finishing these two subjects and doing two more afterwards) purely because the thing that has fallen by the wayside is my health and fitness. I'm exhausted but I don't want to let anything drop at work or home, so it's me that is suffering.

In saying that, I am enjoying it so much. Doing something for me is exceptionally refreshing. I feel like I'm accomplishing something and I'm really happy that I've decided to do it.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:59 PM

I start at TAFE next week. This scares me so much!!! I finished uni 15 years and I haven't done any study since then ohmy.gif ohmy.gif ohmy.gif I have been told TAFE is easier than Uni and the course I am doing appears to be more hands on than theory, but still, I have to be there two nights a week for the next year and a half ohmy.gif . Although I am going to miss night two as I booked a trip months ago before I was even contemplating studying again. Great way to start hey?!?

I really want to get out of the job I currently do, apart from realistically being retrenched in about two years I hate what I do and I don't think it will be any better elsewhere. So I have to study and start from the very bottom again.

My major issue is trying to make sure someone is here with the kids. Thankfully hubby is being pretty flexible with work, although not sure what will happen when something goes wrong at work and he needs to be in two places at once!!

Jan sorry to hear you suffering a bit sad.gif Although great you are enjoying it.

Good luck Gretch, it is so scary!!
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