Sounds daunting right? How are you possibly going to work full-time and study full-time? I’m a Degree Apprentice, and here’s how I do it...
When do I study?
- Lunchtime - An hour all to myself - Sure, I could spend it scrolling through Facebook or I could watch that hour long online lecture, banking myself a guilt-free evening of watching TV!
- Commuting - My hour-long commute is possibly the only time in my day where I have no distractions, perfect for getting another online lecture under my belt.
- Weekends - You will be so used to the 9-5 you won't have any idea what to do with all that free time at the weekend! Not convinced? Okay sure, there's plenty of things we’d all rather be doing. But what will put you ahead of the rest? It only takes 1 hour of your day to watch a lecture.
- Fridays - Uni day! No this isn’t a day off, but once your day of seminars are over you have full access to our chilled out MidTown campus to get your head down.
- Reading Weeks - Reading weeks are a chance to catch up on your studies. Use your time-off wisely, catch up on your lectures and readings, so you don’t fall behind!
Oh, you’re a procrastinator? You’re in luck.
Those studying at a traditional university often find themselves putting off assignments because they have so much free time to get it completed. We’ve all been guilty of it.
However as a Degree Apprentice, we have to fit a full-time job in too. So your “I’ve got all the time in the world” mindset quickly changes. Instead you choose to do work in your lunch break because that means you can come home from a long day at work and relax.
I find having less free-time encourages me to complete my assignments sooner, to ensure that I don’t run out of time.
Don’t let the fear hold you back.
We all understand that it’s going to be hard work balancing a career and a degree, but it’s nothing to worry about, everyone is here to support you.
- Mentors - You will be assigned a Mentor at each workplace, this is someone aside from your line manager who you can go to if you have any concerns, or need someone to speak to.
- Academics - Being a small college has a massive advantage for our Degree Apprentices. There are plenty of opportunities for 1-2-1 meetings with your academics, providing you with extra support.
- Peers - You’re not the only one. There's a whole class of you. I’d suggest making a group chat, and discuss with your friends how they are balancing their time.
- Student Support Associates (SSA’s) - You will be assigned your own SSA, someone who is always around to help if you have any questions, concerns, or simply need someone to talk to.
- Opportunity Over Fear - Earning a salary, earning experience, earning a degree - setting out into the working world debt-free with three years experience at three FTSE 100 companies and a Business degree. It is a fantastic opportunity, and no one’s saying it will be an easy ride, but when are great things ever easy?
Is it all just work, work, work?
Of course not! Who wants a university experience like that? It is hard work, but if you manage your time effectively and there’s no need to compromise your social life.
- Student Events - The SSA’s frequently organise events such as ‘pizza evenings’ and ‘class drinks’ in order to encourage us to socialise and provide us with opportunities to informally raise any questions and concerns.
- Nights Out - You’re in London after all, with pubs, bars and clubs on your doorstep. Theres plenty of opportunities to go out with your Uni friends, and plenty of places to go on a student budget too! Although you commitments to your company will limit how often you can go out, there is no reason why you can’t let your hair down at the weekend, or go for a mid-week glass of wine with a couple of colleagues after work.
- University Events - With Christmas around the corner my class have organised a Christmas Party. Theres plenty of opportunities to organise events and it’s not a hard bargain to encourage your lecturers to come along too (sometimes it seems like they are more excited than us!) The ability to celebrate together as a whole class, with your academics too, reiterates the benefits of being part of such a close-knit college.
- Residential Trip - Each year, Pearson College London students are invited on the highly anticipated annual Pearson College London three-day residential! Find out more about our last residential here
Interested in studying Business from within a FTSE 100 Company? Check out the Pearson Business School section of our website.