The burden of financial responsibility forces many people to abandon their education and focus on working full time. Some decide to return to school and receive an education to further their career and ultimately increase their salary. Working while attending school is possible, but often results in a lackluster performance at one or the other. You can quit your job and go to school full time, but it requires a sound support system with a focus on the big picture.
Examine your resources. Even though you won't have a steady source of income, you will need money. If you're married, discuss with your spouse whether or not they're OK with shouldering the financial burden while you're in school. If you live with your parents, explain to them you'll need additional assistance. Access your savings account to determine if you have enough to keep afloat. If you don't, consider keeping your job long enough to put some money away.
Tell your boss the truth. Explain that you're going to school and the you'll need to make your education your main focus. Be upfront, as to remain on good terms for when you return to the workforce. Whether you'll want your old job back, or a reference to help you move forward in your career, you'll be glad you didn't burn your bridges.
Make yourself a schedule. Going to school full time requires as much time management as working full time. Calculate the hours you'll spend in class, as well as the hours you'll spend with your spouse and children, family and friends, and engaging in other activities and commitments. Schedule the remaining time for study. According to Financial-Aid-Finder.com, college students are expected to spend between one and three hours studying for every credit hour they are in class.
Act with self-discipline. The fact that you're no longer being paid for your time should not change your level of focus and dedication. Stick to your schedule, attend class and get your assignments in on time. College is a wise investment, but will only pay off if you treat it as such.
Inform your support system. Tell your family and friends you're going through a transition and will need their understanding and emotional support. Ask them to encourage you and cheer you on. If you have children, explain to your friends and family that you might need them to pitch in and babysit.
Remind yourself of the payoff. There might be moments when you miss your income and resent the commitment you've made to your education. Remember that by returning to school, you're increasing your earning power in the long run.
Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.