The decision to pursue an MBA can have a dramatic impact on your post-MBA career opportunities. A 2010 peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Education for Business found that starting pay for those with an MBA rose 50% over their starting salaries before earning the degree. It generally pays to pursue an MBA sooner in your career to capitalize on the significant increases in earnings for a longer period of your working life.
However, getting an MBA is rarely a trivial decision. Aside for the cost questions concerned with whether one should pursue this course of education, the effect on your personal life has immediate consequences.
Plenty of students maintain full-time jobs, manage family obligations and successfully complete an MBA program to go on to productive and fulfilled careers. Managing your work life balance while working on a master’s degree is possible if you consider the following points.
Eliminate Unnecessary Distractions
The time commitment involved in completing a full or part-time master’s degree program is intense. During the semester, eliminating all unnecessary distractions will help eliminate any overwhelm involved in juggling competing priorities.
You may need to eliminate time in front of the television or cut back on regularly scheduled social activities in order to maximize available for coursework and team meetings. While you’ll miss out of water cooler talk about the latest events in pop culture, you’ll stay on top of responsibilities that matter most.
Distractions also come in the form of personal relationships. Explain to family and friends that during this temporary period, you may be less available for social functions. They’ll understand and support your educational aspirations.
Focus on Self-Care
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