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Three Tips for Earning a Master's Degree While Working Full-Time

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average professional with a master's degree earns over $10,000 more per year than those with a bachelor's degree. While it may seem out of reach, many working professionals are able to maintain their full-time positions while attending graduate school. If you're interested in furthering your career with a master's degree, these tips may help.

Commit to Your Goals

Graduate school is certainly a feasible option for those with full-time jobs, but it does require a strong commitment. Start by making a list of your goals, and then explore master's degree programs that might be a good fit for you. Online courses and flexible class times may make you feel more confident about dedicating yourself to this goal, as they often allow you to complete your schoolwork around a busy schedule.

Stay Organized

Keeping organized can help you find a balance between your various responsibilities and make juggling them more manageable. Hit the office supply store and stock up! Grab planners, pens, highlighters, whiteboards, and whatever else you need to maintain schedules for work, home, and school. Keep track of deadlines on your calendar, and review your plans every morning for the day, week, and month. Prefer to do it all on your phone? Research some organizing and planning apps that can keep you on track.

Use Your Time Wisely

Attending graduate school is a group effort that involves the support and encouragement of your family and friends. Don't forget to schedule leisure and family activities, but acknowledge that the extra time you have for fun will likely be limited for a while. Remember that the sacrifice is temporary, and your increased earning potential may be beneficial for everyone once you've graduated.

Tulane School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) is designed for working professionals like you who seek effective ways to achieve academic and career goals while balancing their work, family, and personal lives. Start your application today to invest in your future career!

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