If you want to continue your education for personal development or for career progression it is well worth doing, but when you work full-time it can be a challenge to fit your studies in around your job. However, distance learning makes it possible for you to carry on learning without having to cut back on the hours you work. You can still keep on studying towards a qualification, as you can do it when you’re not busy. Distance learning isn’t quite like learning with a traditional institution, as you are more self-reliant and thus require greater motivation, since there is no one there to tell you what to read and to remind you to hand in assignments on time.
When you’re determined to learn and to obtain a higher level qualification you will be able to succeed and the fact that you work full-time won’t be able to hold you back. Of course, ideally, you would have all the time in the world to dedicate to your studies, but if you have to keep on working to be able to pay the bills and so you can afford to study then that is the way it has to be. You will still get a great deal out of your studies, even if you don’t have to turn up to lectures and tutorials. Returning to education as a distance learner shows dedication and suggests that you have a passion for learning and so you won’t need such intensive support, anyway.
Besides, there is some support available to you when you’re a distance learner. You’re still allocated a tutor who you can usually contact by email and telephone; plus there will be other students on the same course as you. You may not interact with them to the same degree as you would if you had classes together, but it is still possible to offer each other support when combining work and education and your studies start to get tough. There will no doubt be online forums where you will be able to share ideas, opinions and concerns. You may never meet your online companions in person, but at least it is reassuring to know that there are other people in a similar position.
It can be a challenge combining your studies with a full-time job, as if you’ve spend your whole day working you may not feel like coming home just to start reading. You obviously decided to take a distance learning course for a reason though, and so you have to remember why you’re doing it. You will find that all the effort you put in will pay off at the end and that you can feel proud of yourself for achieving something rather significant in your life.