I just had an email from the head of the programme I have enrolled in, saying this:
I was passed your note about your plans for enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Career Development. What you are suggesting is possible, but it will be a heavy load. Students who have enrolled in four papers per semester have found that they had little other time for work, etc.
It will be important for you to seek support from your lecturers if you do have any difficulties with the material or work load.
Look forward to working with you in the Grad Dip. Let me know if you have questions.
Dr X (not his real name, but it sounds cool, right?)
Programme Leader | Graduate Diploma in Career Development
So, what I’m wondering is: just how hard is it going to be?
Part of me has faith that I can do it. I’m a quick reader and a quick worker. And often having a lot of things to do increases my productivity and effectiveness. I did 4 papers per semester every semester of my degree. And some of those were hard papers. Once I did 10 papers in a year. During that time I worked 15+ hours per week. I still managed to go out most weekends and spend most Sundays doing VERY little. And my grades were good.
But on the other hand, I’m worried. I’m working 25 hours per week, and want to continue that while I’m studying. And sometimes I’ve struggled just to get anything done… My motivation has definitely not been the best the last year or so.
And even if I can cope, can I do it WELL? I’m not going back just for kicks – I really want to make this change and do this properly. I’m taking it seriously this time around.
At this stage, I’ve chosen to stick with the 4 papers. But I’m also going to wait to see what the workload’s like before I commit to doing the same in the second semester.
And the next step is coming up with a plan of how I can deal with it. Even if I can do it, it’s certainly going to take some organisation and motivation.
Wish me luck!
Any time management tips for me? Good books to read on the topic? Good strategies for balance?