by Kim Kovac
About the Writer:
Kim Kovac works at Snagajob.com, a resource for finding hourly employment. When she's not talking to members on FB and Twitter, she can be found competing in trivia contests and attempting golf.
It's a tough job to manage both school and money-making. But think of the benefits: gaining references, career development, earning money. It’s easy to see why a part-time nanny job is something you want to consider.
Here are some tips for managing the challenge:
1. Pick a job with flexible hours. There are plenty of families who will accommodate a schedule full of classes, club meetings, sports and even a little downtime catching up on “Storage Wars” (a personal favorite). Look for someone who might need extra hands during the summer, a SAHM who will work around your hours, or weekend and night babysitting.
If you want to work on school nights, be sure to not overdue it. The amount of sleep you need to have a productive day varies depending on the individual, but most experts recommend getting at least seven hours a night. Make sure you don’t over-commit to working more hours than you’re comfortable with, or your life could become a slippery slope of missed classes, broken promises and caffeine dependency.
2. Make a schedule. Before you take on a new job, sit down and write out all of your priorities, followed by about how much time they take up each week. Now add it all up and see how much time you’ll have to work. Even if it’s only enough for a shift or two a week of work, that’s fine. That is unless you need to work a certain amount each month to pay for rent and other cost-of-living expenses, in which case you might have to skimp on socializing time. Once you have your schedule sorted out, it’s important to stick to it. By developing these time management skills now, you’ll be ready down the road when life throws even more responsibilities your way.