So you have been looking into getting your eMBA, researching schools, financing, and value. Now you’re looking into the personal cost of spending the necessary time and effort to earn another degree.
Many of my clients with eMBAs tell me that the biggest eMBA challenge isn’t the coursework or the cost, it’s the constant effort to juggle all of your responsibilities. You’ll be carrying a full-time job, your personal life, and going back to academic responsibilities. Each one of these areas of your life demands time, attention, and effort. The time-management challenge is the greatest challenge you’ll face while earning your degree.
Ironically, the juggling act you have to perform to meet all your stakeholder expectations is what will improve your time management skills the most! It’s tough, but you can do it. The results, a respected and meaningful degree, can make you more valuable in your job and as a breadwinner.
Clients describe learning to schedule carefully and to compartmentalize. When they’re at work, they focus on work. When they’re at school or working on academics, their focus is on their eMBA. They also schedule personal time to be with their families and friends. Yes, some hobbies or pastimes do get shelved until after graduation, but effective eMBA students do make time for the important relationships in their lives. Each segment of their lives is important, and has a block of time within their schedule. The balance shifts back and forth, but with care and effort, it IS manageable.
Many of your peers have decided to light a fire under their careers with this valuable degree. And as you’ve discovered through your research, it can be worth every moment of study, every penny of tuition, giving you a great return on your investment. So do what you can to prepare yourself for the balancing act, and go earn the ticket to the next stage of your career!