3 ways part-time courses can work for you

Feb 17 2017, 7:01 pm

Balancing a full-time job with the rest of your life can be tough, between keeping your family commitments, hitting the gym, and making band practice.

It can get even tougher if you’re trying to pursue an education at the same time. But continuing your education doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are a few pointers on how you can make part-time studies work for you.

Start with a course

Ease your way into your education by starting with a single course. The one-course approach is an excellent way to explore subject areas you’re interested in, from computing and IT to skilled trades.

This approach also gives you a chance to gauge your workload and figure out how much time you need to dedicate to group projects and assignments. Once you’ve hit your stride, you may find you’ll want to register for additional courses.

 Make learning work with your schedule

Let’s face it, schedules can get complicated so you’ll want a part-time studies option that fits your life. Evening courses may be the best option if you have a nine to five job, allowing you to head to class right after work.

If you prefer to keep your weeknights free, taking a weekend class will give you a little extra time to relax after a long day on the job. Sometimes balancing your educational goals with other life commitments requires even more flexibility.

If your work week (or social life) is a little unpredictable, online or distance courses will let you learn at home – when it’s convenient for you.

Build on your credentials or specialize

If career advancement is one of your goals, part-time courses in areas such as business and IT are a great way to earn new credentials and expand your level of expertise. At BCIT, you can build your credentials gradually.

You can start out by earning a certificate and working your way toward a diploma and degree over time. If you already have a diploma or degree, an advanced certificate can help you specialize your skills, especially in areas such as engineering or health sciences.

Part-time Studies registration for the spring term at BCIT is now open. Visit bcit.ca to browse available courses and programs. Register today.