Balancing Summertime With a Summer Class Schedule

Summer offers great opportunities for fun and relaxation, even for working adults. The beach, swimming, and laying out in the sun are some common activities many people indulge in and use vacation days for. However, summer can offer a great opportunity to take an extra class or two as well, if your working schedule allows.
Those deciding about summer classes need to consider their ability to balance the demands of the class and work with their natural desire to unwind and have fun through the summer months.
Here are some tips for balancing summertime and work with a summer class schedule.

Create a firm schedule and stick to it

To make sure you have plenty of time over the course of the summer to unwind while also keeping up with your work demands, create a firm study schedule. Take out the calendar to markdown when your class meets and dates of major exams so you can schedule in a reasonable amount of time for studying. Also write down any big work meetings or project deadlines you know you have coming up. Then, allow yourself some freedom when you are outside your work hours.
Keep the promise to yourself and remember: as long as you remain focused on your work during the scheduled study blocks and also any major work projects, you can truly enjoy summer during your off-hours.

Take classes for only one part of the summer

You may not have to take classes the entire summer. Many colleges run classes in two main blocks over the summer, with one beginning around late May and the second in July. If your school offers a similar schedule, consider taking classes for just one of the blocks. This will still leave you the other part of the summer to focus on work and also take your trips and enjoy the company of friends and family.

Plan smaller vacations around the class schedule

Those taking summer classes may find that they do not have the flexibility to travel as much or take nice trips that last a week or longer. They do not want to miss classes and also have to consider remaining on top of assignments and exams.
That does not mean that you have to be stuck at home all summer, especially if you have a lot of work projects to balance at the same time. Look into smaller trips that can be planned for a long weekend. It might be a nearby beach, lake, city, national park, or other popular tourist attractions. Something that allows you to get away from your normal environment and routine while also allowing you to remain on a schedule will be priceless.

Work ahead when possible

When everyone around you takes the summer off from classes and likes to spontaneously plan fun get-aways, it can feel challenging to play the role of the one friend who always has to say, “I can’t; I have to study and/or work.”
For this reason, consider working ahead when possible. Often, during the regular semester, you have to balance several classes with an assignment load that keeps you on your toes, with little time to work on them if you’re also working full-time. In the summer, you will likely only take one or two classes. If you have a calm week without as much to do at work or with your schedule, take the opportunity to work ahead. Give yourself that advantage. Getting a head start on assignments and test preparations can help you breathe more easily. You will know that you have a good handle on your schoolwork. Then, when those spontaneous plans arise, you might have the ability to join your friends.
Summer classes offer a great chance to earn some additional credits and take another leap forward toward that sought-after degree. Taking summer classes, however, does not have to mean the end of summer freedom and enjoyment. By using these tips, you can handle balancing summertime with a summer class schedule.
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How to Best Represent Your Education on Your Resume

Man writing resume and CV in home office with laptop, wondering how to best represent your education on your resume.
As you reach the end of your degree program, the time quickly approaches to start applying for a new job. Learning to craft a resume that appropriately highlights your latest educational accomplishments makes up a large part of this process.
You may have many questions about how to best represent your education on your resume. Should you include your GPA? Should you list education or experience first?
We have worked with many graduates who have successfully found positions following graduation. Here is what we would recommend.

How do you list your education on a resume?

Someone who has recently finished their latest degree, such an MBA, should list the highest degree at the top of the page. This will showcase your latest work and accomplishments. You might not have a ton of experience related to the field, depending upon when you entered your graduate program. Therefore, putting your education at the top helps put your best qualifications in front of your prospective employer.

Should you include your GPA on your resume?

Including your GPA will depend largely on how well you did in school. Students who had higher than 3.0 might want to include it, as well as any honors they graduated with. This GPA can lend credibility to their work ethic. If working full time while in school had a negative impact on your GPA point that out in the cover letter. Depending on the length of time since you graduated, some employers may not require the GPA to be posted.
In addition to your GPA, you should also include any professional organizations you received admittance to based on your school performance. Similarly, list any awards or honors you received.

Using your education to bolster your resume

As you complete your degree, you will likely cultivate various experiences that will benefit you in the workplace, even if they were not direct experiences in a job. Look for ways to highlight these opportunities to help prospective employers see how well you will succeed.
For example, consider your extracurricular activities. Did you have internships or leadership roles in clubs and organizations? Did you earn any supplementary certificates that might benefit you professionally? Did you attend seminars relevant to the profession you want to have? Did you work on research with any professors?
All of these types of experiences will help build your resume. You can highlight the opportunities you had to lead, interact with teammates, or learn about your industry. Not only will these types of opportunities help you appear more experienced and prepared for the position, but taking the initiative to learn more about your intended industry will cast you in a positive light for employers.
List these experiences by leading with how the opportunity was relevant to the job. This will help the item catch the eye of potential employers.

Take advantage of your cover letter

If you have relevant experiences that will not fit smoothly into your resume, look for ways to incorporate them into your cover letter. Using them as an example that demonstrates your dedication and organization skills can bolster your application before the prospective employer even gets to your resume.
Answering the question: “How to best represent your education on your resume?” remains an important part of finding a job after graduation. Although you might not have a lot of direct workplace experience, your education has helped prepare you for the job. Consider the advice above to help you highlight these valuable opportunities you have had and help your employer see what an asset you will be to the team.
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