How your logistics skills could help you achieve a work/life/study balance

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

If you’re thinking about studying for a top-up degree, one of the key considerations will be whether you can balance work and studies effectively. Your existing career path and job role will play an important part in your ability to achieve this. For example, if you happen to be working in the field of logistics, you will have a natural advantage over other top-up degree candidates – here are some reasons why.

Your planning and organisational skills are already well-honed

The key to a logistics career requires expert planning, organisation, practicality and the ability to make sure that everything has a scheduled time and allotted place. And these skills are all an essential part of successfully balancing work and study. Ensuring you can achieve excellent academic results while working full-time without burning out requires a delicate balancing act – and the ability to make hard decisions about what you can and cannot do.

You’re trained to find the best way of doing things

If you’re working in logistics, your everyday work involves assessing numerous options to find the best one. This is a great skill to have when trying to juggle and prioritise work, study and personal time. Your ability to compare different options will help you choose the optimal schedule for success.

Your time management skills are more than just theoretical

If you’re working in logistics, your time management skills will be far above average. Working in logistics requires an ability to be efficient and punctual, making you better able to work out quickly how much time you need to allocate for fulfilling assignments or carrying out research. Being adept at managing your time from the very start of your top-up course will save you hours each week – helping you avoid the overload that many students experience before they become accustomed to their new schedule.

You’re an excellent project manager

Since your day job involves managing complex projects over periods of many months, managing assignments over a period of weeks will come much more easily to you than to some other students. And your skills at prioritising and weighting elements of a project will help you ensure that you spend the most time on the most important aspects of your work, rather than simply taking a top-down approach.

You know how to be adaptable

Logistics professionals need to know how to adapt to circumstances – something you also need to be able to do when balancing work and study. Having a carefully planned schedule is important, but you also need to build in some flexibility and the odd contingency plan to account for times when you may fall sick, when an urgent project comes up at work or when you need to deal with a personal emergency. Ensuring you have an idea of what will happen when something occurs to throw you off schedule means that whatever happens, it won’t derail you completely.

A good balance between work, study and personal time is crucial to achieving success in your top-up degree – and having the right organisational skills to hand is half the battle. As a logistics professional, your existing skills mean you can spend less time learning to organise your schedule, leaving more time free to achieve excellent results.

The University of Lincoln Work-Based Learning top-up degrees will help you achieve your career goals and obtain a qualification with a global focus. Find out more about the Lincoln WBDL programmes.

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