Pros and Cons of working and studying at the same time:

I think working at a centre and studying ECE has many pros for example:

  • Studying and learning different curriculums like Te Whariki
  • Putting theories into practise
  • Gaining work experience and being able to work along side a team that is in your sector. I am able to get advice and different perspectives
  • I can discuss topics in class as I have experienced working in a centre
  • Time management skills, able to multitask
  • Being able to work for your own money and not depend on parents or caregivers. I am able to spend and save my own money
  • Having a manager that allows me to have flexible hours during school

Cons of studying and working at the same time:

  • Can be stressful as you have to stay on top of your work or you will fall behind
  • Trying to manage work, study and socialising. At times it can be a lot to take in and you just need to take a break and spend time by yourself every now and then.

I think overall the pros of studying ECE and working at the same time for me personally outweigh the cons. I know that every student is different and what works well for me may not work well for them. I believe that is why it is important to find what works best for you, so that you are able to succeed while studying and working.