Oxbridge Academy IT project administrator, Breyten Jordaan, has an extremely busy schedule at work, but during his employment at the college, he has also managed to complete an extraordinary number of courses. If you’re studying part-time while working too, then Breyten is the perfect example of how to strike up the right balance between work, studies, and family.
Breyten has completed an impressive list of courses since he began working at Oxbridge Academy in 2015. He completed a business administration course, followed by several Occupational Health and Safety Courses and an IT course. His constant desire to gain new knowledge and skills saw him completing his N4 and N5 National Certificates in Human Resource Management, and he is currently busy with his N6.
His regular work hours are from 07:30 to 16:00, but more often than not he stays at the office later to complete projects in the evening. Nevertheless, between his job and spending time with his two sons, he still manages to set aside time for his studies.
“It takes a lot of discipline. You need to prioritise what is most important to you. Everyone says that they don’t have time, but if studying is important to you, then you will find time for it,” says Breyten.
“I know life gets hectic with work, studies and your personal life, but you can get a lot done in just an hour of studying, even if it’s only two or three times a week. You need to push yourself and then you’ll reap the rewards at the end of the day.”
Breyten says that his number one piece of advice for part-time students is to study something they are passionate about.
“Do what is a passion for you. If you don’t enjoy what you’re studying, then you’re not going to put in the time and effort.”
He adds, however, that students should always choose a course that will be beneficial to their career or personal development.
“It is very important to study something that will add value to your life, whether it be expanding your skills in the field you’re employed in or gaining new knowledge that will help you in your personal or professional capacity.”
As far as studying goes, Breyten recommends that students find the right learning technique for them.
“Personally, I can’t sit just with a book all day and take notes. I am an audio and visual learner. So, I will choose to record my voice or take a video of myself reading the study material and memorise from there. Other people may have different ways of studying. To study successfully, you need to find the technique that works best for you.”
Breyten explains that distance learning has been the perfect education path for him, as it allows for plenty of flexibility.
“I spend all day at work, so obviously there is no time to go to classes. Distance learning makes it a lot easier to arrange your time, and you can study at your own pace. For people who already have a job, it’s the perfect way to further your education.”
If you’re working but still want to expand your skills and qualifications just like Breyten, then explore Oxbridge Academy’s range of distance learning courses.