I'm planning to take up an Open University course transferring credits and starting with the level 2 modules. I wish to get the honours degree as fast as possible, so ideally wish to study the full 120 credits each year.
I currently work over 20 hours per week, and manage to support myself with a 1-bedroom flat - but I'm thinking about moving back home with my parents so that by the time I complete my degree, all the money I would have spent on rent I'll have saved for a deposit.
I can get a transfer with work, but I'm also pondering the idea of looking for a full time 9-5ish Mon-Fri job in office/admin/marketing/finance or something. (It's a possibility I guess) to give me more work experience and earning a full time wage.
I've heard of people successfully juggling full time open uni with full time work, but equally I've heard of people having to drop credits, move to part time, etc. because the workload is too much. So I'm looking for individual experiences of working full time or near full time whilst studying with the OU?
I wouldn't dare do it with shift work, but having a 9-5 routine may make it feasible, especially if I start 60 credits in Oct and another 60 in Feb so there is only a 4 month overlap of full time study. (Though I'd get no holiday). Does anyone have an opinion on this?
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