Considering changing career or perhaps going back to school to do the subject you always wanted to do? Well, pump your brakes and just take it easy for a moment. Do you know what kind of subject you want to do? Are you prepared to manage both working full time and studying? Do you really need to travel far for your studies?
These are some of the questions you need to answer first before you begin to change your life seriously. One of the things you may want to try out is taking a test run from your own home. However this would mean making a place to study in your home and changing a whole room into your own office where you can study by yourself. You might be a parent as well so children take up a lot of your time, yet you’re also juggling work. So studying in the living room while the kids have got the television on is not ideal. So how do you go about preparing yourself to take up a new subject and continue your education?
Pick a room and convert it
If you’re dead serious about studying then you need to convert a room into your own study room. Preferably you will decide on a room that isn’t part of the normal home rotation. Something that isn’t used quite frequently is a great choice such as a spare bedroom, a lounge room, or perhaps even the attic if it's already been converted. This room will need to have some kind of natural light so you can allow in some fresh air by opening a window but also keep your morale up. Keep the room simple, and inject some minimalist interior design ideas. The desk, chair and computer should be the main things you have. Maybe install a bookcase where all your books for your course and general knowledge of the subject you're studying can be kept. Make sure to have at least one plant as it's a natural green and keep the room smelling fresh.
Making yourself comfortable
There are lots of choices for chair but one of the more popular styles of chair is the executive chair. This is an incredibly bolstered type with thick padding for the lumbar spine and armrests. It's designed to be sat in for extended periods of time. Some of the best CEOs have these kinds of chairs hence the name. However a gaming chair is also a great option as it has many adjustable pieces such as changing the height of the armrests, neck rest and footrest. Buying a soft cushion is also going to help alleviate some of the pressure on your spine and pelvis which can occur when you’re sat studying for multiple hours. A wrist pad for typing is also a great idea as writing essays with thousands of words can be tiring on the small bones in your hands and wrists. A bluetooth sound system would also be nice which can be set to playing calm tones and ambient noise that can help you study for long hours.
Test the water
The whole point about going back to school or learning a new subject is to potentially change careers. It's best to first try out the waters before you fully commit to a longer course. Maybe you want to study law so doing a degree in criminology which is entirely online would help to get you to know the subject matter better and learn about how criminal psychology works. The modules you’ll be studying will include police psychology as well because knowing what it's like to be on the frontline in law enforcement is crucial to any kind of career in law. This is especially true if you want to become a lawyer. Mental health and justice is another module in the course which you’ll learn because this is a growing concern among modern communities. Quantitative methodologies in criminology is a fascinating module that helps you to understand how investigations are put together and the methods used to outsmart modern criminal trends. Something like an online degree or at least a foundation year would show you if you have the means to commit fully to a subject in your current situation at home and at work.
Convert a room in your home that isn’t used frequently by other family members. Inject a bit of simple decor and design to make sure it's just a study room and not anything else. Test the waters by taking a course in your subject matter that’s online and see if you can handle it along with work and taking care of the kids.