Anyone ever take night classes while working? How did you do it with your work schedule and how did you go about setting expectations with your project and client? Thinking about starting soon.

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I did while in industry. I’m not sure how that would fly in consulting unless you were on a long term engagement and had leadership support you could rely on

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Yea I did my MBA somewhere in between part time and full time. Took 1.5 years and on average 2 nights a week from 6-9:30. And then depending on the course load, maybe another online. Really didn’t want to do a lot online bc of networking purposes, etc. I had a pretty standard 8-5 at the time. Would typically do homework during lunch, before class, and over the weekends. Group work was the biggest pain, bc that usually meant meeting up over the weekend. Met a lot great people, got a pretty solid pay bump, and also got tuition reimbursement, so didn’t pay too much out of pocket to go to a well regarded state school.

I also did it industry while getting MBA. It was exhausting, but manageable because my team was very supportive. I was able to leave work early, and over the course of 4 years (2 different companies) I very rarely missed a class or was more than 15 mins late for reasons other than traffic. I made myself accessible after class, or during class breaks if there was something semi-urgent. Most of the time nothing came up and I just put in an extra hour a couple days a week to make up for leaving early. I don't think I could do it in consulting, but I do have coworkers who do it. It's just understood that they need to leave early and be offline at certain times. It's almost like having a reoccurring OOO. However, in consulting you fully are expected to hope on after class or early next morning to keep things moving. So much more likely that you'll have 7/8am-midnight type days with work, school, and commute. I'd urge you to talk with people at your current firm who have done this or are currently doing it.

I did it while having a pretty standard 40hr work week and then during not so great hours. It's much easier schedule wise if you have a great relationship with your clients and project team. There's trust needed to let you leave early for classes. Also, you'll need self discipline to stay on track and efficiently manage your time. AKA less fishbowl, YouTube, IG, and other random time fillers and saying no to fun plans from time to time.

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