How to do the thesis while you work?
Let’s start by recognizing that it is natural to want to have a job. Therefore, in recent years it is common to see that many young people, even without finishing college, are working, or are looking for a job; which is why they must make greater efforts when it comes to fulfilling academic obligations as important as that of completing their thesis.
Now, it can also happen that being professionals are studying a postgraduate study, case in which having work commitments is even more normal.
This means that these students are less likely to be present in their university institution, and this circumstance leads them to develop their degree work outside the university, which, for clear reasons, makes this process much more complicated .
Some of the reasons for this difficulty are the following:
- They do not have their teachers nearby all the time, so they can help them with any questions.
- They do not have the same access to databases or information books.
- They have lost the pace of study that this requires.
- The demands of a job reduce your time to devote to the thesis.
Therefore, if you are in such a situation, do not worry, we know what you are going through and how bad you feel, that is why we want to help you with these practical tips, that if applied, can help you a lot in the process of Do the thesis and work at the same time, it’s easier for you.
Manage with your bosses a flexibility in workloads
You do not have to stop working, although this would be the ideal situation. In this sense, you can negotiate with your bosses and ask them for a specific time, which is the deadline you will have to do your work, give you less workload, so that you can have more time and energy for your thesis .
It is important that you know that if you do this you must responsibly fulfill the agreement, because it depends on you to keep your work. That is, if you agree two hours a day for a couple of months, for example, in that time you should try to finish or at least, to advance as much as you can.
Maybe this sounds impossible to you, it may be something that is not so easily obtained, what we assure you is that if you have a good work performance and clearly state your reasons, you will get the free time you need for your degree work.
Organize your time and spend one hour a day reading and / or writing
Now, work can consume all your energies and then when you want to start reading or writing you have no strength, you are tired and consequently you can not think, no matter how hard you try to perform a certain action (reading or writing) the ideas do not arrive or leave your head.
In that sense, you can set that time (one hour per day) to use it in things related to your degree work.
For example, in that hour you can read a certain number of documents, depending on your capacity or speed when doing it; or you can also write, as possible.
You can also choose to correct something that you have requested, clarify doubts you have looking for information or attend a consultation with your tutor. The important thing is that you do not lose the routine of writing your thesis.
Determine a number of pages to read or write per day
If you set a goal, for example, two pages per day, the results will be better when you complete it.
The normal thing is that in one hour you can read the most important parts of one or two documents that can serve as a reference, the idea is that you understand the texts and can take notes. In addition, you can write between one or two pages of your thesis.
Build a schedule of activities and complete it
In it you must consider all the steps you are going to take with certain dates and deadlines.
This is important because by meeting those deadlines you can definitely move forward with your work.
After that and willing a number of hours a day, what follows is that you fulfill it. You are not the first to do it, if others could, you too.
The schedule of activities must follow the order that your program or university requests. If the first thing they ask you is, for example, the research problem, then dedicate yourself first to it, once your advisor has seen it, apply its corrections. Only after this point is finished, does it pass to the next, and so on.
Organize the structure of your work, either by chapters or by sections or items, and develop them according to what you have arranged, and of course, comply with the deliveries.
Talk to your advisor and communicate your situation so that they can agree and work in the same line
Thus you will not have problems with delays or with breaches of part and part. You will understand, at best, and will establish the dynamics that best suit you according to your situation, your issues and your research objectives.
Use your free time at work to make advances in the thesis
It is about making the most of the time you have available, which is reduced. Therefore, you can use your “empty” spaces, in which you do not have to do any work activity, or your free time (such as lunch time or others) to advance in something related to your thesis, be it writing, reading, correct, search sources, among others; everything that has been recommended to you before.
This free time also includes weekends and holidays, in which although you do not need to work all day because they are meant for rest, you can sit one hour a day and make an advance. It is in your best interest not to abuse that, because it can be counterproductive.
Organize the reading and information search
After that, you can begin the search for that information base that sustains your work and helps you to carry it out, clarify doubts, reveal ideas to you; It is a somewhat delayed but extremely important process.
As it is that you have less time to do it, a suggestion is to have a notepad where you write down your conclusions and the most relevant aspects you find in everything you read.
This, at the time of writing is quite useful, because when you are going to quote already in the document as such, you will save time and effort searching in the databases the sources for its correct citation, because you will have previously written down everything that you will put in a way of appointment (with its pagination, name of the author, title of the document).
This notebook should accompany you to where you go daily, even to your place of work.
Apply the corrections that your advisor does to you quickly
Do not waste time, after each correction put quickly and promptly to improve so that you do not pond in any part of the process, but it can flow and thus finish faster.
It is common that after some corrections the tesist blocked because he feels that by devoting so much time and energy in that it can not be possible that he has mistakes, take care that it does not happen to you.
You must understand that this is a natural part of the process and that for the most part, your teacher’s notes imply improving your work. So do not get discouraged, remember that you have little time and you can not afford to put obstacles to the process.
It is true that it is a greater effort than the one who does not work, but if you want to graduate and at the same time keep your job, you must pay the price with a double effort. Think you will have the rewards.
You can choose study topics that are related to what you do in your work
This would also be quite useful if you know how to take advantage of it. Using a theme related to your work allows you to have a direct observation and a closer approach to it.
In addition, you can have more information and greater possibilities to clarify doubts, and you will share the working space daily with people (coworkers) who may have more experience in that area and can help you.
In short, you would learn frequently from its implementation. Thus, moving to the writing and materialization of the results found through research may be easier.
Do not worry about aspects that although they are very important do not expressly compete to the content of your thesis
We refer to that once you have finished with the content of your thesis (objectives, problem, introduction, methodology, etc.), look for the support of experts who can help you in aspects such as the application of the popular APA standards, if this is your case (it can be VANCOUVER, ICONTEC) and with giving it a perfect style and compliance with orthotypographic rules to your work.
Finally, remember that if you are in this situation you are a brave person who assumes challenges, so do not falter, you will get to finish your thesis.