Balancing the demands of an MBA and a busy work schedule

01 November 2023

Dewi Ballard, participant of the Executive MBA programme, offers insights on how to manage the MBA alongside work and other commitments.

Balancing the demands of a busy work schedule, family commitments, and various other activities while pursuing your studies can feel like a constant juggling act. I can certainly relate to this challenge as my own life is a whirlwind of a full-time job, frequent international travel, and involvement in a family business, leaving very little space for rest or socialising.

The cornerstone of my ability to maintain this delicate balance is the unwavering support of my network of family and friends. They fully grasp that the time and effort I invest in my education today are essential building blocks for a brighter tomorrow. Their encouragement and understanding play a pivotal role in helping me manage my diverse set of responsibilities.

To remain on the right track, I established a structured plan at the outset of my programme and have rigorously adhered to it. This plan encompasses brief daily morning exercise sessions and a commitment to using any available spare moments (including lunch breaks) for dedicated work on assignments in the weeks following each module. I've also made the conscious choice to reduce the number of social events and holidays I partake in.

It's important to recognise that this approach isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, as everyone's circumstances are unique. In my cohort, every member approaches the work-life balance in their own way. The crucial takeaway here is that with determination, a strong support system, and a well-crafted plan, it is indeed possible to seamlessly integrate your studies into a hectic life brimming with work and other obligations. In my experience, finding this balance is challenging, but rewarding.

The benefits of my Executive MBA programme are already becoming evident, particularly in terms of networking. It has broadened my horizons and provided fresh perspectives that I can apply to my current work and future career prospects. The skills I've developed, such as deciphering a company's balance sheet, have directly influenced my current role. They've enabled me to navigate intricate financial data, facilitating more efficient and well-informed market intelligence and prioritisation. In essence, the knowledge acquired through my studies isn't just an investment in my future; it's already yielding tangible results in my present job.

If I can successfully manage this challenging balancing act, I'm confident that you can too. Stay focused, stay committed, and keep in mind that the effort you invest today will undoubtedly lead to a brighter and more prosperous tomorrow.