Hi Lifehacker, I recently started a new job and there are three weeks of continuous Monday to Friday training. However, I have university three days a week and thus am caught between a rock and a hard place. I’d like to go to the training: am I allowed to skip university classes with the reason being I have an obligation to be at work? Thanks, Student Of Schedules
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It depends on the university you attend and the course that you’re enrolled in. While some schools have very strict attendance policies, others are surprisingly tolerant towards students who don’t show up.
My journalism degree at the University of Western Sydney was about as lax as you can get in this regard. Attendance records were practically non-existent and lectures were compulsory in name only. As long as you showed up to exams and turned in your essays on time, you could pretty much wag the entire semester and still get a pass.
With that said, missing out on multiple classes is obviously going to affect your ability to learn. There’s only so much you can get from a textbook — most of the real learning comes from lectures, practicums and class discussions.
Your best bet is to jump through a few hoops to make everything fit. Most university courses offer multiple classes per week to accommodate enrolments. With some clever scheduling, you might be able to cram everything into a single day. You can then do your training on the remaining days of the week. (If your employer is reasonable, this shouldn’t be too hard to negotiate.) As for lectures, these are often posted on the university’s website: simply log on and take notes at a time of your choosing.
If that doesn’t work out, the other option is to simply miss three weeks of university. While this is far from ideal, you should escape an automatic fail if it’s only for three weeks: even the strictest universities allow a few absences. (Just don’t get sick for the rest of the year!)
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