More and more Singaporean students are taking up part-time (or full-time!) work alongside their full-time studies. Be it to finance your own expenses, take a little load off your parent’s shoulders or start building out your career early – becoming financially independent is the first step in your autonomy.

One thing’s for sure, it’s not easy. Balancing your professional and academic life – and to excel in both of them – requires pristine time management.

As someone in the same shoes as yourself, below are some key rules that have helped me juggle my studies and career full-time for the past five years.

1.   Keep everyone informed, everyone

There are different people relying on you in each one of your roles, and it’s important to be honest and transparent with all of them to manage their expectations.