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ERIC Number: EJ842592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Combining Study and Employment: A Step Too Far?
Robotham, David
Education & Training, v51 n4 p322-332 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report the results of a survey of part-time employment among university students. The survey seeks to establish the nature and characteristics of that employment, and to determine the extent to which it is comparable to similar institutions. The research also aims to examine the possible consequences of combining part-time employment with full-time study, with particular reference to stress. Design/methodology/approach: The research consisted of a web-based survey of full-time undergraduates within the business school of a post-1992 university in the UK. Findings: The survey found that 68 per cent of the sample currently holds at least one part-time job during term-time and that the majority are employed in excess of ten hours per week. Employment is concentrated in a small number of sectors such as retailing, service and call centres. Previous studies report that combining a degree with employment can have negative consequences with students missing classes, doing less reading and experiencing higher levels of stress. Practical implications: The growth of student employment is eroding further the concept of the full-time student and universities may need to consider adaptations to their current programmes to accommodate students. From a recruitment and retention perspective, institutions may also need to consider the mechanisms they can offer to support students working part-time. Originality/value: The paper is of value in adding to the existing knowledge base about student part-time employment, which continues to be a growing phenomenon. It also sheds further light on the consequences of working while studying and the negative outcomes that may arise. In particular it examines the relationship between part-time employment and stress. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom