Flexibility, compromise and opportunity: Students' perceptions of balancing part-time work with a full-time business degree.

Evans, C., Gbadamosi, G. and Richardson, M., 2014. Flexibility, compromise and opportunity: Students' perceptions of balancing part-time work with a full-time business degree. International Journal of Management Education, 12 (2), 80 - 90.

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijme.2014.02.001

Abstract

Amidst the growing importance of employability in higher education, this study explores and identifies the motivations behind full-time university students engaging in part-time employment during term time, how students cope with simultaneously managing the two activities and how part-time working influences their career aspirations. Semi-structured interviews are used to obtain data from a sample of 30 business degree students at a UK university. The findings confirm previous studies, that financial necessity is a primary driver of part-time work, but also reveal a complex set of supplementary reasons, that either satisfies a long-term vision, or a more immediate need for development or self-gratification. Furthermore, most students compromise the longer-term benefit of study against the more immediate financial gains offered by work, resulting in an accepted lowering of academic performance as a consequence. The majority of the students did not see a connecting opportunity between their part-time work and future career, and were uncertain regarding future career direction. This study extends the use of qualitative methods in this area, which is dominated by survey research, while also extending extant findings to the career aspirations of students, which is hitherto largely unexplored.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1472-8117
Uncontrolled Keywords:Full-time study, part-time work, students’ perception, career aspirations, higher education
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Business School
ID Code:22792
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Oct 2015 15:36
Last Modified:29 Jun 2016 15:51

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