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The reluctant workforce: undergraduates’ part-time employment

Curtis, Susan and Williams, John (2002) The reluctant workforce: undergraduates’ part-time employment. Education and training, 44 (1). pp. 5-10. ISSN 0040-0912

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of full-time undergraduates are supplementing their income by seeking paid employment during term-time. This article details the results of a survey of 368 students at Crewe + Alsager Faculty of Manchester Metropolitan University carried out in March 2000. The survey found that 59 per cent of students were working on a part-time basis during term-time, with a significant majority working for financial reasons. Although many students found working to be beneficial to their studies, the students are generally reluctant to work, with many stating that they would leave their paid employment if they could afford to do so. The majority of the employed students perceived that working had a detrimental effect on their academic studies and a quarter of them considered that they could not remain at university without their term-time jobs.

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