Pathways to industry : work practices of undergraduate students in construction programs in Australia

Mills, Anthony, Lingard, Helen, McLaughlin, Patricia and Iyer-Raniga, Usha 2012, Pathways to industry : work practices of undergraduate students in construction programs in Australia, International journal of construction education and research, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 159-170.

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Title Pathways to industry : work practices of undergraduate students in construction programs in Australia
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
Lingard, Helen
McLaughlin, Patricia
Iyer-Raniga, Usha
Journal name International journal of construction education and research
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 159
End page 170
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1557-8771
1550-3984
Keyword(s) construction education
student employment
work-study conflict
Summary This research reports the impact of work on undergraduate students enrolled in construction programs. Students responded to a questionnaire on the nature of their paid work while enrolled in full-time study in six universities across Australia. The results indicate that students are working on average 19 hours per week during semester time. The results indicate that students in the early years tend to undertake casual work that is not related to their degree. However, this pattern changes in the later years of the program, where students switch to roles in construction that does relate to their coursework. The students start working on average 16 hours in the first year of their degree, and the number rises to 24 hours in their final year. Past research suggests that students may be working to an extent beyond what is considered beneficial to their studies. Past research has shown that working long hours has a negative effect on the study patterns of undergraduate students. The implications of the amount of time working and the type of work are discussed. The paper concludes by suggesting that universities need a greater awareness of the impact of paid employment on student engagement.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Associated Schools of Construction
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037116

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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