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.
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.
Field of Research
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
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