Concurrent undergraduate study and industry employment - the Australian experience

Mills, Anthony and Smith, Peter 2012, Concurrent undergraduate study and industry employment - the Australian experience, in PAQS 2012 : Proceedings of 16th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera & Artkitek, [Negara, Brunei], pp. 1-13.

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Title Concurrent undergraduate study and industry employment - the Australian experience
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
Smith, Peter
Conference name Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors. Congress (16th : 2012 : Brunei)
Conference location Brunei
Conference dates 7-10 Jul. 2012
Title of proceedings PAQS 2012 : Proceedings of 16th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera & Artkitek
Place of publication [Negara, Brunei]
Keyword(s) quantity surveying
construction management
student employment
work-study conflict
Summary Undergraduate education in Quantity Surveying (QS) and Construction Management (CM) in Australia has traditionally incorporated concurrent industry experience as an important requisite prior to graduation. This has been primarily driven by accrediting professional associations but most universities have also recognized the value of this cooperative approach to education with industry. However, in recent years many universities have become concerned about the amount of time that students are spending in industry employment to the point where, for some students, their employment takes precedence over their academic studies. Past research has shown that working long hours has a negative effect on the study patterns of undergraduate students. This paper presents the results of research undertaken to examine the amount of time that Quantity Surveying and Construction Management students actually spend engaged in paid work during semester time and the impact on their studies. The methodology for the research was based on two separate questionnaire surveys distributed to undergraduate Quantity Surveying and Construction Management students at 7 universities across Australia. The questionnaires focused on the nature and extent of their paid work while enrolled in full-time study. The results indicate that students in the early stages of their program tend to undertake casual work that is not related to their degree but move to construction industry employment in the later stages of their program. The research found that students were spending an average of 18 hours per week in industry employment with this average increasing to over 23 hours in their final year. A number of students were spending well over 30 hours per week in industry employment. The implications of the extent of this concurrent industry employment are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051757

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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