In a world that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly globalised, employers are seeking candidates with more than a formal education.
It is this, along with the rising cost of living and tuition, that is urging large numbers of university students to work alongside their studies.
Following the UK’s rise in tuition fees back in 2012, the number of British students supporting their studies through part-time work has risen to 77 percent; that’s eight out of ten students who now have a job to ease the financial burden of university life.
I have a part-time job 😀 So now I’m student + teacher + assistant. Who needs to sleep ?
— RideThatDeer (@RideThatDemon) April 19, 2014
These figures represent a considerable surge from last year’s survey which revealed that 59 percent of students were working alongside their studies.
Sara Newell, manager of student and graduate markets at Endsleigh, said: “We have seen a huge leap in the number of students finding employment whilst at university. While many still rely on their parents and student loans as main sources of finance, unexpected costs at university means many are looking for jobs to make ends meet.”
According to the OECD’s figures from 2012, Dutch, Australian and Canadian students were the most likely students from wealthy nations to work alongside their studies.
As the Statista graphic shows, in 2012, 47.7 percent of UK students took on a part-time job in order to support their degree.
“However, there is no doubt that being employed whilst at university serves a dual purpose,” adds Newell, “and a considerable number of students are also looking to bulk up their CVs to enhance their future job prospects.”
@_xoxomarilynn I’m currently a full-time student who needs a job , I was wondering if they are offering a part time shift on weekends?
— Dd (@dsyxf) October 1, 2015
With rumours that fees are to rise even further, and a global marketplace that is increasingly seeking educated employees with applicable real-world experience, the number of students in part-time job roles is bound to rise even further.
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