Multitasking, but for What Benefit? The Dilemma facing Nigerian University Students regarding Part-Time Working
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Students working part-time while studying for a full-time university degree are commonplace in many Western countries. This paper, however, examines the historically uncommon part-time working activities and career aspirations among Nigerian university students. In particular, how working is perceived to contribute to developing employability skills, and whether it is influenced by their self-efficacy. Survey data from 324 questionnaires were collected from a federal university, although the data analysis used a mixed method. The findings indicate that despite low levels of part-time working generally among students, older, more experienced, higher level and female students place a premium on the skills that part-time work can develop. Moreover, self-efficacy and being female is a significant predictor in understanding part-time work and career aspirations. This study offers originality by focusing on students’ part-time work, the value working provides and its link with career aspirations, within a relatively unexplored context of Nigeria.
Part time Work , Full Time Study , Career Asipirations , Self Efficacy
Gbadamosi, G, Evans,C and Obalola, M (2015) Multitasking, but for What Benefit? The Dilemma facing Nigerian University Students regarding Part-Time Working. Journal of Education and Work, Vol.29(8)