Multitasking, but for what benefit? The dilemma facing Nigerian university students regarding part-time working

Authors: Gbadamosi, G., Evans, C. and Obalola, M.A.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22796/

Journal: Journal of Education and Work

ISSN: 1469-9435

DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2015.1102212

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 was 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.

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Authors: Gbadamosi, G., Evans, C. and Obalola, M.A.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22796/

Journal: Journal of Education and Work

Volume: 29

Issue: 8

Pages: 956-979

eISSN: 1469-9435

ISSN: 1363-9080

DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2015.1102212

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. 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.

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