The New Learning Economy and the Rise of the Working Learner (2016) states that now a days working students are everywhere.
Working students are individuals who are both employed and go to school, simultaneously earning money and credentials. According to Carnevale, Smith, Melton and Price (2015), as of now, almost 14 million people – 8 percent of the overall labor force. A constant 70-80 percent of college students, are part of the labor force and officially enrolled in a form of education or training. Degree-granting programs, such as Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs, non-degree granting programs, and certification and vocational training programs granting are only some of the programs that students are under while being employed. Princeton University’s Student Employment (2015), in 1911, a total of 17,500 dollar was earned by students.
They husked corns, stoked furnaces, work in the library and the dining halls. At that year the pay rate was 20 cents per hour. At a study made by Carnevale et.
al (2015), ever since 1989 until 2008, 70-80 percent of undergraduates were employed. On 2012, there was a decline to 62 percent. This is caused by the recession on the years 2007-2009.
Whether in high school or college, there will always be working students. The student’s financial situation, age and maturity does not affect their choice of employment. An estimated 40 percent of undergraduates and 76 percent of graduate students work with a minimum of 30 hours per week. Based on Carnevale et al. (2015), almost 60% of college students work. Around half of the working students work for more than 15 hours per week.
Working students all have diverse backgrounds. 2/3 are 16-19 while 1/3 are 20+. Only 43% are from low income backgrounds and 19% already has children. Based on their races: 12% are african american; 62% are white and 16% are hispanic. Also, nearly 60% are women.
In a study made by Bermudo, Gomez, Razon,Bellere, Almazar and Dogos (2014), most of the student assistants in Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) are female and in all the courses most are in The college of Business and Accountancy. It was also found out that most of their family have only their father providing income as farmer/labourer while their mother are plain housewives. A great number of ADNU student assistants are part of the average filipino family in terms of size. Majority of them have three siblings and their weekly allowance ranges from 301-500.
Based from Ateneo de Naga University’s List of Student Assistants 2nd semester S/Y 2017-2018, there are currently 169 student assistants within the entire school.