The importance of part-time work to UK university students

Yusof, Zatun Najahah and Evans, Carl (2020) The importance of part-time work to UK university students. Industry and Higher Education. ISSN 2043-6858 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to examine the skills requirements of UK graduate jobs and compare these to part-time jobs typically undertaken by UK university students, to identify similarities and/or differences between them. A content analysis of 100 part-time jobs was used as the basis of comparison. The person skills criteria was initially was initially noted for graduate jobs and then this is used as a basis for comparison against the part-time jobs. Quantitative analysis was carried out to determine the relationship between the two set of skills criteria. Twenty-seven skills criteria were identified in the graduate jobs. It was found that there was a close relationship between the criteria specified in graduate positions and part-time jobs. This highlights the importance of part-time working for university students to gain vital skills to support graduate job applications. By demonstrating connections between the two types of jobs, and therefore meeting more criteria of the person specification, will hopefully contribute to convincing graduate employers of university students' work readiness.