Many people perceive working alongside studying to be a very modern and stylish trend. In the real sense, this is not the case and such people normally find themselves in jeopardy that they cannot come out of so easily. Many studies have revealed that such people lack balance between their class work and their jobs. As a result, they tend to overdo one side while under doing the other. Many students are currently taking their studies while working. Some of these jobs are either in or outside the campus.
Association for institutional research pointed out in their research findings that work for students while studying is not good. It affects both their academic performance and level of work engagement. The research also revealed that students are normally affected differently by these jobs. Another study that based on data from a national survey of student engagement revealed that working students are directly affected in their academic grades. Similarly, they are also indirectly affected in their various levels of engagement in other academic activities (Bissonnette 72).
In his book, Pike points out that students that work more than 20 hours a week experience very negative results whether their jobs are within or outside the campus. He asserts that those working less than 20 hours get almost similar grades to the ones that do not work at all. Students that work for less than 20 hours get enough time to engage in college activities hence boosting their performance. Those that work over 20 hours a week, lack sufficient time to engage fully to school activities, a factor that affects their performance.
Working over 20 hours a day makes the social life of these students very vulnerable and difficult. Such miss the benefits of interactions that students normally gain from engaging in various school activities. These persons experience significant deterioration in their cognitive skills. Life has many progressive development stages that everyone is bound to encounter. Skipping a development stage can easily lead to certain regrets that come at a later age. For instance, persons that never spend precious time with their parents or grandparents may miss such moments when they are old, and their parents or grandparents are no more. Similarly, a father that spends most of his time at work and in studies may later on miss the moments that parents share with their children when that time shall have passed. Such regrets come when it is too late, and nothing can be done about them.
Another study was also conducted to find out the impact of work on the moral reasoning, psychological well being, responsible leadership, and critical thinking of the students. During this study, pike found that students that work off campus for over 20 hours a week normally face bad consequences. Such include poor psychological well being despite developing positive leadership skills (Lederman 74). He concludes this by stating that the work is a cognitive skills of a student are not affected by working, however, working for many hours can result in harsh psychological consequences.
Full time employment has also been discovered to be a substantial reason for student dropping out of school. This is attributed to the amount of hours the job consumes from the student as well as the hours the student find himself outside the campus (Orzarg et al 77). In most cases, such students tend to view the job as more benefiting than academics. In the process of committing fully to the job, they get absorbed, and drop out of school. This is normally a waste of time and resources.
Full time employment for a student has also been known to interfere with their cognitive skills. Working under this multi system can result in a lot of stress hence cause both mental and physical fatigue. The mental fatigue comes when a person is struggling to understand certain class concepts and at the same time thinking about work problems to be solved. In this process, they develop a lot of stress and begin to depreciate in performance. Performance anxiety is often regarded as one of the greatest stress that people go through. These persons may fear failing in class as well as failing at work; as a result, they develop pressure and tension that makes them unproductive. In the process, they lose weight, develop hypertension and others even develop certain stress related sicknesses such as ulcers and diabetes. Choosing to do one thing at a time can perfectly act as the best preventive measure for such a situation.
In conclusion, the above argument strongly regards work while studying to be a waste of time. Its consequences and outcomes simply lead to the losing end. Therefore, it is prudent to pursue academic studies first, then get a good job. Straining while doing both may lead to waste of time and resources which may never be recovered even in later dates. This will not only help in enhancing performance, but it will also help one perform well socially.
Bissonnette, Zac. “At cost ? The price that working student pay for a college education.” Article 1.1 (2002): 72. Print.
Lederman, Doug . “Impact of student employment.” Article 1.1 (2009): 74. Print.
M. Orzarg, jonathan , Peter R. Orzarg , and Diane M. Whotmore. “impact on drop outs.” Learning and earning: working in college 1.1 (2009): 77. Print.