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  • Numbers Studying and Working Falls Posted on 09 October 2013

    Figures just released from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of 16 to 24-year-olds who have a job whilst studying has fallen by 8% in the last 5 years.  Just over a quarter of students now work while in college or university.

    The National Union of Students (NUS) has blamed increasing pressure on students to succeed and a lack of suitable jobs for those in full-time education for the decline.

    The number of students working has been in gradual decline over the last 15 years, according to the ONS.

    We all know that there is now added pressure on students to achieve in their degree due to the cost and the need to get a ‘good’ degree due to the competition for jobs. 

    Figures are also down for 16-17 year olds who are working. 

    All this matters.  Universities need to recognise that their students may not be building their career capital and need help in developing those skills in other ways, for example, volunteering.  And it matters in terms of how universities look at applications from prospective students – it could just be that the availability is not there or they just need to concentrate on their A-levels.


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