Have you taken time to examine how many of your students are working while taking classes? Research confirms that the majority of incoming students anticipate working. According to the latest Noel-Levitz data, 77 percent of first-year entering undergraduates planned to work. Watch for our forthcoming 2012 National Freshman Attitudes Report for a breakdown of the data.
A successful on-campus job assignment can be an effective way to engage students in campus life and increase students’ sense of identity with the institution. Further, having a job while going to school forces students to be more aware of the value of their time and induces them to strive for greater efficiency.
But between classes, homework, extracurricular activities, friends, family, and work, how do students fit it all in? Like most of us, they could use a few more hours in every day. And, most students admit that they would benefit from help with time management skills in the form of employment training workshops or coaching in student success skills.
Time management is an important life skill that begins with time monitoring—deciding how to spend (and invest) time. Below are some questions from our Connections NOW online training program to help student workers get focused. We present these in honor of National Student Employment Week, April 9-13.