Youth, Work and Education: Sociological Research of Full-Time Students at the University of Split

Bandalović G.1, Šuljug Vučica Z.1, Gvozdenović A.2
1 Assistant professor at the University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (CROATIA)
2 B.A. of sociology and master student at the University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (CROATIA)

Abstract

In the Republic of Croatia, there is an increasing trend of employment during full-time studies. Starting from the question of what motivates full-time students to work, the aim of this paper is to examine and analyze the sociodemographic characteristics of full-time students of the University of Split who use the services of the Student Center as well as their work-related experiences during their studies. The survey was conducted during July and August 2019 on a sample of 216 full-time students at the University of Split. The results of the research show that students are partially satisfied with the salary paid by their employer, and that they earn half of their monthly income through the Student Center, while the rest is contributed by parents. Still, a fifth of students receive most of their monthly income from a parent or scholarship, so even though they receive scholarships, they are still forced to be employed. Half of the students have an average hourly rate income of 2.69 to 3.37 euros, which is also the minimum fee. A third of students think that their work is less time consuming, and the same percentage of those students’ state that their work does not take the time allotted for teaching and learning. They are mostly motivated to work during their studies by their poor financial situation, but also by meeting their own needs in the form of buying modern technology, clothing and footwear and going on trips. However, many students choose to work during their studies in order to gain new experiences and knowledge.

Keywords: full-time students, work during studies, employers, Student Center, motivation

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