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Learning While Earning: The New Normal


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Learning While Earning: The New Normal finds that over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled.

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Learning While Earning: The New Normal

  1. Learning While Earning: The New Normal Anthony P. Carnevale, Nicole Smith, Michelle Melton and Eric Price October 28, 2015
  2. Overview •  Combining work with ongoing learning is the new normal among college students. •  More then 70 percent undergraduate and graduate students work while enrolled in college. •  One-third of working learners are 30 years old or older.
  3. Who are Working Learners? We define working learners as students who are simultaneously working while enrolled in postsecondary education or training programs. We categorize working learners into two groups: 1.  Young working learners (ages 16-29) 2.  Mature working learners (ages 30-54)
  4. One-third of working learners are 30 or older
  5. More than half of working learners are in the sales and food/personal services occupations
  6. Young working learners gravitate towards sales and office support while mature working learners are more concentrated in management
  7. Nearly 60 percent of working learners are women
  8. Business is the most popular major for both young and mature working learners
  9. More people are working full-time while in college •  Over 50 percent of mature working learners work at least 40 hours per week •  About 40 percent of undergraduates and graduate students work at least 30 hours per week •  After completion of a Bachelor’s degree, young and mature working learners work similar hours (majority 40-49 hours)
  10. Working learners and students who do not work both face rising school loan debt
  11. Conclusion •  Learning while earning is the new the normal for college students both young and old. •  After graduating, working learners have added to their resume and are upwardly mobile and more likely to move into managerial positions.
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