Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2016)
The working students: Their pains and gains
Author(s): Ma. Arlen F. Arellado, Ed. D.
Abstract: This quantitative study ascertained the problems encountered by the working students, their coping mechanisms, and the benefits derived from their dual roles. A total of fifty students enrolled in the higher years were the participants in the study. Twelve students were from the College of Engineering (COE), 33 were from the College of Administrative and Financial Sciences (CAFS); and 5 were from the College of Computer Studies (CCS). The statistical tools used for quantitative results were frequency count and ranking. Conducted from May to July 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the results were as follows: (1) generally, working students’ common problems include stress, as they have difficulty balancing their work and studies. They miss their family and friends, they get low marks due to work demands and absenteeism caused by their official function; (2) Despite the dual roles, between work and studies, students still catch up with their family and friends during weekends to unwind, learn the skill of time management by organizing their daily routine, and do relaxation-related activities; and (3) As to benefits, financial security gives them a desirable lifestyle other than their need; their present job is related to their career goals; and the experience and skill learned are appealing to their future employers.