Impact of Paid Employment on a Student

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1201QBT ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

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** Your Essay Plan must be presented to your tutor in class WEEK 6 for marking**

STUDENT NAME: _________________ STUDENT ID: ______________ CLASS: __________
ESSAY PLAN (1 TO 5 MARKS WILL BE ALLOCATED FOR THIS PLAN AS PART OF YOUR OVERALL
ESSAY MARK. SEEESSAY CRITERIA SHEET FOR DETAILS)
Reminders:
 Please note that not all your essay is included in the plan. There is no need to include
background sentences or all your explanations and examples. These will be written when you
begin drafting.
 Write your argument statement after planning the topic and position of your body paragraphs.
 When writing the argument statement, remember to address all key words of the essay topic.
 The argument statement should outline the topics discussed in body paragraphs, in the order
they occur in the essay.
 Every Body Paragraph must include at least 2 claims from 2 different sources to support the
position of that paragraph.
 Accurate referencing is important. Use a referencing guide or visit Griffith Library Website >
Workshops & Training > Self-Help Resources > Referencing > Referencing Tool.
 Any student who colludes or plagiarises will receive zero marks for their essay plan.

Introduction
Argument statement
The position that will be argued on the
topic (use content key words) and the
main points, in the order they will be
discussed in the essay.
The argument statement identifies how
you are going to answer the essay topic.

In this essay it is argued that part-time working while studying is a
practice responding to changing education demands, and comes with
both positive and negative impact on the student.
Part-time working for students is a common practice in high education
that has endured challenges of time. It has been a feature of university
experience for a long time (David, 2012). Part-time working has been
created by the changing nature of education where parents with family
responsibilities are also going back to school, which means it aligns
with the changing times and demands in the education sector
(Kwadzo, 2014; David, 2012). Also, it is advantageous to students so
long as students balance their academic and work demands
(Applegate & Daly, 2006)

Body paragraph 1

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Topic sentence
Contains the topic and position of this
paragraph.

Part-time working helps students to gain time management skills

Claim 1. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Working while studying means the student has to strike a balance
between time to work and time to study (Elisabeth, 2015)

Claim 2. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Strict school rules means the student is obliged to attend almost all
classes (Neriman, Citak, Aysel, & Zuhal, 2012)

Claim 3. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

The skills gained at this time has an in the future as a worker

Body paragraph 2
Topic sentence
Contains the topic and position of this
paragraph.

Working part-time while studying improves students’ overall work and
education experience

Claim 1. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Part-time working helps the student to develop skills that are valuable
for future working experience (Kwadzo, 2014)

Claim 2. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Part-time working helps the student to gain management skills as
Kwadzo (2014) found out that working students had better
management skills.

Claim 3. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

A part-time job improves student’s overall education experience as it
removes monotony (David, 2012)

Body paragraph 3 (your essay may have 3 or 4 Body Paragraphs)
Topic sentence
Contains the topic and position of this
paragraph.

However, working part-time may have negative impact on the
education outcome of the student.

Claim 1. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Students find it difficult to balance between academic and work
demands and in most cases their grades will dip (Applegate & Daly,
2006)

Claim 2. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Working part-time and studying leaves students with little time for
recovery and hence they suffer from burnout (Neriman et al., 2012)

Claim 3. (Support from the literature:
paraphrase or quote)
Include citation.

Students have little time left for their social life and participation in co-
curricular activities (David, 2012)

Description

Paid employment describes a situation where students work in part-time employment and also attend classes at the same time. It is implies that a student has divided attention between work and classes.  This is a common practice in high education that has endured challenges of time, but has gained increased attention from researchers in the recent past. It has been a feature of university experience for a long time (David, 2012). Part-time working has been created by the changing nature of education where parents with family responsibilities are also going back to school, which means it aligns with the changing times and demands in the education sector (Kwadzo, 2014; David, 2012).  Working while studying has different impacts on the life of the student and their achievement as well (Applegate & Daly, 2006). Therefore, working while studying is a practice responding to changing education demands, and it comes with both positive and negative impact on the student.