Is it possible to work while at university, without this being a heavy burden to bear, or slowing the regular academic path? In Italy, it is a common practice, even though working learners are now decreasing in numbers compared to the past. According to the Italian newspaper Sole 24 Ore, the percentage of students that study and have a paid job dropped by 39% to 26%, probably due to the reduced working possibilities.
Conversely, in the US, according to a report by Georgetown University, nearly 14 million people – 8 percent of the total labour force and a consistent 70 percent to 80 percent of college students – are both active in the labour market and formally enrolled in some form of postsecondary education or training. Continue reading