Does part time employment affect stress levels of final year students? A study of hospitality students at UWIC
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This dissertation has been set out with the aim of exploring the stress levels of final year hospitality students at UWIC. This study reports on research that develops an understanding of the pattern of part-time working among a 29 undergraduate students studying hospitality at University of Wales Institute. The research identifies that the majority (97 per cent) of students are involved in some form of part-time employment and on average work 16 hours per week. While the main reasons for working were financial, respondents recognised a range of non-financial benefits built up from their part-time employment and concluded that although their work was stressful, their employment did not have an altogether negative effect on their studies. The aim was reached through the use of a case study approach to research; the main body of research was conducted in the form of a questionnaire. These were designed to gain opinions and thoughts from the specific group of students specified in the title. The results were then analysed and compared with the opinions of those in current relevant literature. The main outcome of the study was that stress plays a major part in many of the students' jobs and the stress levels experienced are fairly high. The results show that many felt this stress affected other parts of their lives, particularly study, negatively.
BA (Hons) Hospitality Management
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