Toluna Harris Interactive conducted a study by the Education Recruitment Companies Association on what students think of work-study programs in terms of educational and professional contribution, not forgetting issues related to pace and support for work-study students. This research with a sample of 2,807 respondents who alternated between the schools of Galileo Global Education and Pigier Lyon (Eduservices Group), concludes with significant results that we invite you to discover in this PGE article.
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The work and study program meets the professional and educational expectations of students
For 96% of the surveyed students (ie almost all), work study was unanimously recognized as an advantage for the rest of their career. This undoubtedly strengthens their employability on the labor market, as evidenced by these figures:
- Acquire professional skills (70%)
- Have concrete experience (59%)
- Increase the chances of finding a job after studying (44%)
Additional figure: 83% of respondents believe that the tasks assigned to the company allow them to acquire the skills necessary to obtain a professional title.
Furthermore, the work-study program also has high educational expectations and students seem to be very satisfied with the veracity of the educational brochure and reality. In fact, 98% of them say that exchange rates are always or almost guaranteed. For 89% of students who responded, the number of hours and subjects taught are in line with what was advertised.
Furthermore, 88% of them agree with the following statements:
- Teachers who are competent in the areas they teach.
- Teachers transfer their knowledge well.
- They are available and attentive.
Students have difficulties in reconciling the two rhythms, in the context of support that needs to be strengthened
The interviewed students have difficulties in effectively and simply juggling between professional life and student life at school. Namely, only 2/3 of the surveyed work study students believe that the balance between working in a company and working in classes is satisfactory. During the study, 3 main difficulties arose.
The main difficulties they face are the following:
- Too many lessons / too many hours of lessons (54%)
- Too much extracurricular work is required (homework, exercises, repetition) (37%)
- There are difficulties in navigating between the two types of rhythms. (27%)
In terms of support, it has proven itself, even if it still needs a lot of improvement. In fact, only one out of two trainees interviewed benefited from one of the types of support:
- CV review
- Tips for writing cover letters
- Personalized application tips
- Coaching preparation for the interview
Namely: 77% of students believe that the advice from the cover letter helped to make their letter more relevant.
However, please note that support is not offered for business management and school work. This could be interesting thinking for business school support services in the future.
What methodology is used?
Classes were randomly selected with alternating students, with the administration of questionnaires in the class via QR code, in order to obtain a very high participation rate, with almost 80%, i.e. a final sample of 2807 respondents (alternating students), which guarantees a very good representativeness of the results.
In conclusion, this study shows to what extent work study is an advantage for their professional integration according to students, thanks to the alliance between high-level teaching and the development of professional skills in the company. However, significant efforts need to be made to support work management in businesses and in schools.
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I am Maxime DIGUET, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of PGE and I would like to share a lot of tips and advice with you through my articles.