Survey: What is the main challenge faced by Argentine university students?

71% of university students Argentines who study and work at the same time, you do not have a job within your profession. A problem that occurs in a higher percentage than in other countries in the region.

Most combine study and work due to financial need, and provide work tasks for about 30 hours a week. Just for comparison, an internship allows by law a maximum of 20 hours.

The data derives from a study carried out by Jobint, through its job vacancy publication portals Bumeran, Laborum, Multitrabajos and Konzerta. 5,456 people participated -1,707 from Argentina, 401 from Chile, 1,681 from Ecuador, 989 from Panama, and 678 from Peru- between August 10 and 22.

The gap between study and work experience is not “free”. According to Carolina Molinaro, Head of Marketing at Jobint, ideally “working and studying at the same time is an outstanding experience for professional development. It allows you to go putting into practice what is seen in the faculty and in this way learn.” Apparently, few Argentine university students have that possibility.

What do Argentine university students study and what do they work for?

Argentina is the surveyed country where the largest number of university students do not work for what they study and is 6 points above the regional average. In Panama, 68% of young students have this problem, in Chile 65%, in Ecuador 59% and in Peru 53 percent.

At the local level, almost 20% of the participants are studying disciplines related to Administration, Finance and Economy. He was followed by those who choose health careers (Medicine, Pharmacy, etc.) In both cases, together with Law, they are the careers known as “the first choice”. and with a 10% those who develop systems, the area with the highest demand for professionals worldwide. Only 6% chose Engineeringa profession also on the rise.

What careers do Argentines who study and work choose? (Source: Boomerang)

But when consulting what they work for, only 15% are located in the areas of Economy and Finance, and 7% in health.. It is worth remembering that to practice as a doctor or nurse, it is necessary to have a qualifying title, and many cannot start working in their profession until they finish their residencies.

Most of those who study and work in Argentina are in Commercial, Sales and Business areas (16%), and there is another 7% in trades and customer service and contact centers, areas that tend to hire many young people.

Who manages to work while studying professions linked to technology and systems development? In Argentina, according to this report, 4 percent.

It is also worth noting that 84% of the Argentines who participated, they are not working at their first job. It is a similar percentage of what happens in other countries in the region, relieved by Bumeran.

What do Argentine university students work on (Source: Bumeran)

What do Argentine university students work on (Source: Bumeran)

Financial need dictates

It would be a mistake to think that all university students want to dedicate themselves 100% to their studies until they obtain their diploma and thus graduate faster. As we mentioned, gaining experience in the real job market is seen as a value that opens the way for those who reach the coveted title.

10% of the Argentines consulted indicated that they work while studying to gain work experience, and another 9% also prefer to simply do both at the same time. 8% wanted to be able to complete the CV and not only with the title.

But the vast majority of Argentine university students (49%) said that they study and work out of economic necessity, and another 25% because they want economic independence from their family..

According to what they said from Bumeran to iProfesional, this same condition does not occur in all the countries surveyed. Probably the closest to what is happening in this sense in Argentina is Chile, where 58% responded that they work and study “because I need the money”, and another 16% said that it is “to have economic independence”.

In Ecuador, however, 24% answered that they study and work out of economic necessity and economic independence. 22% do so to finish their degree with work experience.

In Panama, 32% selected “because I need the money”, 21% “to have economic independence” and 18% “because I want to have work experience on my CV when I finish my degree”. In Peru, 27% opted for “because I need the money”, 24% for “because I want to have work experience on my CV when I finish my degree” and 21% for “to gain experience”.

Why study and work at the same time (Source: Bumeran)

Why study and work at the same time (Source: Bumeran)

But there are similarities between countries as well. In Argentina, the majority (51%) of working students do so for 30 hours per week or more. 17% work between 20 and 30 hours, only 32% work less than 20 hours a week, as indicated, for example, by the Internship Law.

As confirmed by Bumeran, in other countries these data are repeated with similar percentages. In Chile, 54% work 30 hours or more per week; in Ecuador 52% do so; in Panama 59% and in Peru 47 percent.

It is not surprising then that when consulting the advantages of having a job while they study, 21% of Argentinean participants mentioned having their own income.

But that is not the main advantage they detect: the 23% said this allows them to develop soft skills that are required in the labor market; and another 17% mentioned that is learning to manage timea skill that is also highly valued in the era of home-office and self-management.

“People who study and work are experts in managing their time and coordinating different tasks, skills that are highly required in any workplace. The fact that 51% work more than 6 hours a day and study in the meantime is proof of this,” Molinaro said. .

As main difficulties, the Argentines mentioned time management to do everything well (39%), the fatigue generated by working and studying at the same time (18%), not having free time (14%) and something not less, for a 11% the situation affected their performance in the study.

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