The relationships of employed students to non-employed students and non-student work colleagues: identity implications

Grozev, Vladislav H and Easterbrook, Matthew J (2022) The relationships of employed students to non-employed students and non-student work colleagues: identity implications. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. ISSN 1529-7489 (Accepted)

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Abstract

We explored how employed university students experience their relationships with their work colleagues and with non-employed students. Two research questions (RQs) were considered: RQ1: What experiences and conditions do employed students identify as contributing to a sense that they are a distinct and separate group from a) their work colleagues, and b) non-employed students? RQ2: What experiences and conditions do employed students feel facilitate and/or inhibit their social adaptation and integration at work and university? We interviewed 21 part-time employed students in England, and analysed the transcripts using reflexive thematic analysis. We adopted a deductive approach, using the Social Identity Approach as a theoretical framework. In relation to work colleagues, employed students identified a lack of empathy, being looked down upon, and experiencing hostility at the workplace as making them feel distinct from their work colleagues. In relation to non-employed students, employed students identified differences in experiences and values as increasing intergroup differentiation, which then resulted in feelings of not fitting in at university or social exclusion. Identified conditions, which supported social integration in the workplace, were working with colleagues who held positive attitudes towards students, experiencing similar workplace circumstances and a sense of common fate. Employed students felt socially integrated when non-workers had positive regard for them or by discussing their employment with other employed students.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social identity, Working students, Non-working students, Non-student colleagues, Intergroup categorisations
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 09:04
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106227

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