Abstract

Abstract:

This qualitative study examines how working influences students’ college experiences, extending the predominantly quantitative research in this area. Findings based on interviews with Latino first-generation students who work reveal three themes. First, these students bring a familial orientation that motivates them to increase occupational status. Second, students perceive that working helps them develop a sense of belonging on campus and important academic and social skills. Third, students describe work as intrinsically satisfying and purposeful. Thus, work offers these students benefits beyond financial capital, including human, cultural, and social capital. Implications include the importance of structuring meaningful work opportunities in to maximize these benefits in college.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1090-7009
Print ISSN
0162-5748
Pages
pp. 91-116
Launched on MUSE
2016-09-12
Open Access
No
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