EXTENT TO WHICH WORKING CONDITIONS INFLUENCES RE-CAREERING AMONG WORKING-CLASS STUDENTS IN SELECTED KENYAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Author's Name: Anne Njango Njiiri & Prof. Rose Ruto Korir
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Education
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Re-careering, working conditions, working-class students, Kenyan public universities


Abstract

Re-careering is a phenomenon whereby already trained individuals seek a total shift to a new and different work field, demanding a new set of skills. While re-careering presents new opportunities to those re-careering, it affects employees and organizations in different, ways due to shifts that impact negatively on either organizations or the individual. The rate of re-careering continues to rise in Kenya. This study adopted a mixed – research design (i.e. quantitative and qualitative) to collect and analyze data. A total of 384 questionnaires were distributed to the targeted population sample. The results indicate that majority, 66.8%, of the respondents agreed that re-careering is motivated by difference in job security offered in different professions while 59.9% agreed that the decision to change careers is motivated by difference in working hours among different professions. The working students work long hours without compensation of extra hours worked for, making them feel unfairly treated by their employers.

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