Purpose. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand the lived experiences of student leader employees in relation to retention through the lens of development via engagement at a small, non-profit private university in Southern California.
Methodology. This study used a phenomenological approach to understand the lived experiences of student employee leaders. The researcher interviewed ten full-time undergraduate student employees who had been working in their leadership role for at least one year. The students interviewed were juniors and seniors.
Findings. The student employee leaders reported building strong relationships with their supervisors and peers as a result of on-campus employment. Students reported that their place of employment was a safe place for them to be and that they enjoyed the convenience of flexible hours and financial stability. The student employee leaders in this study felt supported and connected due to the people they have encountered throughout their employment at the institution. The student employee leaders also faced challenges and growth through their experiences working on campus. Lastly, students learned skills through various training methods.
Conclusion. The student employee leaders in this study reported that their relationships with supervisors and students contributed to their decision to remain at the institution. The students interviewed in this study also felt that what they learned in their place of employment could have longer implications in applying what they are learning to their future careers.
Recommendations. It is essential for student employees on campus to gain valuable experiences while working during college to engage and develop students to prepare for the future. Universities should emphasize for students to work on campus to help them build transferable skills and engage students in meaningful work to make the best of their time while in college.
|Commitee:||Cervantes, Carlos, Rahmani, Loretta|
|School:||University of La Verne|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||College, Development, Leadership, Persistence, Student employment, Training|
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