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There are 5 comments on Working May Help Your GPA

  1. Interesting study, and the possible explanation could make sense.

    Alternatively, it’s possible that the choice of whether or not to take an additional responsibility and work part-time says something about how motivated, focused, or efficient a particular student is. So maybe if somebody has / was brought up with these traits, they are more likely to work harder in school and maintain a higher GPA, as well as to find the time and motivation necessary to work a job.

  2. It could be that wealthier students are more likely not to have jobs AND more likely to go to college with a lower GPA…. students who HAVE to work part time may come from a hgher GPA pool… students who have to work 30 hours are unable to achieve thier best ….. or some other things entrely different :)

    1. Typically, the rich kids are those that get good internships with low work hours. Those that work more than 20 hours are the working poor whose working/middle class parents are not willing to chip in to their education expenditure.

  3. I definitely agree with the idea that kids that get part-time jobs would/could be the more motivated.

    Correlation is not causality, you social scientists!

    Also that 2 years college students difference between those working more or less than 20 hours getting 2.94 and 2.93… You might want to check out the statistical significance of .01.

  4. those who need to work to attend school tend to appreciate what they have recieved in an education. As to the statistics, interesting but no causal connection made. However, as an employer as well as a BU student, I will hire the student that has work experience first – a practical point to ponder. Interesting to note that I obtained a doctorate of law while working 40+ hours per week and I am currently working about the same now while obtaining a masters in a related field with a 3.85 GPA – so much for statistics….

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