Numerous lockdowns in Auckland have made it more difficult for teenagers looking for work, especially in the hospitality industry. Photo / Getty Images

Auckland high schoolers are less likely to have part-time jobs than those in the regions – but that’s not because they’re lazy.

A new study from the online learning platform LearnCoach found that 42% of Auckland students had part-time jobs in high school.

This compared to 56 percent of students outside of Auckland who were employed part-time.

But LearnCoach’s Dave Cameron said the decline in part-time employment in Auckland was not because teens were less willing, but because of the impact of Covid-19.

The study of 2,000 NCEA level one, two and three students across the country found that Auckland students had the most difficulty finding part-time work in 2020.

“Auckland has been hit hardest by lockdowns and uncertainty and we’ve seen it especially in cafes and restaurants, which are go-to jobs for students,” Cameron said.

“The same is true for retail where companies are more likely to donate free hours to a full-time employee rather than employ a student.”

Just over 28% had a “secondary commotion” which could include selling clothing and crafts on social media such as Instagram and Facebook.

“There has been a real increase in sideways fuss and young people have a real advantage on Instagram and other platforms,” Cameron said.

“You get young kids putting stuff on Insta and making money that you never had before.”

Cameron said this was supported by the 32 percent of students surveyed who said they wanted more focus in school on how to start a small business.

“They want their classes to reflect what they do in their life so there were a decent number who wanted to know how to turn a side activity into a business.”

Cameron said Auckland teens were also facing traffic issues and getting to and from part-time jobs without affecting their schoolwork or sleep.

“Many have struggled to find a part-time job that they can easily access after school, but also brings them back to a decent time so they can do their homework or rest.”

Cameron said the 2021 student survey aimed to hear the voices of current NCEA students across New Zealand covering key areas such as relationships, learning styles, topics, life personal and future career visions.

A primary theme was the changes and change in education, entering and leaving confinement.

LearnCoach also wanted information so that parents and teachers have a better understanding of their children and students.

Another key finding was the impact of Covid-19 on the career paths of students.

Before the pandemic, LearnCoach found that 52.9% of students had a clear career path.

In the process, four in 10 students (41.7%) either pivoted or completely changed their career plan as a result of Covid-19.

“Many students knew what they wanted to do, but due to the impact of Covid-19 on certain industries, they changed their minds or decided to continue their education.

“The number of students who wish to pursue university studies or continue their studies has increased because of Covid-19.”

The main findings of the LearnCoach student survey are as follows:

67.8% of students feel pressure when choosing their subjects
50.5% felt they had regular or frequent contact with their teachers during the 2020 lockdown
74.7 read newspaper or consume local news – an increase from Covid-19
86.2% plan to go straight to college after high school
49.7% have a part-time job
28.2 percent have a pushover side whether they work part-time, or in addition to working part-time

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This notice was published: 2021-04-21 19:24:27


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