Priorities and Intentions of Working-Students Working amidst COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Alnice Payusan Cebu Normal University
  • Mellicent Jade Arrofo Cebu Normal University
  • Laiza Ann Codilla Cebu Normal University
  • Stephanie Gaco Cebu Normal University
  • Darlyn Keth Dakay Cebu Normal University
  • Angelito Cabanilla Jr. Cebu Normal University
  • Venus Cortes Cebu Normal University


COVID-19 pandemic, lived experience, special needs in education, working students


The study explored the priorities and intentions of working students who manage the challengingroles of being a student and a worker. This qualitative study used a descriptive phenomenological design. Five (5) working students from a state university volunteered to be the informants of the study and were selected through the snowball sampling technique. Data collected were
analyzed using Braun and Clarke's six-step thematic analysis resulting in five themes. Results showed that working while studying was perceived to be challenging yet financially helpful. Students faced time constraints with school tasks, leading to poor grades. Hence, working students tended to have difficulty managing both roles, and the pandemic forced them to work that negatively impacted their academic performance. The study suggested that universities provide more flexibility for working students with options to adjust study loads for working students. 






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