Correlation assessment between working and academic performance

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

2 Faculty Economics and Muamalat, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Bandar Baru Nilai 71800, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

3 Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Kem Sungai Besi, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4 Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

5 UTM CRES, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

6 User Experience Research Lab (UXRL), Faculty of Computer and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


Working while studying is common, with at least half of all students taking a paid job at some point throughout their studies. By combining working and studying simultaneously will impact the academic performance of students. The main issues are the consequences of working while studying, which results in declining academic performance. This study aimed to identify possible reasons that cause students to work and study simultaneously, assess the correlation between work and academic performance, and determine the main barriers students face as they work and study. Using quantitative method, data was collected from 218 students from undergraduate and postgraduate, who have experienced study while working. Results show that most students agreed that working while studying correlates with academic performance. Furthermore, it is necessary to learn about the positive and negative effects of their efforts that distract them all this time. Having known all, these factors helped this study develop a good strategy for maintaining a better life while working and studying simultaneously.


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Volume 12, Special Issue
December 2021
Pages 1103-1115
  • Receive Date: 01 June 2021
  • Revise Date: 08 July 2021
  • Accept Date: 26 September 2021
  • First Publish Date: 26 September 2021