We live in an ever changing world and unless you stop to take a look around you may not know how things have changed. Many times we talk about the technological changes and ignore so many other social changes that may actually have nothing to do with technology.
The rising cost of living coupled with the ever shrinking state support for education at high levels has fueled major social changes. The era of IMF-led fiscal policies compelled governments worldwide cutting down on the financial support they were channeling to universities.
When governments cut down on funding, the first thing to go was the money for upkeep and so this meant students had to find ways of surviving while at university. Others who make it to the university and have to pay for their own tuition are already pressured to find sources for this money especially if they do not have parents to pick that bill.
On the other end of the spectrum, workers who for long were comfortable in their jobs woke up to the reality that universities were churning out thousands of graduates who were interested in their jobs. Those with diplomas run back for degrees and those with degrees also run back for Masters Degree and all sorts of post graduate certificates.
The two scenarios have therefore seen workers flocking to universities and students flocking to workplaces. In a restaurant you are likely to be attended to by a student just like in a lecture room one finds many who come from work to attend class. The line has been blurred and this calls for new approaches both at work and at school.
Employers need to understand and make it possible for workers to have some time to attend studies while lecturers also have to remember that their students are not ordinary students but those with extra responsibilities.