HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 18 no. 2 (2009)

Impact of Sandwich Course Design on First Job Experience

Andrea Santiago

Discipline: Education, Human Resources Management



Education is a common means to prepare oneself for a career, be it in government, industry, or academe; profit or non-profit organization; for self-employment or as part of the human resource talent of someone else’s organization. Consequently, one of the responsibilities of higher education institutions is to prepare students for their careers. A concept that began to take off in the 1960s is to sandwich a period of actual work exposure within a student’s curriculum. This paper explored different variations of that concept within a private university and demonstrated how it impacts the first job experience of its graduates. Data seem to point that students who are exposed to work for longer hours on a full-time basis are likely to receive higher salaries at better first-job level positions after they graduate.