In Slovenia, student work has been present for a long time and is also very frequent among tertiary and secondary students. The study period is an important turning point in the life of young people, since they still depend on their parents and are at the same time maturing and having aspirations for independence and autonomy. During their education, young people want to participate on the labour market for different reasons and begin working via a student job referral. Through work, students raise their personal growth and gain different work experiences, which are, however, not recognized formally. Particularly the work experiences, gained with student work, cause trouble in the case of first employment in the public sector, where job vacancies require work experience, gained during employment.
When a student applies for a vacancy in the public sector, his application must also enclose an authentic document proving his work experiences gained with student work, and this document needs to be an original and prove the content. These experiences are considered under certain conditions. The student’s student work experiences are considered, when he applies for a vacancy in the public sector at the same level of complexity as he was working at via the student job referral. The main findings of the thesis are that the field of student work and related work experiences is not regulated in one single act, but this would need to be done not only in favour of students, but also for employers, which are facing this problem on employment. This way, this field would be more comprehensively and systematically legally regulated for students and employers.