Hi friends! Today I have Dana from Through Bright Eyes on the blog to share all about getting a job in college. Since I never really had a real job on campus, I thought Dana could take the reigns on this aspect of college life! I hope to use her advice and find a way to earn a little extra cash this semester, and I hope you do too!
My name is Dana Hilgers, the blogger behind Through Bright Eyes, A college advice and lifestyle blog. I’m currently a sophomore in advertising at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I’m an extroverted sorority girl who’s obsessed with advertising, thrift shopping, and staying super busy. I have one sister, and a runaway cat. At my blog you can expect to see bits and pieces of my crazy life, along with advice on how to handle yours.
Today I’m taking over Gina Alyse to talk about how to get a job on campus.
College is expensive. We all know that, almost everything costs money. Unless you have a lot saved up from high school, or generous parents, you’re probably going to need a job.
Working is one of my favorite parts of college. I have a consistent income, don’t have to rely on my parents and get to make new friends while working. If you’re planning on getting a job on campus here’s some advice!
Accept Work Study:
This is so important! If you qualify for work study, take it. Work study almost guarantees that you will be able to get a job while on campus. If you unfamiliar with work study, work study is a financial aid program where you get a job and your employer only has to pay you half your salary, then the government pays you the other half. You still make the same amount in your pay check but the employer can hire double the people. Work study students are more appealing to employers for this reason so if you accept it, it will be easier to find employment.
Know when to start looking:
The beginning of each new semester is prime time for job searching. Many people leave their old jobs at the end of the year in search of new ones, or graduate from school. At the start of summer start keeping your eye out for possible jobs on campus and start applying. Most schools have a campus job board website where they post open positions for students at the university and surrounding area. And will start listing opportunities up to three months in advance. If you have somewhere in mind that you want to work, and they don’t have a posting, apply with them anyway. Odds are, they will be hiring soon!
Know where to apply:
Look for a job in places where people wouldn’t normally look. Check Facebook pages for university programs, because they’ll usually post when they’re doing hiring. Some places like Campus Dining and catering will usually have “mass hirings” where they will hire hundreds of students at once, My first job at college was with campus dining and I literally just signed up and was immediately offered a job, no interview or previous work experience required.
Not all jobs are listed on the job board so be sure to check the individual websites for places you want to apply. Some places to look at are libraries, residence halls, admissions office (for becoming a tour guide), recreation centers, stadiums, preforming art centers, museums (my school has an art and history museum) bookstore, health center, career center, and the student union
The student union is a great place to apply. This varies from college to college, but at my school applying to the union is one application for almost 20 different jobs. You can work for the hotel to the bookstore, bowling alley, the university-owned Starbucks and many other opportunities. Applying at the student union gave me four different offers for interviews and I ended up getting my current job at the bookstore.
If all the areas affiliated with your school are taken, it is time for you to start looking into different places on campus like restaurants, department stores and local bars. If you’re on a bigger campus figure out how the bus system works and if it can get you to a nearby mall. If it does you have all those jobs to apply to as well!
Find something that fits your schedule:
Getting a job is important but don’t accept a job that doesn’t appeal to you. If they’re looking for someone during hours that you’re not available, or require you to stay on campus during breaks, don’t bother with it–8.25 an hour is NOT worth the stress that the job will cause. Wait until something else comes along. The good thing is most college jobs are very flexible, and it is easy to switch shifts with other students. Shifts are usually one-five hours, and it is easy to fit in with a busy schedule. Communicate with your boss if you’re having problems with your schedule and they’ll do everything they can to accommodate you.
I highly recommend getting a part-time job on campus. But it’s not for everyone. I’m able to balance my schedule very well, but talk to your parents about whether or not you should accept a job, and keep it in mind when you’re looking to schedule your classes. For example: I have only morning classes from 9am-1pm and then work after class. If you are new to college I wouldn’t recommend working more then 8 hours a week depending on your course load and other activities. But if it works out, awesome!
Did you have a job while in college? Let us know in the comments below!
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