If you are like most students, you will need a part-time job while attending college. Some students are awarded work-study as part of their financial aid, while others need to make a little extra money. A great place to find a job is on-campus. On-campus jobs are a great opportunity because of all of the advantages they offer. The commute is short. Your schedule will be flexible because your employer knows your studies must come first. And, each position can provide other advantages specific to the job. Below are ten on-campus jobs you might want to consider.
1. Resident Advisor (RA)
This position will typically not be available to students until their second year, but it is a great opportunity for students of all majors. The monetary benefits of this position could be the best out of all positions on campus. You may not see a paycheck while working as a resident advisor, but it can ease the burden of paying for school. When I was a RA, my institution paid for my tuition, fees, room and board! Other colleges may only cover housing. No matter what is provided, this job can really help with paying for college. The responsibilities of a RA can include making sure residents are abiding by rules, conflict medication when roommates are having a disagreement, and planning events for your residents. The position teaches responsibility, leadership, conflict medication, and provides a lot of great stories.
2. Office of Admission
If you are a people person and love your school, the Office of Admission may be a great place for you. Students who work in admission offices get to give campus tours to prospective students, help with admission events, and make phone calls to prospective students. Students in the admission office may also do data entry, mailings, write blog posts, and host prospective students overnight in their dorm room. When I worked as the Director of Admissions, I had my student employees help me with marketing materials and sit in on strategy meetings to produce new ideas to attractive new students. The work in the admission office can be a lot of fun and you get to help bring in new students to your institution.
3. Department Office
A lot of business happens in the academic department offices. The job may require you to answer phones, distribute mail, and deliver things all over campus. Students who work in department offices will probably get to know faculty outside of the classroom because they will be visiting the department office on a regular basis. Students who work in department offices may also get to learn about opportunities such as scholarships, internships, and jobs before other students on-campus.
4. Events Office
If you like event planning, the events office on campus may be a great opportunity. Colleges host many different types of events throughout the year including fundraising events, concerts and special speakers. You may get to work on events from the planning stage all the way until the actual event.
The library is a great place to work if you like being in a quiet environment and working on your own. You may have to reshelve books, help students find things, or check out books. You may also have the opportunity to do some quiet reading (or studying) when not much is happening in the library.
No matter the size of your college, you’ll probably find at least a museum or two. The type of museums available on campus can range from art to history to music. Many of the larger colleges even have museums that are well-known and visited by thousands of people every year. If you love museums or enjoy the subject matter at a specific museum on your campus, it may be a great place to dive in deep to learn more about the subject. Students who work at museums can do everything from giving tours to cataloging new pieces.
Many professors do research on college campus and they need students to help. If you’re studying STEM or a social science, research in your field could be very interesting. You will get to work one-on-one with your professor(s) and have some content you can add to your resume.
The athletics office has as a lot going on. In addition to the games, they may need tutors for athletes, gym attendants, and marketing. If you like sports, you might be able to get an up-close-and-personal look into the world of collegiate athletics by working in the athletic office.
9. Alumni Office
The alumni office does a lot of things with alumni of the college. The most important aspect of this office is to keep the alumni of the institution engaged. Therefore, they host events, produce magazines, and answer questions of alumni. Working in the alumni office may bring you into contact with alumni of the institution who can become great mentors or resources for future employment.
10. Student Resources
Do you do well in classes? Or, do some of the subjects come to you easier than other students? There are many resources on campus that can help students who need it. You can become a tutor for a subject that you do well in. Some students require accommodations in their education and may need someone to take notes for them in class. If you like helping others and do well academically, a position like this might be a great option for you.
There are a lot of jobs available on campus. The above jobs are not the only options available to students. If there is something you are interested in doing or want to gain experience in a specific field, an on-campus job may be a great option for you. Most offices on college campuses employ student. If you’re interested in a job, check in with the office to find out if they are accepting applications for student employees.
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