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“I’d like to encourage students who do gain a student employment opportunity to see it as a way to develop their professional skills,” said Career Center director Megan Nicklaus. “Even if they’re answering the phone or doing paperwork, see if there is a way to contribute to the organization—if there are projects or ideas that they have—to share with their supervisors in a respectful way, so they can gain experience that they can use to parlay into that next experience.”
So you missed Tuesday’s job fair—now what? Student Employment Coordinator Lucie Holloway points you to the Student Employment page on the college’s financial aid website.
“That’s where everything we will cover at the student employment fair will be,” she said, “And the student employment handbook, because there is a lot of great information there.”
In addition to tips for finding a job and filling out timesheets, the site has job postings for many of the on-campus departments and offices looking for help.
“I don’t always hear from every single department that hires students and has a job opening, so we also recommend students to walk around the campus through different departments to see if they are hiring,” said Holloway. (Note that most of the hiring for yearlong positions takes place at the start of the school year.)
The Student Employment office adamantly encourages supervisors to give hiring priority to students on financial aid or who have work-study through their financial aid package during Block 1. Many positions are filled at the job fair, but not all of them.
“We understand there are special jobs like lifeguards and tutors that require a lot of training, a lot of experience,” said Holloway. “So we would make an exception for those for hiring during first block.”
Supervisors are generally patient in helping their new employees fill out the necessary paperwork, including the I-9 and W-4 tax forms, as well as the employer referral form, in order to get started. This year, Nicklaus is working with both supervisors and employees to up the professionalism of campus jobs even further.
“I’m working with the student employment office, and what I’ll be doing is talking to the supervisors about the student employment experience and how they are actually playing a role in the student’s development as a professional,” she said. Her goal is to make on-campus employment a more legitimate learning experience for student’s future job positions.
“Every job, if you treat is as a growing and learning experience, can be meaningful, no matter where you decide to go after graduation,” says Nicklaus. “Even if you’re a first-year and you have no idea where you want to go, you’re still building the skill set that you can talk about to get that summer job, or to have that volunteer experience or that internship experience.”
Nicklaus encourages both student employees and supervisors alike that, while working a job on campus might be a financial obligation, it can be used for much more and serve as a great advantage in the future.
“I really hope students can embrace this opportunity and that supervisors will do the same and see how talented the student population is here and how they can take that talent and help shape and develop it further.”