A few weeks ago, The Catalyst investigated and divulged ways in which CC students can receive and make the best of student employment opportunities on campus. In this follow-up edition, we decided to go deeper in order to find out what students as well as supervisors think of their positions and overall experiences with the abundant on-campus employment opportunities.
“My biggest thing is responsibility,” said Tiana Perry, when asked what makes a good student employee. Perry is the Assistant Manager at the Fitness Center on campus and, among other jobs, oversees the students who work there.
“Showing up on time, finding replacements when you can’t make your shift, and just overall work ethic are things I look for in my employees,” she added.
Perry posts job opportunities on the Financial Aid webpage. Interested students can send in their resumes, which, in her opinion, are the most important factors in the hiring process. “Your resume essentially says whether you’re interested in the job or not,” Perry said.
Sarah Milteer, a staff assistant at the Colket Center and supervisor to Writing Center tutors, said, “I look for students who are inquisitive and who push themselves to learn new programs and find ways to be useful.”
She emphasized that having people with service skills is also extremely useful. “I value employees who are well-rounded and driven,” said Milteer.
Becoming a tutor at the Writing Center involves an initial interview, enrolling in a class over half block, taking an adjunct course on how to tutor, and writing various essays on the subject of tutorship. It’s not an easy process, but Milteer is confident that the overall experience makes you a better teacher and writer.
On the other side of the equation, students value supervisors who have a lot of experience, according to senior Matt Potter, an English major who works as a peer tutor at the Writing Center.
“At the Writing Center, everyone has different levels of experience in writing in multiple disciplines, so it’s nice when your supervisor is well-organized and available to help out,” said Potter.
Kathryn Perry, a senior Art History major who helps monitor the Fitness Center, also appreciates supervisors who can delegate jobs in an organized manner. “They need to be organized and always know what’s going on,” she said.
Both supervisors and students confirm that it’s hard to ignore the long-term benefits of student employment opportunities. Potter cites not only monetary benefits, but also an increase in the confidence levels of tutors and their students alike.
“What’s nice about tutoring is that you find out that you actually have a talent in writing,” said Potter, who plans to pursue a life in writing after college.
Milteer, Potter’s supervisor, emphasizes that student employees are gaining great life skills. “It looks good on resumes because of the practical experience they are receiving,” she said.
“I think that student employees also feel like they are part of a community,” added Perry.
“I’m proud of the fact that this program causes them to feel a larger connection to the school even after they graduate.”
Cynthia Haynes, Phonathon manager and supervisor to about 30 student employees, says her favorite part about being a supervisor is working with students. “CC students have so much energy, insight and creativity,” she said. “I’ve met so many incredible people so far and I can’t wait to help them navigate this world.”
Milteer agrees. “Students are definitely my favorite part of the job,” she said. “At the Writing Center, we have a really wonderful group of interesting, sweet, clever, and enthusiastic students.”
However, employment opportunities are not always so straightforward and fun. They involve a substantial time commitment and organization. In fact, submitting biweekly time sheets has become somewhat of an issue among student employees because of the strict deadline. However, according to Haynes, supervisors are there to help.
“I’m really strict about time sheets because there’s only one woman who manages all of the time sheets and sends out checks to every student employee, and I don’t want to inconvenience her with delays,” said Haynes.
Wondering how to make the most of your on campus employment opportunity?
“Approach your job with an opportunistic outlook rather than a monetary outlook, and always keep an open mind,” said Perry.
Haynes advocates for on-campus employment opportunities because it helps prepare students for life after CC. “No matter the job, you’ll have skills that will translate into the real world,” she said. “These opportunities just give you a taste of what’s out there.”