Having an on-campus job is an experience many college students have while working through school. Working upwards of 30 hours per week, completing assignments and participating in school activities can be a sacrifice but it comes with a greater reward. Coming from the experience of Noel James, a Junior Family and Consumer Science major. She is a student worker for Southeastern Louisiana University Housing office.
“More people are working full-time while in college. About 40 percent of undergraduates and 76 percent of graduate students work at least 30 hours a week; 25 percent of all working learners are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time; and 19 percent of all working learners have children,” reported by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.
One of the significant rewards in college student employment is earning an income. Students workers at Southeastern Louisiana University have the ability to earn an hourly wage which is set forth by the employer of that specific department. While fulfilling the duties of the job, you have the opportunity to learn much more.
Kristen Newman, a senior English major at Southeastern Louisiana, is a resident assistant for University Housing. She understands the benefit of having an on-campus job as this helps her with her savings and pays for the things she needs in school. “I have always been an independent child, and with the added benefit of working for University Housing such as free housing and a meal plan, this lifted a weight off of my parents and myself,” Newman said.
Another benefit of having college employment is gaining professional experience within the workplace. Professional expertise is valuable with traditional and nontraditional students who may lack the network and work experience. Often when working on the job, students can obtain transferable and technical skills to help them no matter their major or career field.
“Working as a student worker for University Housing has to help me improve my transferable skills like my written and verbal skills…when I am given a task it helps me improve my professional writing and when I am answering students and parents questions concerning housing I get a chance to perfect my speaking skills,” Savannah Woodstone said. Savannah Woodstone is a sophomore art history major.