This blog is written by Emily, our Campus Ambassador for Eastern Michigan University.
When I first went to college, the idea of an on campus job sounded like the worst idea in the world. I thought I’d end up with a job with dinning services making gross fried food for my peers who would make fun of me for wearing a silly hat. Lucky for me, I didn’t get my first on campus job at a dining facility; it was at the front desk of a residence hall. And sure, an on campus job doesn’t sound as glamorous has having a job at the mall or being a waitress at a fancy restaurant downtown, but the truth is on campus jobs really do prepare you for the real world and you can learn a lot.
On campus jobs can give your resume a lift if you’ve never had a job before. Even though your little 10 hours max per week on campus job may not seem like much, you are giving yourself an edge. Working and going to school at the same time sends a message to employers how dedicated you are.
Your little on campus job can lead to bigger and better things. For example, if you want to be a writer – write for the school magazine, newspaper or literary publication. Your connections there could help you get a better job at a local publishing company or at a larger magazine or newspaper publication. And it is the same thing for getting internships and promotions. You may find that as you start out as a staff writer, you could be promoted to being an editor.
If you want to be in computers, work for the IT department. If you want to be a chef, work for dining services. If you want to be an event planner, work for the event planning office. If the office you want to work for doesn’t have a student position, maybe they would take on a student intern. Sure, you wouldn’t be paid, but the experience is invaluable.
So now, here I am, a few years or more into my college career. I started out working 10 hours a week at the front desk of residence hall handing out toilet paper to residents. Now, I work for the Vice President of Communications at my university. Pretty awesome, huh?