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is it hard to find a job at college?

DrashDrash Posts: 118Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2009 in College Life
What are the odds that'll i get a job on campus in the first week in college if I apply for the student work study program as soon as I get there? Seriously need that cash to pay for the following month's meal plan bill.
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  • icanreadicanread Posts: 508Registered User Member
    Work-study jobs are pretty easy to come by, especially if you start looking early. The hiring process for work-study jobs is also not that stringent. Look everywhere though: libraries, dining halls, various academic departments, administrative offices, warehouse etc.
  • DrashDrash Posts: 118Registered User Junior Member
    that's the problem..i don't know rlly know how to look for a job. Never worked b4 and dunno much place. Plus i am going to college in a town i've never been to (although it's 20min of driving away from my home). I am starting to regret not following my friend around this summer while they were looking for a job
  • icanreadicanread Posts: 508Registered User Member
    I know for my school, there is a website up with a listing of all the on-campus places hiring student workers. There should be something somewhere set up where you are. If not, then you can definitely just go to places (say the library) and ask the front-desk person if they're hiring. A lot of on-campus locations (gyms, libraries, all sorts of offices) are heavily staffed by part-time students. Just go and ask.
  • demeterdemeter Posts: 1,367Registered User Senior Member
    School websites usually list possible work-study jobs with contact info. I don't know how your school's financial aid works, but at my school, work-study is given as part of the financial aid package, which you receive before school starts. So when you say that you'll "apply" for the student work-study program, does this mean that the school did not give you any federal work-study money but that you'll try to get one of those jobs anyway? In that case, it might be a lot harder for you to find a job on campus, since the school would have to pay you out of its pocket (rather than the government's).

    Check with your school's career center if the have a listserv that sends out emails about temp positions. You might find some part-time work that way (though not work-study).
  • comiclovercomiclover Posts: 685Registered User Member
    You can't apply for jobs classified as work study unless you got work study as part of your financial aid.

    At least at my school.
  • icedragonicedragon Posts: 2,170Registered User Senior Member
    Comic, thats the same at all schools.
  • cewillmcewillm Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
    My school's work study job listings are all online, and there's a profile system so that you enter your information once and apply to many jobs with it. The bad thing is that you basically can't get a work-study job as a "stranger" at my school. Departments usually have students in mind for their jobs but post the entries online as a formality. I've applied to probably 30 with no luck.

    I got my current job (a high paying one at that) by knowing a friend who knew the previous student who worked there. Making connections like this early will help you find a good job in school.

    That said, you shouldn't really rely on a work study job to pay part of your bill.
  • DrashDrash Posts: 118Registered User Junior Member
    "So when you say that you'll "apply" for the student work-study program, does this mean that the school did not give you any federal work-study money but that you'll try to get one of those jobs anyway? In that case, it might be a lot harder for you to find a job on campus, since the school would have to pay you out of its pocket (rather than the government's)."

    Yea..that's what I mean. I had a meeting with the guy who will be my counselor in June. I asked him about it and he said something like the applications are not available yet. That I could apply in September.

    I went to the school's website's and found an application form for it. Also found this piece of info

    "The Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educationally related expenses. The program offers jobs on-campus and with off-campus community service agencies. Students are paid on an hourly basis and can work up to 20 hours per week. Work-Study applications are available at the One Stop Service Center."
  • PlattsburghLoserPlattsburghLoser Posts: 5,487Registered User Senior Member
    Yes and no.
    Yes, if you go in looking too late. They tend to fly off the market pretty quickly. Start your search ASAP.
    No, they'll pretty much accept anyone.
  • cewillmcewillm Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
    It's not necessarily true that they'll accept anyone. Most of the menial jobs at my school, which work-study students generally would complete, are "outsourced" to lowly-educated people in the surrounding area.

    Instead many work-study jobs are specialized -- chemistry lab technicians, a few IT jobs, and so on. You don't need to be a wizard in the subject but they can't and won't just hire anyone for them.

    Then again, there are many computer lab jobs too.
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