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pros and cons of working at a university?

ixfd64ixfd64 Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
I finished school about two years ago, and I've been considering a university job lately. Right off the top of my head, I could think of a few pros and cons:

Pros

1. Numerous social opportunities with people that are around my age
2. Able to attend certain campus events
3. Staff discounts when enrolling in courses
4. Reduced workload (if not time off) during academic breaks

Cons

1. Pay isn't that high compared to companies (although salary isn't my main concern)
2. Fewer opportunities to develop new skills (except when working as research staff)

Am I missing anything else?

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Danny
University of California, Berkeley '09 (B.S.)
St. Mary's College of California '10 (M.S.)
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Replies to: pros and cons of working at a university?

  • ixfd64ixfd64 Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    323 views and no replies?

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    Danny
    University of California, Berkeley '09 (B.S.)
    St. Mary's College of California '10 (M.S.)
  • terencterenc Posts: 1,127Registered User Senior Member
    Only you know what the job is actually about. Are we going to tell you something about a job that we have no exposure to?

    Up to you to weigh the social/enjoyment factors vs. future career factors.
  • ixfd64ixfd64 Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    I was talking about working at a university in general.

    I don't have any specific jobs in mind, although I'm leaning towards something IT-related (software engineer, system administrator, etc.).

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    Danny
    University of California, Berkeley '09 (B.S.)
    St. Mary's College of California '10 (M.S.)
  • NovaLynnxNovaLynnx Posts: 1,255Registered User Senior Member
    You may also receive tuition discounts if you decide to further your education or see a few interesting courses you'd like to take.

    Many offer excellent benefits, which can offset lesser salaries.

    Depending on the position it can lead to other job opportunities in different offices around campus, so there can certainly be job growth. Also, the networking opportunities since you are less likely to just sit in an office all day like you might at a corporation.

    Just a few that came to my mind.
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