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Campus Employment

wilkins012wilkins012 22 replies1 threads New Member
edited February 2012 in Amherst College
Hey, I was wondering if any current/former students could tell me about the employment atmosphere on campus. Is there a lot of competition among students to get a job, particularly among Federal Work Study recipients? Are there any "best jobs" and "worst jobs" on campus? When should I start looking for a campus job, shortly before or after I arrive on campus?
edited February 2012
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  • wilkins012wilkins012 22 replies1 threads New Member
    Oh, come on you guys :)
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  • kwukwu 4743 replies16 threads Senior Member
    FWS recipients are given preference in hiring for on-campus employment, but you do need to hustle and reach out.

    The best jobs are Campus Center Manager, desk gigs at any of the libraries. Arguably, Resident Counselor and Tour Guide, but those require character and charisma.

    Research Assistantships, but those depend on the professor in question. You may have to commit a lot of time and effort to building rapport and trust, or you could just ask and receive.

    The "worst job?" Most gigs at Valentine Dining Hall, if only because one has to do manual labor, such as wiping tables, stacking chairs, washing dishes, vacuuming grounds (oh, the horror, etc.).
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  • wilkins012wilkins012 22 replies1 threads New Member
    Thank! Yea, I'm trying to NOT get a job at Val. Do you know anything about any of the tutoring positions, like those at the little red schoolhouse?
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  • kwukwu 4743 replies16 threads Senior Member
    The Little Red Schoolhouse: Contact Us

    Dunno. As I said, you need to hustle and reach out.

    Peer Tutoring, you need to talk to the professor teaching the course in question--after you've aced it, of course.
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  • so_statickkso_statickk 23 replies0 threads New Member
    Other campus options are lab/lecture TA positions for Econ, Math, Bio/Chem/Physics, and Geo classes. Obviously, you'd have to have done well in whichever class (usually the intro classes) to be considered. Homework graders for problem sets are also other positions.

    Apart from those, there are student jobs in the Mead Art Museum as well as the Geo Museum, Chem stockroom, as well as jobs in the career center, MRC (Multicultural Resource Center), Admissions, etc.

    Usually it takes at least some initiative on your part, but even without work study you should be able to find some sort of job.
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  • minoafrauminoafrau 438 replies81 threads Member
    Consider whether the placement allows you to "study on the job." D has friends with jobs in the mail room and working the desk at the rec center. One is conducive to studying while you work; the other clearly is not.
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  • so_statickkso_statickk 23 replies0 threads New Member
    Also, for tutoring there's America Reads/Counts, as well as ABC Tutoring and other programs offered through the CCE (Center for Community Engagement) if that's what you're interested in.
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  • webtechadswebtechads 9 replies0 threads New Member
    Getting a job on the campus is fierce and a lot of times the upperclassmen hold up a lot of positions so there isn't a great deal of work you can get.

    As the poster above me said: You have to hustle!

    Having the mentality of saying you won't work at Valentine, not saying that anyone would want to work there, is going to dilute your options. Especially when you have to study, it will be cumbersome to find work if you are choosy.

    How many hours would you be looking for BTW?
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  • wilkins012wilkins012 22 replies1 threads New Member
    Thanks everyone!
    @webtichads ugh, I worked in a fast food place once, i hate working with food. I'm going to try to avoid Val haha. As far as hours go, around 10/wk I would say. Just enough to earn some pocket money, ya know? I'm not necessarily looking for a job where I could study, like the library. I actually really want to be a tutor :) As long as I can interact with people and won't be bored to tears I'll be happy :)
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