Q: Hi Emily, I have been deciding on whether to get a job as a full time student. What should I consider when looking for a job?
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself when finding the right job is to find a job that works with your school schedule. You need to ensure from your work that they understand that you are a full-time college student and your first priority is school. I speak from experience when I say that not every job actually understands this. At my previous job, (we won’t name names) they would constantly schedule me to work a shift when I would be in class. After confronting them about it, I was told, “Well you can’t get everything you want, Emily.” That just didn’t work for me. In fact, you CAN get everything you want, you just have to stand up for yourself and go and search for a job that allows you to have school as your first priority.
A great way to ensure this is to apply for Work Study or Student Assist on campus! There are many jobs available that are all right on campus, which makes it easy and very convenient.
To be eligible for Work Study, you have to first fill out a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CMU will base your eligibility on financial need.
For those who don’t qualify for Work Study you still have options! Student Assist provides jobs through the school’s budget. An example of this is working Custodial for the Facilities Services on campus or as a Desk Attendant for a residence hall. For more information, click HERE.
A great benefit of Work Study or Student Assist is that not only do they work with your school schedule, they even have a maximum number of hours you can work during the school week so you don’t get overwhelmed. They make sure school is your first priority. After all, you are paying an ungodly amount for school, so if it’s not your first priority you need to stop and reevaluate.
There are also many other places off-campus that are always on the hunt for responsible, hard working college students. Job searching is very time consuming. You really have to make it a goal to go out everyday and apply to multiple places. Don’t just apply to five places and call it good. To find a job fast, you have to apply everywhere! Don’t limit yourself. I will go into more detail in my future columns about job searching and tips to land a job.
Remember to focus on your school responsibilities first and foremost and you will always be on the right path to success. Keep being a hard worker and you’ll find it pays off in more ways than one.
Emily White is a Junior at Colorado Mesa University majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Business.