“So… what is the deal with campus jobs?”
A campus job is a great way to get work experience: I am an Information Technology major, therefore, I would get a job at SUNY Cobleskill’s ITS Help Desk, so that I can gain work experience. It is a good way to get connections for friendships, and for potential job opportunities.
“Yes, but, don’t you not have time to focus on studies?”
A lot of the times, if you get the right campus job, your school work and your job start to blend together, and you can utilize your “on the job” experience with schoolwork. The opposite will happen with your job, you will be able to make more connections to homework, retaining the information better.
“Well, that sounds okay, but if the only thing I do is work and school, will I make friends?”
Actually, you make some great friends, you are doing everything together. I have had a multitude of jobs, and in all of them, the friends that you make at these jobs have even more of a connection with you… you do a shift with someone for a semester, you will get to know them very well!
“I think I see… what jobs have you had on campus?”
I have worked at the ITS Help Desk, I have been the Assistive Technology Tutor, and I am currently both a Student Ambassador, and an RA. In all of these jobs, I have learned something, and also made connections with people that I normally either would not have met, or have made a great support system for myself. All the supervisors that I have had and currently have are extremely helpful, and friendly.
“So, are you saying that a campus job helps me learn?”
Yes! Between the job potentially letting you have hands on experience with your major, i.e. Culinary major working at one of the school cafe’s, so that student could get experience making food, or serving, etc. So that student just learning how to make the food, interpersonal skills, how to speak to a supervisor. If the student ever needed to write an email to a supervisor, the student would learn how to write a personal email. The best part is that you will have a supervisor to fall back on, as well as the professors. I personally have my supervisor for the RA position, who is really good for interpersonal skills, and teaching how to balance work and the RA lifestyle, I have a supervisor for Student Ambassadorship (really, the whole staff) who are all good at helping me see my potential; never giving me more than I can handle, but always showing me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. I still have great connections to the ITS Helpdesk and Tutoring, in CASE. My former ITS supervisor is great for getting life advice, and career advice! My former supervisors for Tutoring are all great for teaching me work formality, to forms and professional communication, to showing me that, again, I can do whatever I really put my mind to.
I am very happy with my decision about working on the SUNY Cobleskill campus!2014-01-11