23 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2013 9:45 AM by Erik Oswald RSS

On-Campus job

Bridget Runner
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My son will be starting his second year at MSOE as a ME and is thinking of applying for an on-campus job.  Any input??  What if it becomes too much for him, can he opt out?

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    Ryan Cefalu

    Bridget, I have been at MSOE for four years now and I have had an on-campus job since my Freshman summer. MSOE's on-campus jobs are perfect for students and allow flexible scheduling, nine times out of ten the supervisor or boss has knowledge of how difficult and overwhelming MSOE can get. In turn, they are very understanding and relaxed when it comes to scheduling. I have never felt that an on campus job was a lot to handle, and I am sure he will not have an issue.

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    Ryan Cefalu

    Although the site doesn't say that it is for the newest school year, those jobs are for this school year. If you navigate into the 2012-2013 academic year and look at the various postings you will find that they were posted this summer.

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    Judy Prest

    School should always be your sons number one priority!

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    Patrick Van Handel

    He can always opt out if it becomes too overwhelming! However, most jobs are extremely flexible.

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    There are also more temporary positions on campus, where departments need student help for just a few hours/days/weeks. He will receive notifications via email/Hub about such opportunities. Have a great day!

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    Coral Baehne

    The best part of on-campus jobs is that the faculty and staff know a lot about our course load and schedules so they are very flexible and willing to accommodate for students' schedules to make things work. 

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    Barinderpal Singh

    Hey Bridget, If your son wants flexible job then tell him to become a "LRC Tutor". I am tutoring for the past 3 years with my own set hours.

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    Karl Barth

    I am also a tutor and I agree with Barinderpal Singh about the flexibility of the hours. They have various drop-in centers still available to work with. Additionally, your son can be a one-on-one tutor and meet with students at a time available for them both.

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    Janelle Leafblad

    My favorite work-study job was a student helper in the department office of my program.  This way I got to know all of the professors and support staff very well and I felt like I had a finger on the pulse of the program.  An interesting side-benefit was that it was my job to post the summer internship openings - what a great way to see the broad range of opportunities available!

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    Erika Kuznia

    Bridget, I've been a student worker for the past 3 years at MSOE. I just wanted to join in the conversation to reiterate A) how important it is that school comes first (I made that mistake) and B) what an awesome opportunity it has been for me.

     

    I've worked at the CCID desk and in the Environmental Health and Safety department. The CCID desk was a great job because it allowed me to study/work on homework while I was on the job. Working in the EHS department has been more like an internship and I haven't been able to do homework on the job. I think the most important thing in looking for an on campus job is making sure that you know what kind of position you want (the ability to do school work when there's nothing else to do or having flexible hours, etc).

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    I have 15 students workers on my help desk staff and school work is the reason they are here.  If additional time is needed during the quarter to complete school work, I will adjust their hours downward.  I have also allowed students to take the whole quarter off to complete senior design projects.

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    Sarah Rowell

    Hi Bridget,

    My name is Sarah and I do much of the hiring for the MSOE Walter Schroeder Library.

     

    Tip: Before applying, be sure to have your son read the job's requirements thoroughly. That can save him some extra time and trouble.

     

    Flexibility: Campus employers, perhaps more than those in the public sector, understand that the students are here first and foremost to be students. I try to work with our student employees when we create their schedules for the quarter and often if it turns out there is a shift they can't cover, I will help them find another library student worker who can. This allows our workers a little wiggle room when it comes to team meetings, projects, and the occasional trip home.

     

    Opting out: Yes, students can do that. We regularly lose student employees to internships and other opportunities. From the employer's perspective, having some advance notice is greatly appreciated as hiring a new student will likely be required.

     

    Most jobs on campus are for about 10 hours per week, an amount that many students can work with (if you'll forgive the pun).

     

    I hope this helps.

     

    Best wishes,

    Sarah Rowell

    MSOE Walter Schroeder Library

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    Bridget Runner

    Thank you  for all the input!!  I don't exactly understand what "work study" is but Im pretty sure my son doesn't qualify.   With that said, what are the chances that he would find one of these wonderful on-campus jobs?  It's not even really about the money, but just getting him out and about.  He spends most of his time in his dorm on his studies (which isn't a bad thing) but I would think it's also important to be involved and to meet other students not in his field and staff as well. 

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    Barinderpal Singh

    Hi Bridget, you are absolutely correct about meeting other students and staff members in msoe. Getting an on campus job could be easy as filling out a 'survey form' or it could be tough depending on how many other students apply to that particular job.

     

    If your son likes studying a lot (good) then I highly recommend him becoming any kind of tutor. One of the major reason I became a tutor so that I can be subject matter expert on smaller scale. In my case, I still remember lot of stuff from my 2010 courses because I am tutoring those courses to other students to expand my knowledge and learn new stuff from them. As of today, I am still using that knowledge in my internship to do my work. He will get the opportunity to work with wide variety of students and get to know professors from his/her point of view. In addition, his communication skills will improve after explaining a project or concept to group of students who might understand things differently.

     

    If he can tutor chemistry/physics courses then he can easily get a job in LRC as long as his grades are above B average.

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    Hali Peterson

    I am also curious about finding an on campus job. I will be an incoming freshman who does not qualify for work-study jobs. I have been told that finding a job is still easy, but all the postings either require work-study qualifications or a strong computer background (which I very much lack). I do very much need a job or I will not be able to stay at MSOE. Can anybody offer any suggestions? I already have credit for calc 1 and 2 and would love to tutor. How does one start something like that?    

    • Re: On-Campus job
      Erik Oswald

      Hi Hali,

       

      If an on-campus job is not an option because you do not qualify for work-study, there are options off campus.  We (the Career Services Office) do not necessarily recommend that you do an off-campus internship during your first year (summer after is fine), but many students find opportunities with local parking companies (either as valets or as parking garage attendants) as well as with local hotels.  While jobs like those may not be quite as flexible as an on-campus job, they could offer flexible hours and the opportunity to do homework if things are slow.

       

      Feel free to stop by our office (3rd floor of the CC building) when you get to campus and check for any opportunities that have been sent to us.