From Unemployed to Over Employed
have always been raised to work for everything you want in life.
Because of this, I have always had a job since I was 14. When I came
to college, I didn’t want this to be any different. I just expected
that work was going to fit right into my life like it did at home. It
was a little more difficult than that.
was used to having the same job from ages 14-19 and hadn’t had to look
for one or apply for one in awhile. I came to RIT and expected to just
get a job especially since I was allowed to do work-study. This wasn’t
exactly the case. I went my entire Fall Quarter of freshman year
without a job. It wasn’t until I saw a flyer and actually went looking
for a job that I acquired one. See the problem is that almost EVERYONE
around campus is also looking for a job, be it to make a little extra
for spending on the weekends, or to have a job to put on their resume.
I had found an opportunity, I realized it was rare and I had to go
after it. The flyer was for intramural sports referees and I was
interested in refereeing volleyball, a sport I used to play. After
tracking down Brennan, the intramural supervisor, I found that they
hardly ever turn people away and that I was guaranteed hours and a
low-stress job. This was an awesome first on-campus job because I got
to basically pick my hours and get some homework done because of the
number of referees that work a shift. Yes, it was only $7.25 an hour,
but I didn’t have a car and I wasn’t spending much money so ANY money I
made was GREAT!
currently still work as a referee and have met a lot of great people,
but I had a friend who got a job in the Admissions office and it sounded
like a great opportunity. It took a year of applying and applying at
the right time, oh and NETWORKING, to finally get a job in admissions.
to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally,
especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position (from
will be a term you will get absolutely SICK of hearing at RIT, but for a
good reason. I probably would have never gotten the job in admissions
without knowing some people who worked there to tell me when to apply or
to put in the good word. It is a good skill to acquire and a skill
that you WILL acquire at RIT. So meet people, put yourself out there,
and show people what you got! Networking won’t make the job come to
you, but it will make getting the job a little easier.
(Oh and most jobs give you a free uniform aka t-shirt)