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From Unemployed to Over Employed

(October 02 2010) Written by: Megan Chapman

I 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.

I 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.  

Once 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!

I 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.  

Networking- to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position (from dictionary.com)

This 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.

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(Oh and most jobs give you a free uniform aka t-shirt)

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