Finding Employment on Campus
College is all about obtaining a job. That is what you are here for, it is what you came to do. But that does not exclude you from finding another opportunity on campus to assist in paying for any expenses you might have. I spent most of my first year looking for the perfect job, not realizing how easy it really is.
Currently, I hold three jobs – I am an events manager at the College Activities Board, I am a tour guide for IGM, and I also hold an off-campus job at LOFT, a retail clothing store. I know it sounds like a lot (and it really is honestly), but if you manage your time well, having a single job is easy. Personally, Google Calendar is my best friend, and I also put all my homework assignments on specific days when I know I have time to work on them.
A big part of having a job on campus is time management. Many jobs require that you work around ten hours per week, and you should hold to that commitment. For example, if you become a Teaching Assistant, not only do you have to be in the class, but you have to do a lot of the grading. If that is six hours of class time, then there is at least four hours of additional work, if not more. But do not feel dissuaded from having a job! You will definitely have the time for this, especially during your first year.
At RIT, we provide so many opportunities for students to find on-campus employment. Simply google “RIT on campus jobs” to start your search. It is divided into nine sections where you can look under each heading for specific jobs. For example, if you wanted to be a tutor, you would click academic section. What is really nice about this is that you are given the position summary, skills required, skills preferred, and how to apply. This system is incredibly easy to use, and most of the time is especially effective in finding positions.
Besides the Student Employment website, there are also other, somewhat random, jobs. For example, when Student Government needs a replacement, they send an announcement through the Message Center. Actually, that is how I started working at CAB. Because a lot of people turn off the Message Center through their email, a lot of opportunities are missed.
So my advice for those looking for jobs on campus – always check your email, and look at the SEO website for opportunities. Don't ever be discouraged if you don't get the job, because there is always something out there.