Making ends meet at university can be tough. By the end of term, a lot of students wait for the next instalment of their student loan, and collate their spare change to use the washing machines. If you’re one of those people, who struggle towards the end of term, then maybe you should consider getting a campus job. As well as the usual excellent benefits – like building up your employment experience and being able to afford a more comfortable student lifestyle – here are some other perks of working on campus:
1. Variety of roles
If you’re at a campus university, you’ll probably find that there are plenty of amenities and services all offering a range of different roles for students. Check out your university’s website and jobsite, and you might find anything from library assistant roles to work in the campus bars and supermarkets. Some universities might need part-time dishwashers or porters, or you might find admin work within a subject department. Some universities will also pay their students to be ambassadors on campus open days, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to give a guided tour, this is definitely something to look into. With so much work going into keeping your campus running, you’re bound to find something to suit your interests and help you build your skills.
2. Short commute
Think about it. If you live on campus, and you work in the university library, how far do you have to roll out of bed in the morning? This isn’t about sleeping in for longer though, although it’s a nice feature: this is about saving you money. If you don’t have to commute to your new part-time job, you’re going to save money on travel costs, which means that really, a campus job will help you earn more in the long run.
3. Make connections
If you get a part-time job at your university, you’ll get to know your campus better than most. Everyone from first years to professors will probably pop by at some point, since you work somewhere so central. If you work in the campus bar, you’ll have the chance to meet more of your fellow students, and make new connections. If you work in the library, you can impress passing lecturers with your work ethic and professional attitude.
4. Give something back to your campus
It’s easy to complain about what’s wrong with your university, or to go through your whole degree without contributing anything to campus life. If you take a campus job, though, you can fix that. If you’re not happy with the service in the campus bars, take a job as a bartender and impress everyone with your communication skills. If you can’t get enough help from staff in the library, a part-time job will help other students find the books they need. Whatever you can contribute will help you gain experience, but it’ll also help other students make the most of their own time at university, so everyone will be better off for it.
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