I’d like to take a moment to brag on my favorite college coffee shop! It will be my main example as I talk about job opportunities for students that are located right on campus!
Blue Hill Coffee & Tea Co. is a student run coffee shop located on Southern Wesleyan University’s campus. Blue Hill is the beloved provider of what most college students consider fuel to get through the day: coffee. Although it is typically more expensive than the average gallon of gas- it’s worth every sip as you work through that 8 page paper that is due at midnight. The college students of Southern Wesleyan come by Blue Hill every day to chat with friends, grab a muffin, or try a new coffee brew.
What most people would not know just from looking at this charming coffee shop is that the entire store is student run. Every barista is a student, and even the managers are students! This is just one example of how Southern Wesleyan and other colleges now provide students with opportunities to work on campus during the academic year.
The Difference Between Blue Hill Positions & Other Student Jobs
Positions such as those provided by Blue Hill are in a different category of student jobs on campus. They involve more interactions with a variety of people, while other student jobs typically limit you to a select group of people you work with. These encounters at Blue Hill have a shorter time span because of the amount of time it takes to order, prepare their order, and give the customer their items. This adds more pressure to the customer service attitude that goes into every drink at Blue Hill. The managers especially emphasize to the baristas that they only have an average of 5 minutes of the customers time to make a good impression on them; 5 MINUTES! At other student jobs on campus you generally will find that you have much more time to interact and communicate with others (because there is no rush to move on to the next person).
More often than not, students do not take advantage of these opportunities because they do not know the job exists or because they do not have more information. When visiting and applying for colleges (or if you are already enrolled in school) you should definitely ask about the work opportunities around campus! Small jobs like these are likely to be available for you:
- Faculty Assistant
- Maintenance Worker
- Barista (for coffee shops)
- Cafeteria Workers
- Tutor for specific subjects
- Library Assistant
- Tour Guide
- & MORE!
These jobs at Southern Wesleyan University are known as work studies. They are built to accommodate students needs based on their class schedule, athletic schedule, and interests! At SWU, students can work 5-6 hours a week at each job. This may seem like a small amount of time if you are use to 20+ hours, but as a college student it is important to focus on academics as much as possible. These hours are flexible and are not completed in one day, but instead are spread out across the week for the student. This means that you can work 1-2 hours in between classes, before class, or after a sports practice. If the limited hours still bothers you, try to find work studies or campus jobs that offer a few more hours (10+) or pick up more than one job!
BENEFITS TO WORKING/INTERNING ON CAMPUS:
- For international students who do not have the legal paperwork to work off campus, this would be a great opportunity!
- Working on campus allows you to make connections with individuals that will have more time to develop while you earn your degree. This is something you should pay attention to, because knowing (and working for) faculty and staff on your college campus can open doors to jobs that might not have been available to you before.
- Your boss will care about your academic conditions. This means that when working on campus, your employer understands that you are a student (they likely even know your course load and major) so they are willing to be flexible to suit your education needs! You will not find this quality at hardly any other jobs that are not on campus! Even if you are not a straight A student, this characteristic is necessary if you plan to play sports too!
So as you step into college, look out for opportunities to work on campus! This is an easy way to get a head start to gaining experience and beginning your future career!
Proverbs 12:1 (NIV)
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.