Job or No Job?

I’ve been getting quite a few questions about getting jobs on campus, so I thought it would be very beneficial if I posted about it and shared it with everyone! So here’s the question:

Should I get a job in college?

You have several options which is the great thing. When I was a freshman, I decided NOT to get a job. Why? I truly wanted to transition into college and did not want to worry about other commitments. I wanted to make sure I could handle managing my time as well. All in all, I am happy I didn’t have a job, I just focused on making the first year a great experience!

But when it came to sophomore year, I not only wanted a job, but needed one. In the beginning of every academic year, Hope hosts a “Work Fair.” There, you can apply for on-campus jobs, including being office assistants, mailroom workers, or library workers. Don’t worry, though, there are many more jobs than that. It’s really a great opportunity to be able to communicate with on-campus employers! It is important to note that for the Work Fair, work-awarded students through the Financial Aid office will have priorities on those jobs. Once those jobs are filled, they are distributed to everyone else.

There are other awesome opportunities for jobs. Hope has a job posting site called JobStop where they list on and off campus jobs which is very beneficial. For some jobs on campus, professors or faculty will ask you to do a job, or apply for one! An example is a TA (teaching assistant) position. I had the opportunity to apply for a TA position my sophomore and have been one ever since! And I also applied through JobStop to this position of a student blogger!

Ultimately, jobs during school are beneficial. It’s really up to you when you want to start. There are plenty of jobs available too. Some people have jobs so they can pay their tuition money, some have them for spending money, and there are some folks who do both! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Hope this helps!

Published by Marvin Solberg

Greetings! My name is Marvin Solberg and my hometown is Traverse City, Michigan. I am a Hope College senior studying nursing, and aspire to obtain my Ph.D. in nursing research with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. At Hope College, I am involved in Student Activities Committee (SAC), Student Blogging at Admissions, Ballet and Hip-Hop Club, Hope College Immersion Trips, and I am a nursing teaching assistant (TA)! I love God, my family, and friends. There's truly no place like Hope College; I call it my home away from home!

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