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Working Words Of Wisdom

What it’s like to work for the university.

Finding a job as a college student isn’t always an easy task. No, we aren’t talking about landing that big boy job just yet, we are talking about the jobs that help pay some bills and perhaps provide some drinking money for the weekend.

With a solid chunk of your week being dedicated to being in the classroom as well as spending all that time studying you promised your mom you would do, your schedule for working is limited. If only employers understood your end goal of college is to not become the general manager of a Red Robin, rather, pursue your dreams in your degree field.

But if anyone understands your hectic schedule, it’s whoever is loading up that schedule for you. In this case, it’s the university, and working for them does alleviate that stress of finding a job that fits your schedule. Winter break coming up? Looks like you have the second half of December off until school starts back up again. Only available to work one day a week? That’s okay. The university reported it had employed 12,920 students in the 2017 Autumn Semester alone. We’re sure they can find someone to cover the days you can’t.

We found two students who have put in the hours of work with the university, and had them dish out all the details about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Maris Bucci | Former RPAC Employee | Communications

What did you do while you worked for the university?

For a semester I worked as member services assistant where I took membership IDs and greeted the patrons. For about a year I worked in the Sport Shop where I rented out and sold various athletic equipment to members. Lastly, for my last year as an employee I worked for the Welcome Center in the entry of the facility.

Are you still currently working?

No, I’m planning on applying for a new internship soon and want to focus on my postgrad endeavors.

What were the benefits of having a job through the university?

There are endless benefits! For my first three years of undergrad I had the opportunity to work for three different departments and four different Campus jobs. They helped me gained experience working with a community and gave me a better grip on what I want for my future.

Were there any cool perks that came with the job?

During the summer semester each employee was able to have access to a membership without meeting the criteria of regular members (i.e. having a certain amount of credit hours, paying for being a non-student). We were also regularly updated on what was going on in the RPAC and were able to market to the students on and off the clock.

What were the downsides of having a job through the university?

One major downside is when you spend so much time on campus studying, in clubs, and going to classes, you sometimes want a place to get away to for work or downtime. It’s convenient, but a change of scenery is nice too.

If you could do it all over again, would you work at the same place, or would you try to work somewhere else? 

I would absolutely work in the same place! There has never been a job more accommodating and with a friendly environment that I’ve enjoyed more than working for the RPAC. My coworkers and facilitators provided a fun and energetic work environment, even during slow summer days. My employers accommodated to my class and extra curricular schedules and were always fair about scheduling during breaks, holidays, or days you wanted off in general.

What advice would you give to any incoming freshman thinking about working through the university?

You have a lot of time to decide what you want to do with your life before graduation. Working for an institution in academia is beneficial in countless ways that improve your skill sets through the work you do and the preparation for your future careers. My last word of advice is to pick a job that will allow time for your studies and time for yourself. You’ll have your whole life to work after graduation, so enjoy college while you’re here.

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Alex Hulvalchick | Current Woody’s Tavern Employee | Journalism

What did you do while you were there?

While I was there I went from a regular employee to a lead and now I am a student manager planning on staying a semester beyond graduation.

What were the benefits of having a job through the university?

Having a job through the university makes it easy to work around class schedules and extracurricular activities. It’s also a great way of making friends with fellow students.

Were there any cool perks that came with the job?

If you work for dining you get a lot of free food. Also, sometimes when there’s events in the Union, VIPs will walk through the kitchen to avoid the general public. I’ve seen Urban that way.

What were the downsides of having a job through the university?

The one downside of having a job through the university means they limit your hours and you also can’t accept tips because you’re considered a state employee since OSU is a state school.

If you could do it all over again, would you work at the same place, or would you try to work somewhere else? 

I would most definitely work there again. I am honestly dreading having to leave. I love working there. I have made some of my very best friends through my job at Woody’s and the Market. When I came to OSU I was very wary of meeting new people but my job helped me meet some of the best people I have in my college years. I can’t imagine the past four years without the friendships I’ve made through university dining. They have truly become my family and I love every single one of them.

What advice would you give to any incoming freshman thinking about working through the university?

I would say go for it. There’s always a chance you won’t like it but I honestly think that it’s worth the risk. It’s a great opportunity and if you work hard and show initiative, people notice and will reward you for it.

1870 Staff

1870 Staff

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