Advantages / Disadvantages
In addition to earning income to help with the cost of education student employment opportunities, including internships, offer the opportunity to develop new skills and enhance existing skills. It also provides the opportunity to enhance the resume. Below are some of the benefits of working on campus.
- Provides a learning opportunity that contributes to and often times complements the academic and career goals of the student.
- Provides the opportunity to develop an employment history and learn essential skills that are at the foundation of employment, including but not limited to communication, team work, time management, cooperation, and punctuality.
- Provides the opportunity to explore career options through work experiences.
- Opportunity to make valuable connections with professionals in their desired field.
- Work opportunities on campus contribute to the communiversity and develop a sense of community and belonging for the student.
- Students are provided with the opportunity to develop and refine key skills that will help them with career success in the future, including but not limited to meeting expectations, goal attainment, interviewing, training, hiring, supervising, customer relations, and working with others and at times the public.
- Opportunity to include experiences into a professional resume.
- Develop and enhance transferable skills:
- Communication Skills – participating and facilitating discussions; clear, effective, and persuasive speaking; articulation of ideas; listening; reporting; feedback; writing; negotiating; and non-verbal communication.
- General Work Skills – good work ethic, positive attitude, time management, desire to learn, willingness to be trained, goal attainment (including setting deadlines), implement policy and decisions, organization, responsibility, and attention to detail.
- Critical Thinking Skills – problem identification and solutions, utilization of resources, goal attainment, exploration and identification of needs, idea formulation, gathering information, planning, and data analysis.
- Supervisory Skills – schedule management, conflict resolution, decision making, mentoring, teaching, coordinate, and group and detail management.
The priority is education and it can be difficult to balance academic and work demands. Those students who work should make sure they are limiting their hours to 20 hours per week and be open and honest with their supervisors about the educational demands.