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Campus jobs provide students with money, learning experiences

Millersville Mascot Team Member: Kimberly Greene; My job is to wear a Skully the Parrot costume and perform at MU sporting events. I saw an advertisement in the new student orientation guide in August, and I got in contact with the team’s coordinator, Erika Styer. From there, we had an individual meeting discussing what the MU Mascot Team is all about. Then all of the applicants had an in-costume audition. The pay depends on which position you have—Skully, Marauder, or a spotter—and ranges from $10 to $25 an hour. The team usually has about 10 members who attend “creative meetings.” In these meetings, team members practice mascot skills like silent emotive expression and brainstorm skit ideas. It is a physically demanding job, but I get to have fun and get paid for it.
Millersville Mascot Team Member: Kimberly Greene; My job is to wear a Skully the Parrot costume and perform at MU sporting events. I saw an advertisement in the new student orientation guide in August, and I got in contact with the team’s coordinator, Erika Styer. From there, we had an individual meeting discussing what the MU Mascot Team is all about. Then all of the applicants had an in-costume audition. The pay depends on which position you have—Skully, Marauder, or a spotter—and ranges from $10 to $25 an hour. The team usually has about 10 members who attend “creative meetings.” In these meetings, team members practice mascot skills like silent emotive expression and brainstorm skit ideas. It is a physically demanding job, but I get to have fun and get paid for it.

Not only are we feeling the crunch that comes with the end of a semester, but as college students, many of us are also feeling the financial crunch. Not only do we have to place focus and priority on academics, but we also have to deal with student bills, loans, and this mess we call financial aid.

Often we find that budgeting finances while enrolled in college is more stressful than that pile of papers, projects, presentations, and sleepless nights spent awake studying. Sure, we could sit in a circle and gripe about how unfair and stressful life can be, but why not take the activists point of view and do something. Take action and lighten that load you are bearing and work part-time at an on campus job.

Students at Millersville who are looking for part-time work on campus have plenty of options when it comes to job searching. The positions offered at MU include, but are not limited to, secretarial jobs within specific departments, peer health educators, lifeguards, recreational positions working as referees or coaches, food services working as a server or cashier, landscaping, and mail delivery. Wellness & Women’s Program also offers positions to empower peers through educational programs and presentations.

Technology Help Desk Telephone Operator: William Killian; My job is to field all the calls from classrooms, faculty, and staff regarding emergency computer and technological issues. I also go and correct the classroom technology problems and take care of the lab computers and printers. If you are interested in a similar job, go to the Students Working to Advance Technology portion of the University website and apply. Entry wage is slightly above minimum wage, but you can get periodic raises and can advance to the Safety Net team that deals with student computers or the Desktop Support team that helps faculty with their office computers. I love the people I work with—the environment is so friendly and laid back, but it is sometimes difficult to deal with frustrated callers.
Technology Help Desk Telephone Operator: William Killian; My job is to field all the calls from classrooms, faculty, and staff regarding emergency computer and technological issues. I also go and correct the classroom technology problems and take care of the lab computers and printers. If you are interested in a similar job, go to the Students Working to Advance Technology portion of the University website and apply. Entry wage is slightly above minimum wage, but you can get periodic raises and can advance to the Safety Net team that deals with student computers or the Desktop Support team that helps faculty with their office computers. I love the people I work with—the environment is so friendly and laid back, but it is sometimes difficult to deal with frustrated callers.

If considering employment on-campus, check out the College Central Network online.

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Margo Sassaman, Director of Career Services, discussed steps to beginning an on-campus search:

  1. Go to: Career Services
  2. Click on: “Part and Full-time Jobs for Students/Alumni”
  3. Click on: the “Student” icon and either “Register Now” if you’re new to MUCCN; or “Log in at Student Central” and enter your ID and password if you have previously completed the registration information.
  4. Next, click on “Search for Jobs/Opportunities Posted to My School.” Type “Millersville University” in the company name and scroll down to “Job Location” and click “On Campus.”
  5. Under “Job Types” click “Part-time” and click the “Begin Search” bar.

The CCN has been recently implemented in 2008, and not many professors and administrators know of its abilities and question the intense amount of traffic the site receives. It is a goal of Career Services, Sassaman said, “To inform and encourage the use of the CCN.”

The network allows students to access all positions that are currently being offered on campus. Through the program, students may also upload their resume and apply electronically.

Students may have a set work-study budgeted into your financial aid package. If those students get a job on campus, their pay comes out of that money that was set aside. The department they work for may or may not have room within their own budget to keep them employed. Once their work-study money runs out, their pay comes directly out of that department’s budget. Some students without a work-study factored into their personal financial aid package, they may get hired for a job on campus, but their pay will come directly out of the employer’s budget. Some departments have the money to hire non-work-study students, but others may not.

Some jobs have opportunities for raises within the different positions. Many of the jobs begin at the minimum wage rate, but vary. However, each position is different. A raise is something that must be submitted and approved by the student payroll office. They review the position, the duties, and the expertise needed for that particular position and determine if a raise is appropriate at that time. Employers submit their proposition to give a student a pay raise, and if approved by student payroll, then that student will recieve.

Millersville students should consider getting a job on campus for many reasons. Employers will have a tendency to be very flexible with work hours and making necessary adjustments around test dates and presentations. Millersville employers we understand that academics come before work. Working for Millersville will help establish new contacts and make connections. Working as a student employee is a great way to build contacts for future endeavors in the real world. Working on campus will not have to worry about transportation, and therefore will not have to spend their hard earned money on gas.

Now you have all of the tools and knowledge necessary to make a change. Millersville University has so much to offer its students’ but we just do not always get the chance to see it.

Take a moment to reflect, and if you find yourself job searching in the near future, be sure to visit the College Central Network to browse through the current on-campus openings.