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Archive for Saturday, August 17, 1991

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August 17, 1991

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Kansas University students looking to make a few bucks during the academic year can start their search on the first floor of Strong Hall.

There they'll find a job bulletin board, listing hundreds of part-time jobs available on and off the campus.

"I would guess there are anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 students working on campus," says Julie Cooper, assistant director of KU's Student Employment Center-College Work Study programs.

Cooper, whose office is across the corridor from the bulletin board, says the board lists both federally funded work study jobs and regular hourly jobs.

August, she said, is a busy time ``. . . because employees will be looking for students. The end of each semester and the beginning of each semester, including in the summer, are usually busy, when they're looking for people."

Cooper said she encourages students to work on campus, rather than take off-campus jobs, for several reasons.

"THEY GET to become part of the university community," she said. "They get into a position where they are working with people who are dealing with many of the same problems."

Cooper said the estimated 4,000 to 5,000 students who work on campus hold a variety of jobs. She said KU's housing department and university libraries have hundreds of student workers.

"And just about every office on campus has at least one student working in it," she said.

On-campus positions must be advertised on the job board for at least three working days so students have adequate time to apply before the positions are filled, she said.

"Every student hourly position on campus must be advertised on the board to give students a fair chance," she said. Some of the departments may do their own bulletin board advertising, she said.

Cooper said her office also works with some off-campus employers. Those include people are are looking for a student to provide some type of service such as yard work, babysitting or housecleaning, she said.

"Those seem to be the people that are the most happy with the students they are getting," he said. "Places like the fast food and some of the retail occasionally advertise with us, but not a great deal. They don't find it the most efficient way for them."

SHE SAID positions are usually advertised on the job board for a maximum of two weeks before they are removed.

Job opportunities for students cover a range of areas.

"Some of the professors have research assistants," she said. "A student might work in purchasing or with the comptroller or do some accounting work."

Students also might find work at the university's computer center and do data entry or computer programming, she said.

"A student could work in our office and interview students for getting jobs on campus," she said. "A student might do something as simple as filing."

SINCE OFFICES rely so much on student help, students often are doing very skilled kinds of jobs, she said.

"Most offices rely on students to answer phones, greet people coming in, handle incoming mail or maybe do typing or data entry," she said. "The variety is pretty wide."

She said that many students who have had jobs such as babysitting, lawn mowing or working in fast-food restaurants get their first office jobs at KU.

"A lot of time when I visit with students, we will talk about what actual skills they use," she said. "They come in and say `All I've ever done is work in fast food, I don't know how to do anything.'"

But she will show the student that even fast-food jobs have helped them gain skills in counting money or dealing with the public, she said.

Cooper's office sponsors a job fair in the fall, which is an opportunity for students and on-campus employers to meet once a year.

THIS FALL'S Job Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 in the Kansas Union's main lobby.

"Whether they have a lot of jobs or not, it's an opportunity for employers to let students know where they are," Cooper said. "Many of the smaller employers might be overlooked by students when they are hunting or might not be appreciated in the same way have a chance to make themselves known."

Working on campus is beneficial to students, she said.

"It keeps them in this community of students," she said. "We want to encourage at least freshmen and sophomores to work on campus. . . . Work opportunities on campus give students an opportunity to meet people they might not meet otherwise."

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