Archive for Monday, August 7, 2006

Students find campus jobs suit them well

University positions offer understanding supervisors, flexible schedules

August 7, 2006

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Emily Bucher, Kansas University junior, answers questions about graphic design majors as she folds letters in the university art and design departments on Friday. Bucher has been a student employee for about a year, she said.

Emily Bucher, Kansas University junior, answers questions about graphic design majors as she folds letters in the university art and design departments on Friday. Bucher has been a student employee for about a year, she said.

No weekend work. No stress. Flexible scheduling.

Emily Bucher's part-time office job at Kansas University is a dream.

"I'm happy here," the KU junior said. "I think that I'm appreciated here."

Bucher, who works in the art and design departments, is one of the hundreds of KU students who look no farther than campus for work.

As the new academic year nears, many students will be scurrying for the coveted work where locations are convenient and the supervisors are generally understanding of student schedules and needs.

"They are pretty competitive," said Ann Hartley, associate director of the University Career Center. "You do have to be very persistent."

Students apply online at jobs.ku.edu. The ease of applying has likely boosted the number of applications, Hartley said. Last year, more than 27,000 applications came in for 1,430 jobs posted on the site.

Student jobs are available across campus. Students watch the front desks in the libraries and in administrative offices. They're in the galleries and ticket booths and behind the stage of theater performances. They write parking tickets and even help tow illegally parked cars.

Emily Bucher, Kansas University junior, folds letters Friday at her job on campus.

Emily Bucher, Kansas University junior, folds letters Friday at her job on campus.

And while some student workers might not perform up to par, generally they're a good group, said David Moore, field manager for parking and transit at KU.

"Some try to press it. For the most part, we've got a great core of students here," he said. "They go out and they do what we ask. They do their job and they're serious about it."

Hartley suggests students apply for as many jobs as they desire and are qualified for.

"It really is a numbers game," she said. "If you apply to enough, you'll find something."

KU is raising the minimum wage for the fall, upping the bottom figure from $6.50 to $7. Many schools in the Big 12, including Texas Tech University and Baylor University, don't set the bar above the federal minimum wage of $5.15.

KU's increase is a bonus for students like Bucher who already like their work.

"I've been here for a year now," she said. "So it's going well."

Comments

lovenhaight 8 years, 7 months ago

Yes, student jobs are flexible, but what about non-traditional students who can't really cut it on 7.00 an hour? It seems that Lawrence employers stop being interested in a potential hire when they hear the word "student".

1lawrencemom 8 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone have suggestions on where HIGH SCHOOL students can get jobs in Lawrence-off campus--that the college kids haven't already taken?

BS20 8 years, 7 months ago

Depends on what kind of job they want. Many stores do hire high school students. I for one did construction work clean up and maintenance after school for about 3 or 4 hours a day. Gave me a good 15 to 20 hours a week which is enough for any student that acutally studies. Of course, I recommend they do extra curricular activities instead of work, but if thats not possible due to financial obligations then the jobs are out there.

The_Twelve 8 years, 7 months ago

Yes, those u-jobs can be quite wonderful. Just hope that you don't get stuck with a boss who takes advantage of the system and tries to fire you or "quietly" shove you out of your position without due cause.

Students have recourse to little legal support on this campus, despite the existence of Legal Services. There is little support from the ombudsman, and absolutely no interest in your problem from the administration.

This amounts to tacit support of illegal or unfair practices by KU administrators.

My guess is that some of the employers on this campus graduated from the KU Business School, where the ethics taught must be "screw the employee and full greed ahead!"

Kyle Carter 8 years, 7 months ago

anonymous ljworld poster - yes, losers do work at micky d's and no they don't pay better. mcdonalds is mcminimum wage whereas campus jobs pay $7 an hour, which is respectable for a college kid.

lawrence mom - grocery stores, hy-vee especially, hire tons of high school kids. the trick is going in and talking to a manager in person rather than just putting in an application.

1lawrencemom 8 years, 7 months ago

Thanks, zigzag! I will suggest that to my daughter. She's very shy so talking to a manager will be a challenge but all part of the learning process.

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