Some students don’t have the luxury of waiting until they graduate to start working.
To help the students who need to work through college, universities will advertise that they have plenty of on-campus jobs. Nearby businesses also advertise to students, saying they’re willing to work around a difficult schedule.
What they don’t say is that there aren’t enough campus jobs for everyone.
Although conveniently located and flexible with student schedules, even on-campus jobs have their down sides.
If you do manage to snag one of those rare on-campus jobs, they usually don’t pay near enough to live off of.
With off -campus jobs, you can trade that convenience for more hours and better pay.
Yet, those are limited, especially when you’re competing with thousands of other students, including local high school students.
When it comes to off-campus jobs, a lot of the time the hours that they demand students to work are convenient for the business, not for the student and their class schedule.
For example, some places will get around classes by putting the student on night shift, which can be an eight to ten hour shift. A shift that long doesn’t leave a lot of time for sleep, homework, or self care.
Over time, that wears on a person’s mental and physical health, and can result in the student doing far worse in classes.
And there’s still the fact that even though we live in a college town, it doesn’t mean every company is willing to hire a student.
Students can’t work on demand and have limited availability, due to classes and other commitments. That can be a deterrent for hiring a college student, and one that’s hard to work around.
And often, one job isn’t enough. Students have to work two jobs, sometimes even three, to afford the rising costs of college.
That doesn’t mean that the job and money problems magically disappear once you graduate either.
Let’s say you get a bachelor’s degree, but your only work experience is a small job in the community or on campus. Even entry level jobs want applicants who already have years in the field, so those jobs are effectively useless in the long run.
We know the college can’t control what companies do. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still support us.
Emporia State needs to do a better job of providing all students, in all the different majors, access to jobs.
They could even create more jobs on campus that can be applicable to professional fields, rather than relying on students to simply run the front desk of departments.
We want to work. Help us get the experience required to put our expensive degrees to use.