College jobs provide you with lots of perks. From career exploration…to higher GPAs…to being more highly sought after by employers once you graduate.
At a recent CES Weekly Table, some of you shared your thoughts about your work experience. Your observations are insightful and sometimes hilarious:
Job: Coaching Sports
Liked: Flexibility with summer time
Disliked: Dealing with small children/teenagers!
Learned: Time management
Job: Information Center Assistant
Liked: Everything. My boss, my co-workers, the environment…
Disliked: That I’m graduating and can’t do it next year.
Learned: How to work in a team, communicate effectively, provide great customer service, and behave in a professional manner
Job: Church Pianist/Organist
Liked: Student-friendly hours—weekends and week nights
Learned: It pays to practice your instrument!
Job: Campus Tour Guide
Liked: Meeting prospective students
Disliked: Sometimes there are no tours scheduled, so I don’t get paid.
Learned: Communication/interview skills
Job: OT/PT Assistant
Liked: Working with kids
Disliked: Working with kids
Learned: On the balance, I don’t like working with kids.
Job: Library Circulation Desk
Liked: The people I work with
Disliked: Working early shifts
Learned: It’s my first job, so I’ve learned a lot, but mainly that I can succeed in the workplace.
Liked: It was chill.
Learned: How to caddy
Liked: Co-workers and free food
Disliked: The outfits
Learned: Customer service
Job: Farm Assistant
Liked: Working in the field
Disliked: It was really hot in Grandview Idaho last summer.
Learned: The importance of hard work
So, what have you gained through your work roles? If your knee-jerk response is “nothing,” pause to reconsider. Every job teaches you something, even if it’s “I never want to do that again!”
Want help filtering and translating your part-time job duties into marketable skills on your resume? CES can help you celebrate your college work experience!
© 2014 Career and Employment Services, University of Puget Sound
Photos of Puget Sound students at work: Ross Mulhausen