Getting a job on campus

Money, money, money! No, I’m not singing the lyrics of an ABBA song, I’m pointing out what a lot of university students are lacking. Cash! Sure, the idea that students are always broke may be an overused cliché. But, let’s be honest, how false is this generalisation?

At the beginning of my degree, I was living off fast food restaurant wages, which meant a big spend didn’t come around too often. But at that stage in my life I didn’t really need money, I needed time. With assignments burying me into a deep, dark hole, I needed a job that was flexible and would fit around me and my workload.

I was lucky enough to score a job working on campus.

In my first year of uni I was slightly judgemental of the people who, in my mind, ‘lived and breathed university.’ You know those people that are basically shoving pamphlets down your throat, yelling at you to save one group, attend this rally or trying to get you to vote for someone you’ve never met – yeah them! But, looking at it now from the opposite side, these people actually were being smart and thinking ahead.

Working for a university was the best job I’ve ever had.

In some way I am a chronic job changer. In a period of two years I have worked at eight different places. But, the uni was definitely the job that ticked all the boxes. Decent pay, nice workplace and flexible, really awesome people. What more could you ask for?

Two-and-half years of working at a uni, all while studying, gave me more skills than someone who had completed a degree and was trying to find their way in the real working world.  When I said that those ‘uni-loving’ people thought ahead, take a second to think about their resume and then take a look at yours. If you want to get yourself ready for a life after university then start now in a professional workplace.

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I understand that uni students do an amazing job at the check-out, or asking if someone wants fries with that. But, when an employer is hiring who do you think they’re more likely to choose: candidate A, who worked two years at their local grocery store;  or candidate B, who helped organise events, tutor fellow students and helped the student community? So, get ready now and prepare yourself for a life after university. Because it’s a sad reality when you walk away after graduation with a resumé of nothing more than a couple of short internships and a few years of food service.

It’s really as simple as heading to your university’s website and taking a look at the career section. There you’ll find loads of employment. Put aside your biases and really look at each opportunity as a chance to boost your chances for a future career path. There are plenty of opportunities out there on your campus, so check it out and give it a go. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Guest Blogger: Bradley is an over-excited and sometimes charismatic journalism graduate from UTS. He enjoys talking people’s ears off and taking #selfies – you can connect with Brad here – Instagram: BRADBIRNIE, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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