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Wright State University offers a plethora of options for paid work, and while students may be paid less than other off-campus jobs, students find college jobs to be convenient and help them develop useful skills. .
According to Career Services, WSU has historically held a student employment pool of 1,600 students each year. These positions range from tutor at the writing center to lab assistant for statistics.
WSU is also unique in that it pays student leaders, some of whom are students who work in the Coordinating Nine student organizations. One such organization is the Student Government Association, which started with more than five vacancies in the fall semester.
Although these positions are now filled, the coordination of nine organizations has struggled to cope with the rotation of paid jobs throughout the year after the return to in-person operations.
Challenges such as staff turnover and difficulty filling vacancies can sometimes cause additional stress for student workers.
Along with working another job at a local boutique, suburban Senator Alaina Collins reports higher levels of stress in herself and her co-workers, which she says is likely due to the balance between work, school and social life.
Collins says she often feels underappreciated in the work she does.
“I do a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes unnoticed. But again, I didn’t get into this position for the praise. I do this job because it matters to me,” Collins said.
Paul Casper, manager of the student office at the Outdoor Resource Center, also works a second job at Eudora Brewing Co. Casper says he and his co-workers deserve better pay.
“We need special certifications and skills for our work and I just don’t think we get paid enough. But it’s Wright’s State and we all know we can’t afford it. Our trips are also very cheap because of how little we pay,” Casper said.
ORC trips often require companions and participants to camp together for more than a week, creating a special demand for companions. Similarly, Nathan Harriman, COO of ReyRey Cafe, finds unique demands in his role.
“There’s the operational side of things, and then there’s actually the making of the coffee and the work in the cafe. Having never worked in the food industry or made coffee professionally, there is definitely a learning curve,” Harriman said.
Even though some students have grievances with the hourly wage, the experience and life skills they gain through their on-campus jobs allow them to later enter the job market as a resourceful and prepare.
Sophomore Jared Hess works as an office assistant at the Office of Disability Services and feels his job is important because it can help other students.
“It can be a bit boring at times, but it’s definitely one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve had and I can honestly say I never dreaded coming to work,” Hess said.
Collins agreed that her work on campus provided her with opportunities to network and learn valuable skills such as time management and collaboration skills.
“I value the opportunities I have been given to connect and network with faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community,” Collins said.
If a student has a problem with their job, they should contact their supervisor for their respective positions. If the problem is still not resolved, students can contact the Office of Human Resources or the Office of the Ombudsman.