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On-campus jobs can bolster student income

Leah Railey, human resources director of Associated Students, reflects on how the organization helps prepare students for future jobs with part-time employment. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

Wallets feel thinner, accounts are appearing emptier and the bowl where change is tossed in is at an all-time low. Luckily, it is possible for students to find a part-time job through Chico State.

These extra dollars can help students with the costs of tuition or go toward an summer vacation. Regardless of how the income is spent, Chico State has a few different programs that can help students find the perfect job.

Associated Students is an organization that offers many different employment opportunities. Many of these jobs are available through:

  • A.S. programs
  • A.S. Productions
  • Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)
  • Bell Memorial Union
  • The Wildcat Recreation Center
  • Financial Services Office
  • Student Union
  • Sustainability and Recycling
  • Child Development Lab

A list of all of the different positions in each department, along with a link to the current open positions can be found on the A.S. website through Human Resources.

Leah Railey, human resources director, reflects on the positives of working through A.S.

This experience prepares students for real-world careers by promoting various types of leadership skills. According to Railey, the program aims to create well-rounded employees for the post-graduation workforce.

“As a student-run organization, we are committed to giving our student employees valuable experience that they will carry with them well beyond graduation,” Railey said.

Students who work through this program are limited to 20 hours a week, ensuring that their academics remain first priority.

“One of our goals is to give students a positive employment experience so they know what to expect as they enter the workforce after graduation,” Railey said.

Although the A.S. program is a great way to find employment, there are other options as well. The Student Employment Office offers information on part-time jobs on and off campus. They can help students find where they belong in the working world, whether it is at Chico State or in other areas.

Lauren Costa, junior communication sciences and disorders major and academic advising intern, believes that having a part-time job has given her many positive experiences as well.

“Working in Academic Advising is such a supportive and creative environment,” Costa said. “My fellow cohort of interns and professional staff create a fun, friendly and positive workplace. I have truly found a family within Academic Advising Programs and respect and appreciate all of my co-workers.”

Costa has many different responsibilities as an advising intern and feels that she is contributing to Chico State, she said. She provides academic planning services to undergraduates and assists them with planning their courses.

When applying for jobs, eligibility varies depending on job preferences. All on-campus positions require that employees are enrolled at Chico State. Undergraduates applying need to be taking at least six units of credit, while graduate students only need to take four.

For students interested in getting involved and making some extra cash, a part-time job on campus can be beneficial. With helpful programs such as A.S. and the Student Employment Office, Chico State students can start becoming a little less broke and little more involved.

Alisa Thorsen can be reached at [email protected] or @alisathorsen on Twitter.

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