Central Michigan University students looking for a job this semester can use CMU’s Student Employment Services to help find an on-campus job that suits them.
Links to many vacant positions, including work-study programs and General Student Assistance positions, are available on the website for students to apply.
Manager of Student Employment Services Jon Goodwin said GSA positions have funds that are equipped to pay student employees, whereas work-study positions pay students as part of their financial aid packages. The university draws information from a student’s FASFA to determine eligibility for work-study.
Although the type of job and having the necessary experience for a said job play roles in who gets hired, most on-campus jobs typically pay a minimum wage of $7.40 per hour.
Macomb senior Robert Kirchhoff, who started his second year working with Campus Dining this fall, said he was given consistent hours for his job, allowing him to plan accordingly for class.
“Most student jobs have certain days and hours you will be working, so this way, you will know your work schedule for the entire semester,” Kirchhoff said.
The ease and practicality of working on-campus was a large selling point for Kirchhoff.
“Overall, I believe that an on-campus job is much more efficient and practical than working off-campus,” he said.
Milford junior and Charles V. Park Library employee Taylor Stringfellow said her job benefits her both financially and academically. Working in the library, she has been made aware and takes advantage of the many free services available within the building.
“Working in the library means I know all of the services that it has to offer, and I can take advantage of those services since I’m already there,” Stringfellow said. “I see different sides of the services that are offered, and I see how much work goes into making (them) possible, so I appreciate it more than students who don’t know the hard work and creativity that goes into helping them be successful.”
Although Goodwin urges students to make use of the SES website, not all on-campus employers utilize this tool.
“Do not hesitate to approach a department you would like to work for, even if they do not have a job posting on the SES site,” he said. “There are departments that don’t use the posting service, and approaching those departments can prove a student will take initiative and is eager to work.”