- Will I get paid?
-You get paid through a tuition credit, so the money is taken off your account at the start of the semester and then your work pays back the credit. There is no paycheck, or funds exchanged, for the 160 tuition hours.
- Do I get to pick where I work?
-In your first semester, you will be placed in a job. It is important to submit a job application/ranking form found on the Blackburn College website under the Work Program. This will give managers an idea of your job skills, work experience, and areas of interest. Information found in these forms are taken into consideration when students are being placed.
- How many hours per week do I work?
-On average you work 10 hours per week, but this could vary by department or position.
- When would I work? How will work fit with my classes?
-It depends on the department you work in. If you work in an office, like Academics or Administration, your schedule would fit into 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for the most part. Departments like Campus Services, Maintenance, Security, or Athletics have a wider variety of scheduled work times, so you may work during the day, but might also work early morning, late night, or weekends. Again, your class schedule will receive the priority when your work schedule is made.
- What happens if I play a sport?
-If you play a sport, you will need to provide your practice and game schedules to your department manager. As the season progresses, you will need to stay in contact with your manager about potentially missing shifts for travel or games, or if a game needs to be rescheduled. It is extremely important that you communicate weekly with your department about your athletic schedule.
- What about student organizations or other campus activities?
-There are a variety of campus activities available for you to pursue personal interests. Some work assignments are more flexible than others when scheduling your work hours. You can talk to your manager to see if any conflicts can be avoided.
- Can I still work an off-campus job?
-Yes, it is possible to work an off-campus job. It is important to know that you are expected to complete your hours on campus on a weekly basis, so as a student you will be in charge of organizing your class and different work schedules. It is important to let your manager know at the very start of the semester that you have an off-campus job so they can help you build a schedule.
“I have learned so much—
from teamwork to hard work
to how to have fun
but still get my work done.”
– Christina Sanderson ’21
- How can I change jobs?
-There are a couple of ways to change jobs:
-During the semester positions may open. Any openings will be posted throughout campus, and you can apply to any position.
-At semester break, there may be positions opened either before or after break; again you can apply for any position.
-At the end of the spring semester all returning students will be hired for the next fall, so if you are interested in keeping your position you can lock it in. If you are interested in changing jobs, all open positions will be posted.
- Who do I go to if…
-I would like to set up a mock interview in preparation for a job interview? You can ask any Manager or General Manager, and you could also set an appointment with Career Services to help you.
-I need my resume or application reviewed. Career Services can help you prepare for any type of interview.
-I have questions about my time card. See your Department Manager or a General Manager.
-I have a question about my schedule. See your Department Manager or an Assistant Manager.