Special Report: USF Celebrates National Student Employment Week

 

Activities will take place April 9 - 13 across campus to recognize the benefits of working on campus.

 

 

By Daylina Miller
USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (April. 5, 2012) – From helping to manage the campus dining halls to critiquing resumes and providing IT support, student employees at the University of South Florida are an important part of the fabric of student life on campus.

 

Next week, USF will celebrate those students during National Student Employment Week, a country-wide effort to recognize the importance of the student work experience, with a series of activities across campus and student employees featured every day on USF News.

 

Student Employee Profiles

 

Real-World Restaurant Experience

USF business student Kyle Polglaze learns the ins and outs of restaurant management working his on-campus job at Aramark Dining Services.

 

Career Peers: Students helping students

Denise Aiyedatiwa strengthens her own interviewing and resume-writing skills by sharing her knowledge with other students.

 

Tutoring Mutually Beneficial for Students

Engineering student Abigail Lambert keeps her calculus skills sharp and debt at bay by tutoring.

 

Computer Skills Translate to Campus Job

Computer science major Michael Keane practices classroom skills at two field-related jobs on campus.

 

Preparing for a Career in Higher Education

Kari Foley uses skills learned in the classroom to plan events, help with budgeting, and work with clients.

 

Making a Career Out of a Hobby

Kelly Will hopes to snag a professional career in sports with her experience working at USF.

 

 

Student Employment by the Numbers

 

More than 75 percent of all college students today are employed while taking classes (ACE Issue Brief, Working Their Way Through College, 2006).

 

– From Noel-Levitz

 

The College of Arts and Sciences and Student Affairs employ the most students, with more than 200 student positions.

 

On-campus wages for students average $9.23/hr, which is $1.56/hr above Florida’s minimum wage and $1.98 above federal minimum wage. The university recommends students make between $8-$12.50/hr.

 

Students work an average of 9.96 hours a week on-campus, which falls in the range of 20 or fewer hours a week that research suggests students should work to be successful. The University Experience, a class all incoming freshmen are encouraged to take, advises that students enrolled for 15 credit hours should only work between 12-15 hours a week to balance work and school effectively.

 

– From Cynthia Bacheller, USF Human Resources

Studies have shown that students who spend more time on campus, including working, are more involved with campus activities, have better networking skills, and excel academically.

 

Those who have worked off-campus know the frustrations of balancing work and school when you have an inflexible boss or driving time to account for. But those students who work on campus relish flexible scheduling, being able to park and stay on campus all day, and many more benefits.

 

Student Employment@USF, part of the Student Success movement run by Human Resources and the Career Center at USF, began in December 2010 to encourage more students to work on campus.

 

USF has more recently started working with higher education consultants Noel-Levitz to develop a strategic enrollment plan. A paper they recently published said student employees help universities extend their available resources and meet staffing needs.

 

In return, students get valuable real-world experience and typically perform better academically because they’re spending more time on campus, getting to know professors and administration, and are able to take the time off to study and work on class projects.

 

There are students employed in nearly every College and department at USF, as well as University affiliates like Aramark Dining Services and Barnes and Noble.

 

Students can apply for on-campus jobs at Careers@USF.

 

National Student Employment Week Activities

 

Tuesday, April 10
Mr. & Miss USF Pageant Contestant Recognition, 6:00 p.m. in MSC Ballroom.

 

Wednesday, April 11
Bull Market – Buttons for student employees and supervisors (while supplies last).

 

Thursday, April 12
Send Your Student/Supervisor Some Appreciation – Visit the Student Employment@USF Appreciation table in the MSC Atrium (near the Food Court/Directory) and use one of our free postcards to express your appreciation.

 

Friday, April 13
Have Your Cake and Career, Too! – Stop by the Career Center’s lobby at 1:30 p.m. on Friday for Student Appreciation Cake-Cutting Ceremony and then join your peers for a workshop at 2:30 p.m. in SVC 2080 on how to translate your student employment skills into career-related experiences. (Note: Student employees only).

 

Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.