By: Antonio Iannetta – Layout Editor
One by one, the students filed into the campus bookstore. A woman in a bold pink hoodie proceeded to the back, to pick up a notebook and some writing utensils. A man, with hair tied up into a taut bun, browsed the clearance section, taking up a pair of pants with a smile on his face. Yet another, moving too swiftly to pin down, simply snatched a pair of socks off the rack and tossed them onto the sales counter.
Behind that counter stood a student. With a smile on her face, she took each of the students one by one, checked their purchases and got each piece paid for promptly. Those students that came in walked out, seemingly pleased, while the student behind the counter set back to work.
Students seeking extra funds for tuition, rent, books and other expenses often go through the Career Development office to seek part-time employment on campus, and working in the campus bookstore is but one example.
“I definitely find working at the bookstore to be a highly engaging job,” said Hannacy Gurbisz, an 18-year-old education major who works in the campus bookstore. “I get to talk to my own peers, help them with their questions, and even give them suggestions. I love that the bookstore allows me to get to know so many William Paterson students.”
The Career Development office, located in room 301 of the Student Center, is open to both students and alumni. They can assist with finding employment on-campus, off-campus and in the world at large.
According to Mary Alice Barrows, assistant director of the Career Development department, the Career Development office has many staff on-site willing to assist. They are broken down by major so that each student can get an individualized experience that best suits their desires.
The most common type of job for students currently studying is a part-time job on-campus, Barrows added. In addition to jobs like working in the bookstore, students also find employment in the student center, as well as working directly alongside faculty in specific departments as peer mentors and student assistants.
“There’s a variety of ways students can get part-time jobs on campus,” Barrows said. “The first way is if they are federal work-study eligible…Second, there is also departments that hire students, just as part-time employees.”
The way to determine whether one is federal work-study eligible is to speak to the financial aid office, according to Barrows. She urged that even if a student is not eligible, they can still apply for jobs, and to keep an eye out for flyers and notices from the different departments.
“I am not currently part of the federal work-study program,” Gurbisz said. “I could not work my job back at home since I live on campus so I wanted to find one on campus that could supply me with a little extra money.”
Hannacy added that she found her job through a former bookstore employee- which is another important resource for finding work, both on-campus and beyond. However, students also have access to another important resource to find jobs: Trailblazer, online computerized job matching service that all students have access to.
“I got my job through Trailblazer,” said Kahlusha Lauvel, a junior who works within the Career Development office as a receptionist. “I just emailed Mary Alice and I got the job.”
By using Trailblazer, Lauvel said she was able to pin down a job with a great amount of speed. She now makes appointments for the Career Development office, answers phones, advises other students and more.
“I highly recommend all students connect with their Trailblazer account,” Barrows said. “This is where students can find out again if they’re looking to work on-campus, off-campus, do an internship; this is the number one place I’d probably start your job search.”
If there are concerns over if a part-time job would interfere with class, worry not. Though it occurs on an individual basis per each department, those who offer jobs on-campus work with the schedules of students in order to get them working.
“When starting my job, I let my supervisor know my schedule and class times,” Gurbisz said. “With this, he made a working schedule that fit my needs and availability.”
Gurbisz added that her supervisor was very understanding of the plights of students, and worked willingly alongside her to set a schedule that let her accomplish all she needs as a student while also putting her to work.
Lauvel had a similar experience, showing that the understanding seems to be across the board.
“It was really easy, actually,” Lauvel said. “I just let her know what times I have class, and she just scheduled me for in between those times.”
If the testimonies of Lauvel and Gurbisz are anything to go by, the work on-campus is satisfying as well as challenging. Lauvel said that her work makes her feel accomplished, whereas Gurbisz found her job to be highly engaging.
More information, as well as ways to contact those within the office, can be found at the Career Development office’s website.