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On-campus:
  • Working in the college bookstore
  • Food service (particularly at private colleges)
  • Computer center -- students often serve in tech support positions
  • Resident assistants in the dorms
  • Information desk personnel
  • Athletic field maintenance and athletic teams managers
  • Lab assistants (particularly at Johns Hopkins)
  • Library assistants
  • Working at the Student Union
  • Working in development making the calls to alumni for fundraising (mainly private schools)
  • Administrative jobs at all the various offices across campus

    Off-campus:

  • Babysitting
  • Retail
  • Waitressing/"bar-backing"
  • Summer camp counselors (seasonal)--Molly Hamilton
  • On any given Saturday, Anne Dabrowski can be found perusing the clothing racks at South Moon Under at the Shops at Kenilworth. While the Loyola College sophomore might wish to be at the local retail chain simply to find a new outfit for the weekend's festivities, Dabrowski is there to earn cash.

    For many Baltimore area college students, part-time jobs make the difference in meeting the high costs of earning a college degree. "It's not hard at all to work on the weekends," explained Dabrowski. "I probably wouldn't be studying anyway."

    But her weekend gig is just one of two jobs she holds down throughout the academic year. Weekdays she can be found working on campus, taking care of the university's sports equipment.

    "During the week, it's challenging," said Dabrowski, "trying to schedule meetings with teachers or do group projects. I would suggest to others to get a job on campus because they usually make it a lot easier for you. It's a lot less demanding, as the school wants your classes to be your first priority."

    Raquel Cosden echoes that sentiment. As Assistant Director of Employer Relations at Goucher College, Cosden has made a career of advising college students on how to find employment -- both while in school and after graduation. "Probably about 35 percent to 40 percent of our students have a part-time job," Cosden said. "The biggest piece to consider is whether the job will fit their schedules. Take a look at your courseload. School has to come first."

    Cosden has witnessed students juggle full-time course loads with part-time jobs. Said Cosden, "find jobs that will be less demanding, especially in your first two years when you're trying to adjust to your classes. As students get to their junior or senior years, I do like to see them get jobs more related to their field -- what I call resume builders."

    Johns Hopkins University provides a Web site where students can view job postings. "We're fortunate here because our jobs are open to all students, whether they're on campus or off, work-study or non-work-study," explained D. Lynn O'Neil, Director of Student Employment Services for the school.

    "I feel students are either seeking something to make the most money or to gain an educational experience. Right now I have a student working for me in a role outside his field for a creative outlet."

    David Man is that student. As a Bio-Medical Engineering student, Man enjoys the opportunity his part-time job gives him to use his desktop publishing skills. "There are a lot of different jobs on campus you can try," said Man. "I've heard of one job where you can film a documentary."

    O'Neil suggests that students take advantage of the opportunities that part-time jobs provide. "I think that students should keep their options open and not just seek jobs that pay the most or that are in their major because all jobs have a learning aspect to them. They're so focused on pre-med or pre-law. I think that student employment really offers an opportunity for students to experience other areas."

    Many Baltimore area colleges either host or participate in student job fairs. Campus employment centers serve as a link between job seeking students and area businesses and residents looking for help. Cosden recalled one recent listing for a ghost tour operator in Fells Point: "It's a perfect job for someone with a little dramatic flare."

    Towson University's Lindsay Tanner serves as the Student Employment Coordinator with the campus Career Center. Tanner explained that many of the work-study positions go unfilled. Said Tanner, "I think that students are not necessarily aware of what's available to them."

    Off-campus jobs are quickly filled. "Babysitting offers very flexible hours and very lucrative pay, said Tanner."

    Many of the area colleges use the online job-posting service, E-Recruiter, to post their own listings. Loyola College also established what it calls the "Quick Cash Club." Students can join this club which will contact them for temporary jobs like handing out flyers for companies at the Inner Harbor or working as a helper at an area resident's dinner party. Professional positions and internships are also available, both during the school year and over summer break.

    "I really think that students who work develop excellent work habits," said Dr. CreSaundra Sills, Loyola's Career Placement Center Director.

    Mary DeManss, Assistant Director of the Center added, "part-time jobs enable students to test their enthusiasm for something outside of the classroom. I think that the experience they gain perhaps may give them a slight advantage over others when it comes time to finding a full-time job. "We once had a job posting for extras in a Winona Ryder movie set in Baltimore. I think it went straight to video but whenever we watch it we say, 'hey, I remember that kid.'"

    For Dabrowski, earning cash is not the only benefit of working at South Moon Under. The employee discount at one of her favorite shops has been a real boost for her wardrobe. "My dad calls me an indentured servant," said Dabrowski, who returns much of her paycheck to her employer, "but I love their stuff."

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