posted 2012-04-25 23:30:51

Working for the Weekend

For Hunter students job opportunities are all around

Bridgit Boulahanis

Features Editor

Half way through the semester and you’re broke, right? Just when New York is heating up and it is all the more tempting to go out and spend money, you find your bank account hovering in the double digits? Working while going to college is incredibly difficult, as many of your classmates can tell you. Being a waiter or a babysitter late nights and getting up for that morning Chem class can seem near impossible, right? Luckily, for the savvy student there are other options.

There are a plethora of employment opportunities available at Hunter, designed specifically for college students! This means that your employer will respect that you are a student who needs some extra cash and not expect you to work until 3am on the night before your final exam. The jobs available at Hunter, while usually pathetic in salary, more than make up for this in their flexibility and understanding of student issues. Getting an on campus job means time to do your homework during slow periods at work, and no extra commute. So you want a job around Hunter? Here’s where to start.

The first place to look when you need a job around school is actually at your own records. Did you or your parents fill out the FAFSA? It you have any federal grants or financial aid, you probably did. If you’re eligible for it (grants and scholarships mean you probably are), Work-Study is a great way to get a job around Hunter. So how does one get a Work-Study job around Hunter?

First things first: go to the Hunter office of Financial Aid in the North building room 241 and ask if you are eligible for Work-Study. If you are, all you have to do is go to the Financial Aid department’s website (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ finaid/federal-work-study-information), and use their online application tool, Next Gen, to find the right job for you. From there it is just applying and, hopefully, getting hired. There are job openings that range from research assistant to tutor to lifeguard positions, and so there is no excuse not to find a job that works for you.

This is not to say that your Work- Study earnings will be enough to afford you bottle service at any local nightclub. The federal government has a set limit on how much you can earn from them in a given semester, usually a couple thousand dollars, and you can bet that CUNY wont pick up the bill once that money runs out. That means that your pay will likely be around $7-$9 per hour, with a set limit of 20 hours per week. It doesn’t take passing Math 100 to let you know that this isn’t a formula for massive payouts, but it is a heck of a lot better than mooching off of your friends.

If you want to work around campus but weren’t granted Work-Study or don’t want to use it, there are other options. In fact, if you start to look around campus you’ll find that you see students working everywhere.

One example of an excellent on campus job is at the Visitors Center of Hunter West. This desk, which you may have visited when you forgot your Hunter ID at home, requires a staff of several students to man the computers and help visitors from Hunter’s early morning opening time to closing in the evenings. This means a plethora of available hours, and, given the flaky nature of college students, frequent openings for new hires.

This job will pay you a bit more than Work-Study, students working up front make over $9 per hour at 20 hours per week. However, according to one of the supervisors at the visitor’s center, students are sometimes asked during busy periods to pick up extra shifts. That means that occasionally you can add some extra change to your check, which is always a bonus. The Visitors Center cannot hire all of us, but a different version of the same job is available at the bookstore, through ICIT, at the different labs on campus, and a variety of other places – you just have to look around and find it.

Hunter also has an Human Resources (HR) department where they keep track of a variety of administrative jobs around Hunter. While you may not be qualified for all of them, many are entry-level positions which a Hunter student could excel at. These jobs can be accessed by visiting HR at Hunter, or simply checking out their website at http://hr.hunter.cuny.edu/jobs/. Temporary jobs and long term positions are listed here, with a wide range of salaries and time commitments required, thus making it an excellent place to job shop if you have specific scheduling needs.

Any job searcher at Hunter would be remiss if they neglected to check out Hunter’s Career Development Services (CDS). This office at Hunter’s primary responsibility is to help Hunter students and alumni “with all aspects related to attaining optimum satisfaction in career choice.” Located on the 8th floor of the East building, CDS has both online (http:// www.hunter.cuny.edu/studentservices/ cds) and in-person tools to help you find the career that is right for you. This means matching you with great, innovative companies and helping you to represent yourself as the best applicant for any given job. They also frequently hold workshops to help students improve their resume, brush up on their interview skills, and fine tune many other job necessities.

Basically, there are jobs available all over Hunter. From security guards (yes, some of those turnstile protectors are students) to your major department’s secretary, opportunities abound for students who are ready to work.