Benefits of having a job while in college

This information was provided by the Student Employment Program Coordinator,


Some things never change…

Do you remember the first time you saw someone using a cell phone? What about switching from a typewriter to a computer? If you think back 30 years ago, perhaps when you were a college student, could you imagine how different the world would be now? In a short amount of time, the world has become a much smaller place where technology and social media allows us to be voyeurs into worlds beyond our own backyards. With so many technological advances, there are still some things that haven’t changed. For example, to get a job you need experience of some kind, a strong resume, and to ace the interview.

Have you ever had a job that was just not a good fit? Are there work environments that you excel in? Working while in college is a low-risk way for students to identify personal preferences for employment and allows them to build their professional persona. It is where students learn the professional ways to dress, interact with other colleagues, or how to manage multiple projects. More importantly, it can help them know what they enjoy doing.

Wake Forest University offers some unique opportunities for students to gain experience and apply their major to the work they do while learning about themselves. As your student begins to think about their career path and preparing for those next steps, a campus-based job is a great place to learn soft skills. There are some great opportunities for employment on campus to help develop work-related skills.

If your student is interested in finding a job on campus, their first step should be to check Handshake to see the available on-campus job offerings. Available opportunities will be posted in Handshake in June, and students will be able to apply at any time.




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