Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 05:09
Finding balance between school and a job search can be tricky, especially when the search itself consumes enough time to be a job. What struggles do students face on their job searches?
Kayla Meeks, freshman, biology
Are you currently working?
No, I have a job interview – McDonald’s for a part-time position.
Have you been searching for quite a while?
Yes, for a long time. Maybe like a year. I tried and quit.
Was McDonald’s your first choice?
Not really. It was just like I called them, and they were hiring. So I just I went with it. I would have worked more in retail. A job is a job, I guess.
Do you have friends struggling looking for jobs?
Yes, a lot of them are struggling to get jobs. It’s frustrating that you have to search so hard to find a job, so it’s frustrating. I partially believe it’s the economy because it’s kind of hard for adults to get a job.
Lincoln Roberts, freshman, business
Do you currently work at the moment?
Not at the moment. I worked the entire time I lived in Texas. I have enough money saved up; I didn’t have to have a job freshman year. Maybe my sophomore year I can go look for a job here.
Would you look for a job on campus or off?
On campus because it would be easier to work around classes.
Do you think, being young, it is tougher to get a job than someone older?
I think it may be equal chances. It depends really on the job. A job dealing machinery may want someone older who has more experience. Someone younger may be, like, in the kitchen or [at] a cash register.
Tracie Schumacher, senior, psychology
Do you currently have a job?
I am in the Air Force, actually.
Do you know anybody struggling on their job search?
I know a lot of people who are doing the work study program at school, and I figure that seems like a pretty convenient way to get your hours in. It seems like [those jobs] would hire students.
Do you think a student’s age is a disadvantage?
I went to college before I was in the Air Force, and I had the same kind of issues looking for a part-time job. I remember I worked in the library on campus for a while because it was just easy. It was right on campus, so I wouldn’t have to go far.
Looking for other jobs, you are limited to entry level. Since you don’t have a degree yet, you’re obviously working towards it. It’s usually more convenient to look for a job on campus.