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Make Some $$$

June 30, 2017
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    Job Fair at Purchase

by Danny Smith

One of the things I love about Purchase is how easy it is to get a part-time job on or around campus. There are many options available to students, and the Career Development Center makes it easy to find them.

The Career Development Center, located on the second floor of the Student Services Building, is one of my favorite resources on campus. They help students create resumes, update their resumes if they already have one, practice for job interviews, and even pick out an outfit to wear to a job interview. They have job fairs every semester, and leading up to the fairs they do prep sessions on things like what to wear, how to present yourself to potential employers, and professional attire clothing swaps.

Career Development also manages JobScore, an online job searching tool. JobScore allows employers from on campus and the surrounding area to post job and internship opportunities, and they’re specifically looking for Purchase students and alumni. You can get anything from a babysitting gig to a waiter job at a local restaurant to a theater internship in NYC. And the best part? You can continue to use JobScore after you graduate!

If you’re looking for an on-campus job, you’re in luck. There are opportunities for jobs in pretty much every building and every department on campus. For instance, you can work at the  Library, you can be an Admissions Ambassador, you can work at Student Services, if you’re a tech genius you can work at CTS, and if you want to tutor other students you can work at the Learning Center! Through the Office of Community Engagement (OCE), you could be employed as an RA (Resident Assistant) and have your room and board covered, you could be a Student Orientation Leader (SOL) over the summer, and so much more.

The PSGA (Purchase Student Government Association) is always hiring. They hire students to work at the Stood (Student Center), service heads like the co-directors of PTV (TV station) and WPSR (radio station), our TV and radio stations, and office assistants. You can also get paid for an elected position, like the PSGA President or another student government position!

Another good idea is to talk to your professors. Let them know that you are looking for a job or internship. They might know of somewhere that’s hiring, or they might even be able to connect you with someone in your field. For instance, if you’re a theatre major, a theatre professor might be able to get you connected with someone who works at a local theatre company, who might be able to hook you up with a job or internship. Some professors are even looking to hire students themselves! If a professor is working on a book, they might want a student research assistant, which can get you money or credits. Or, they might just need a babysitter.\

The job possibilities are endless here at Purchase, no matter what you’re looking for. Pro tip: start looking for jobs over the summer! That way, by the time the fall semester rolls around, you’ll be all set to start working. Good luck!