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Work On-Campus or Off-Campus

Once your student has decided that he needs a job and has time to commit to a job, the next decision will be whether to look for an on-campus or off-campus job.  This is a complex question.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both situations.  You can help your student explore which type of job may be best for her by considering some of the following factors:

  • One of the major advantages to an on-campus job is the ease of getting to it. 
  • On-campus job may often be “sandwiched” in between classes.  On-campus employers will work around the student’s class schedule.
  • On campus employers are usually understanding of student schedules and obligations.  They may allow the student to miss work for a major campus event, they understand about major projects or final exams. 
  • An on-campus job will allow your student to make connections on campus. 
  • Off-campus employers may be less flexible with a student’s hours and may have difficulty letting a student go during long weekends, school breaks or summer vacation. 
  • If your student has had a job at home with a major company, it is possible that he can transfer to a location close to school. 
  • Off-campus job will allow her to connect with people outside of the college. 
  • Off-campus jobs may have better pay. Most on-campus jobs are for the school year only
  • Off campus jobs may lead to employment after college