THIBODAUX — Part-time work is not unusual for college students needing help in paying for school expenses.
And like most universities, Nicholls State offers employment opportunities to students who are looking to supplement their income.
Tiffany Dillon is one of about 75 students employed in the Student Recreational Center this summer. Her job includes monitoring the workout rooms and keeping certain areas of the building clean.
“I love my job,” Dillon said. “I get motivated when I see all these people getting healthy. I think my favorite members are the older citizens. Seeing them maintain their health keeps me pumped up.”
Getting on-campus work isn’t as hard as students might think, said Reshenda Rounds, assistant director of student employment.
All a student has to do is complete a data sheet in Candies Hall, which asks students about their job history, special skills and interests. The student’s information is then sent to different campus departments. When a job opens up, students are sent an email about the position and, if interested, an interview is scheduled.
“The sooner you apply for a job, the better. You never know when a position will open up,” Rounds said.
“There are many advantages to having a job on campus. The majority of jobs don’t go past 4:30 p.m. … giving students time to study and participate in other activities.”
Along with flexible hours, there is no GPA requirement or job experience necessary.
“We offer a wide range of jobs,” Rounds said. “We offer everything from office workers and clerks to groundskeepers. Most positions do not require any job experience at all, and we will train you on site.”
The only requirements for a position is remaining a full-time student and having a helpful personality.
“We try our best to find a job suitable for all types of students. The most important thing is that the students gain a sense of responsibility and independence while still putting their education first,” she said.
Regardless of what job a student gets, most will work on average between 12 and 15 hours a week and earn $7.25 per hour. Students are paid on the first and 15th of every month.
“It’s a good job to have for extra money,” said rec center employee Rebeka Atzenhoffer. “I love it here. The management is great and we are all really good friends.”