My name is Logan Elliott, and I am a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I am writing this blog to talk about my experience with working while pursuing my degree. In this blog, I want to share some of the benefits of being employed as a student, as well as offer some resources your student can use when searching for employment opportunities.
There are two options for students when they are looking for a job. Both offer benefits as well as drawbacks.
The first type is on-campus employment which includes any students who work on the Missouri State University campus. This is a great way for students to feel connected to the university, build a professional network of peers and professionals as well as securing financial gains, which we know are critical for college students. MSU has an Office of Student Employment which is dedicated to serving students, and getting them connected with meaningful jobs, both on-campus, as well as off-campus.
This leads me to the second type of employment students search for, off-campus employment. Off-campus employment is oftentimes thought of as more difficult to navigate due to a commute to work. Your student may have scheduling troubles as the off-campus employer might be less flexible with school hours. MSU staff know that education comes first, and they are understanding about needing to change their schedule. Off-campus jobs are still a wildly popular and valuable way for students to gain extra income during their time at MSU.
Working off-campus can have benefits. Your student may be able to find something related to their major that isn’t offered in a university setting. They can gain powerful connections with business owners and leaders in the Springfield community. Of course, it is a great way to earn extra income like mentioned above.
I currently have an on-campus and an off-campus job so I can speak to both types of jobs. Both have been integral in assuring that I am financially able to continue school. In addition, I have found a network of support and friends within the community who do not go to MSU. I find that sometimes having support and guidance from folks who are not affiliated with the institution is helpful when making decisions, sharing concerns, or planning for my future.
Working on-campus truly has helped me build a network of professionals who are skilled in navigating the institution. They connect me with useful resources, care for me and mentor me as I navigate my experience as a student.
Both have been instrumental in getting me where I am today. I have built skills, saved funds, and made connections that will last a lifetime.
If your student feels they have time to take on employment in addition to their studies, it is an experience I highly recommend. I assure you that they will not be disappointed.
For students interested in getting connected with the Office of Student Employment, you can contact them at 417-836-5627 or email at CherylCombs@MissouriState.edu. Students interested in stopping by can find the Office of Student Employment located in Blair-Shannon House office 113.
Have a great rest of your semester, Bears!
Logan Elliott, Graduate Assistant | Orientation & Transition Programs | Student Affairs Graduate Association | President