Student employment is a WIN for both the student and the employer. The student employee benefits from the additional financial resources and an opportunity to develop skills for future employment. The employer benefits from a creative and motivated workforce.
Student employment provides students with career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant to any majors, and the necessary preparation and assistance for competitive job markets. While you may think working as a student will take time away from your academics, studies show that students who work 20 hours or less per week statistically do better in school on average than their non-working peers (Noel-Levitz, 2010). Also, students who are “connected” to campus report a higher satisfaction with their college life, graduate in higher numbers, and graduate more quickly.
UI research shows that on campus student employment makes a significant difference in retention rates and graduation rates. For instance, over the past nine years, the average retention rate for campus student employees is 93% but the average for non-student employees is 85%. For four-year graduation rates, the difference between student workers and student non-workers is 57% to 49.3%. The difference for six year graduation rates is 82% to 70.1%. This information is compiled collaboratively between Student Employment and University College.
Employers can advertise jobs for free and students can research job opportunities on the Handshake website.
Need assistance with searching for jobs, job postings, and Handshake? Contact the Pomerantz Career Center:
- Room C310 Pomerantz Center.
Need assistance with Work-Study, employment policies, or employment options? Contact the Student Employment staff in the Office of Student Financial Aid:
- Room 213 Calvin Hall (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Should a student experience difficulties with their job regarding the interpretation or application of established policies and/or procedures governing the terms of their employment, working conditions, hours of work, or compensation, information regarding the Student Employee Grievance Procedure is available.