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Work On or Off Campus?

Before beginning any type of employment, a job seeker should weigh the pros and cons of the job and the working environment.  There are both positives and negatives to on and off campus employment.  Below is a short list of possible pros and cons.  Please do not consider this a complete list.

On Campus Employment

  • No need for a car
  • More flexible with classes
  • More study time because no need to commute
  • Follow a set schedule
  • Network with faculty and administration
  • Work in between your classes
  • No late night hours
  • Diverse work setting with opportunities to work in a variety of areas
  • Build customer service skills


  • Limited hours to work
  • Minimum wage (some exceptions)
  • Cap on earnings
  • Limited exposure beyond students, faculty and administration
  • Limits your leisure time

Off Campus Employment

  • More hours
  • Opportunity to earn more money
  • Different atmosphere
  • Exposure to more people
  • Build customer service skills


  • Less free time for school
  • May need a car
  • Not as much study time
  • Possible late night hours
  • Employee first instead of a student first
  • Limits your leisure time
  • Student Employment Program
  • c/o Career and Professional Development Center
    Pratt Hall, Suite 302
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2235
  • Fax: 724-357-4079
  • Office Hours
  • Monday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday
  • 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (while classes are in session)
  • Office hours vary during semester breaks and during the summer. Please contact the office for hours of operation during these times.