Working while in college can take some time management, but the pay-offs can go beyond earning a paycheck.
In addition to applying to job ads, such as those on the on-campus and off-campus job boards, students can sometimes find a part-time job by approaching area businesses and simply asking if they are hiring. Choose businesses you are familiar with, such
as area restaurants, and ask to talk to a manager about applying for a job.
You might be asked if you would like to fill out an application even if there are no current openings. You can often complete the application online or bring it back later.
It can be a good idea to follow-up several days or a few weeks later to ask if there are any new openings.
Networking is another way to find employment. Start with family members, friends, neighbors, and professors. Ask them “who do you know who might know about finding a job in [list your field of interest]?” Eventually, one contact will lead to another, and another, and so on, until you get a referral that is useful. You never know where your next job lead may come from.
With an I-card, students can ride all Indiana County Transit Authority IndiGO buses at no per-ride cost (it is pre-paid through IUP fees). These local buses have routes and schedules that can take you to off-campus employers such as the Indiana Mall. It takes planning to fit your work schedule to the bus schedules, but it may be something you want to consider.
Graduate students can sometimes be awarded assistantships in addition to other job opportunities on and off campus.
State and federal work-study programs can sometimes provide funds for off-campus jobs in addition to on-campus employment.
If you are an international student, you will need to read about the rules and policies that apply to your situation. The Office of International Education has guidelines international students must follow if they want to work while attending IUP.
In addition to finding a job, it is good to be aware that many scholarships are only available to students who have completed a set number of credits. It can pay to do some research and apply for a few that are a good match for you each year. Watch your e-mail for announcements about scholarships from your department or major at IUP and be sure to apply by the deadlines.
If you are looking for a full-time, permanent job outside IUP, please visit the
Career and Professional Development Center’s
If you are seeking a non-student employee position at IUP, please visit the IUP
Human Resources website.