Welcome! Our goal is to increase the number of sophomore students working at IUPUI, and hopefully, this page will not only peak your interest but also it will help you prepare to search for jobs at IUPUI. Take your time reviewing the content, and reach out to our office when you are ready to get your search off the ground! First, student employment challenges the reasons why you may not work on campus.
Challenging Why You Aren't Working at IUPUI
- I don't have work experience and would not be qualified for these positions.
IUPUI employers consider all kinds of experiences as relevant, not just paid employment. Volunteering, student group participation, leadership positions, and many more experiences are related to positions at IUPUI. Check out the Services section for more information on putting these experiences into your resume.
- I make a higher hourly rate off campus, so why would I switch to on campus?
One of the benefits of working for IUPUI is the minimum wage of $10.15. If you make more than that now, consider that student hourly employees do not have FICA taken out of their taxes, which means you keep more of your paycheck. Also, continuing to challenge yourself in new positions and building skills are key to preparing for internships and full-time opportunities. Think about the skills you are missing, and search for on-campus opportunities that will help you build those! If you need help identifying skills you are missing, make an appointment or drop in to see us!
- Since I have classes during the day, I don't think the employer would work with my availability.
Most part-time positions through IUPUI work around your class schedule. Do you have a two- or three-hour break between classes? Why not earn some money while you wait! Working through IUPUI can enhance your time management and save you some gas money! Before you hesitate to apply, remember that unless the job description states otherwise, the position will work with your class schedule.
- The job titles don't interest me or they don't have positions relevant to my major.
Don't make assumptions about the job before you read the description. The description outlines all of the responsibilities you will have and what qualifications the employer is looking for. More than likely, you would be interested in the responsibilities and meet the skills needed, plus future employers look for skills that means these positions are most likely relevant to your major. Trust the experts. Making assumptions can mean missing out on excellent opportunities for growth!
- I have always been a [insert position title here]. It is easier to go back to what I know.
Take it from Jenna, our assistant director. She went back to serving instead of working on campus during her freshman and sophomore years at IUPUI. She finally realized how much time she wasted traveling to and from work, arguing about her availability with her supervisor every week so she could stay enrolled in classes, and missing out on many important skills she needed for internships. Engaging with campus and working helped Jenna continue her education and helped her find out what she wanted to do with her degree while she got paid.
Why You Should Work on Campus
You may be eligible for a work-study award! This award has a lot of benefits when trying to find a part-time position on or near campus. Check out information about work-study for benefits and eligibility.