On Campus Jobs: Good for Your Wallet, and Your Career!
It’s great to make money while you are in school, but on campus jobs can also provide you with transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, such as using office technology, customer service, time management, project management, problem-solving, professional or technical writing experience, and much more. Starting spring term 2017, all on campus jobs are listed on Handshake.
Work Study vs. Regular On Campus Jobs
You may have a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award as part of your financial aid package. This may make you more attractive to on campus employers because the government pays a significant portion of your wages. However, you need to ask a potential employer if they will continue to employ you once your FWS award is exhausted.
Students without FWS can find on campus jobs as well. While most on campus employers will indicate a preference for FWS, students should apply to ALL jobs they feel qualified for. A department may hire a student without FWS if they are better suited to the position.
How to Find On Campus Jobs
Be Proactive: The best way to find jobs is to identify the departments on campus that are the best fit with your career goals, and visit them in person to express your interest. While they might not have a current opening, your interest in them will be very compelling and they may keep your contact information should an opportunity arise.
Search Postings: You may also look on Handshake for on campus jobs. See link to the right for information about how to create an account and search. Please review this site or e-mail us with any questions about using the system.
Attend the Involvement Fair: At the beginning of Fall Term, Career Services partners with Student Life at the Involvement Fair in Klamath Falls where you can meet with campus departments and local employers with available part time jobs. See the campus calendar for the exact date, location, and time. Come to the fair with copies of your resume, dressed neatly, and ready to speak with employers about what you have to offer!
You have certain rights as an employee which are summarized below. More detailed information is available here: Student Employment Guidelines
Breaks: One 10 minute break is provided for every four hours worked. If the shift is for 8 hours, you will take two breaks and a 30 minute unpaid lunch period. Your supervisor will attempt to schedule the breaks as close to the middle of the work period as possible.
Overtime: When school is not in session, you are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, and overtime must be paid for any hours over 40 in one week (Sunday through Saturday). You are NOT allowed to work more than 8 hours per day.
Performance Reviews: You should clearly understand the work to be accomplished in the job. Performance reviews, either formal or informal, should be given on a regular basis, at least once per year, but more often whenever possible. You have the right to request written copies of performance reviews.
Grievances: You have the right to file a grievance resulting from the employer’s recruiting, hiring or employment decisions, or arising from a disagreement that, in the employee’s opinion, creates an injustice. See the Student Employment Guidelines document on our website, www.oit.edu/career for more information.
Workplace Concerns: You have the right to work at Oregon Tech free of sexual harassment. Contact Career Services if you have any concerns.
Professionalism: As an employee of Oregon Tech, you are expected to behave in a professional manner. This means following the rules of your workplace, including arriving on time and dressing appropriately. Be sure to discuss with your supervisor what is expected.
Recordkeeping: If you have a Federal Work-Study award, you are responsible for keeping track of how much of your award is expended monthly in wages. All students must keep accurate records of hours worked and complete monthly time sheets to be submitted on the 15th of each month. Discuss these procedures with your supervisor.
Academic Standing: You must maintain Oregon Tech enrollment and satisfactory academic standing while employed. Exceptions: Oregon Tech students enrolled the previous term, but taking the current term off and planning to pre-register and enroll at Oregon Tech for the upcoming term, or high school or other non- Oregon Tech college/university students.
Behavior: You may be terminated from your job without probation and denied further employment at Oregon Tech if you do any of the following:
- Falsify information on employment forms
- Falsify information on time reports
- Fail to maintain enrollment at Oregon Tech
- Divulge or use confidential information obtained on the job
- Are convicted of illegal or unauthorized use of drugs or alcohol in conjunction with their job. Students who are convicted of illegal use or sale of drugs are not eligible for financial aid (work study), whether or not the offense was committed in conjunction with their job.
- Fail to maintain a 2.0 GPA and/or make satisfactory academic progress
- Violate the established Code of Student Conduct as defined in the Oregon Tech Student Handbook
Job-related illness/injury: In the event of a job-related illness or injury, you should notify your employer when the injury/accident occurs. All injuries must be reported regardless of how minor they may appear. If no medical attention (other than first aid) is required at the time, your employer will work with you to complete an Oregon Tech Incident Report, available from the Human Resource Office.
Driving: You may not use your own vehicle in connection with campus employment.
Working More Than 20 Hours
To work more than 20 hours per week during academic terms (except summer) you will need to complete a form
and get approval
You may work on campus, but are not eligible for Federal Work-Study, nor can you work off campus. Students on F-1 visas, must be enrolled for at least 12 credits while employed during the academic year, unless otherwise approved.
After you are hired, but before you can begin work, you must obtain a Social Security Number (SSN). Please see your International Student Advisor for required documentation. Your advisor will complete a form letter from the Social Security office and explain the process to you. In the past, students could apply for the SSN before actually having a job, but now they must first be hired and then apply.