Working & College Life

Working is hard. Working as a college student is even harder. Luckily, SMU offers a number of on-campus jobs to make finding the balance between work, school, and a social life that much easier. According to the Student Employment Office, over 1,400 SMU students work on campus each year in a variety of different positions. We talked to three students who work on-campus about their experiences.

Anne Thibault

What is your major and what do you hope to do in the future?

AT: I'm majoring in Management Science and Economics. In the future I hope to work in consulting.

Describe your job on-campus.

AT: I work for the football team. My office is responsible for recording every football practice and importing all of the footage into the computer. My job is to get camera cards from my coworkers and import them and cut the footage for the coaches to watch.

What do you like about the job? Is there anything you don't like?

AT: I like that my job is on-campus so I don't have to go far. Also, my coworkers are my peers at school so being in the office can be fun sometimes. One thing that's really nice about my job is during fall practice we get to eat the meals that are catered to the football team (which are a lot nicer than anything you could find in Umph). The only drawback is that this job has nothing to do with what I want to do in the future and it's very easy so I'm not really gaining any work experience at all.

Any advice for students looking to work on campus?

AT: There are so many different opportunities to work on campus and if you're just looking for a way to get a little extra cash I highly recommend looking into a job on campus. It is so much easier than working off campus and there are so many benefits.

Rose Edmondson

What is your major and what do you hope to do in the future?

RE: I am a Biology major with a minor in Applied Physiology and Health Management on the pre-med track. After undergrad I hope to go to Optometry School and become an optometrist!

Describe your job on-campus.

RE: The title of my job on campus is Student Athletic Trainer. Basically, I work under the athletic trainers for the football team. I perform duties such as football practice set up and take down, provide water, provide bandaids or tape if needed, and shadow the athletic trainers throughout practice.

What do you like about the job? Is there anything you don't like?

RE: I like the fast-pace of practice because it keeps you on your toes. It is fun to be a part of football practice and help out the players when they need me. I love the staff and spending so much time outside!

Any advice for students looking to work on campus?

RE: Undergrads are so busy as is but I would recommend getting a job, especially on campus, if time allows. For me, the job is a fun way to take a break from studying and get outside. Having a job is not only a resume builder but also a good way to gain valuable experience. Working under the athletic trainers gives me first-hand experience in that field.

Michelle Campbell

What is your major and what do you hope to do in the future?

MC: I’m a finance and economics major, and following graduation I’m working as a financial analyst for RBC Capital Markets in their Real Estate group in Dallas.

Describe your job on-campus.

MC: I work in the Cox Career Center as a Don Jackson Fellow Career Coach (Don Jackson is an organization within the Alternative Asset program that helps train students who are interested in investment banking). I mainly give mock technical finance interviews to students who are preparing for investment banking recruiting in addition to reviewing resumes, cover letters, and advising on potential career paths for all business majors.

What do you like about the job? Is there anything you don't like?

MC: I really like being able to help students who are preparing for the stressful recruiting process and letting them know what to expect since so many older students helped me when I was going through the same thing two years ago.

Any advice for students looking to work on campus?

MC: Having a job on campus is definitely convenient since you’re already on campus for classes and don’t have to worry about driving across town (especially for people who don’t have a car at school). I would just recommend finding a job in a department that somewhat interests you or will give you useful skills for future jobs so you can discuss your experience in later interviews.

More information on jobs available on-campus can be found at the Hegi Family Career Center or online at http://smu.joinhandshake.com/login.

careerMaggie Kelleher