By Tlell Elviss, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
More than 11,000 students work on campus each year. It’s a great way to get involved, build your network and learn valuable professional skills. Many employers specifically seek out students with a range of interests, like part-time jobs, campus leadership experiences, participation in a student club and/or volunteer work. It is the full range of your UBC activities, combined with academics, that will create future career options.
Residence & Food Services Positions
Working on campus is a convenient way to earn money and help other UBC students succeed academically and socially. UBC offers part-time Residence Life positions and administrative positions, like Front Desk and housekeeping, as well as jobs in Food Services.
One of the largest work programs on campus is the Work Learn program. It supports part-time paid positions on campus and offers meaningful work for UBC students. All students are eligible. Most jobs are posted from late August to mid-September and from March to April. To apply, you’ll need a cover letter, resumé and solid interviewing skills.
Many professors offer excellent work opportunities—paid, volunteer and through Work Learn. These positions are often unadvertised. The best way to find out about them is to talk to your professors after class or during office hours.
There are numerous ways to find work on campus or in your field of study. Here are some of the best:
- CareersOnline offers access to hundreds of job postings and volunteer opportunities.
- Participate in Career Days (usually held in early October) in the Student Union Building (SUB). You’ll meet professionals, network with companies, organizations and schools.
- Attend recruitment events and workshops to hone your job search skills and explore career options with employers who come to campus looking for candidates.
- Follow UBC Career on Twitter.