By Angelica Montesano
Class just got out and you have to be at work in four minutes. You’re probably in shit! Not so if you’re one of the many students who have jobs on campus.
Ethan Zon, a second-year A.I.M Student, is one of those students. He works for RyeSAC at CopyRite.
“If I have classes ‘till five and have to work at 5:30, it’s a lot easier for me,” he says.
Making money and still having the time for school is concern for all students. Zon, 20, who has been working at CopyRite, since last October, says flexible hours are an advantage to working on campus.
“Let’s say I have a large gap between classes,” says Zon, “they can fit me in. I can use that time to make money.”
Working on campus isn’t only convenient. It can save you money by leaving your TTC tokens in your wallet or your car in the driveway.
Heather Cunningham, a third-year early childhood education student, works the front desk at Pitman hall. She found her job through an ad posted in residence. “I really like the idea that it’s close, and that I don’t have to spend extra money to travel,” she says.
Vanessa Thomas, a second-year journalism student work on campus. “My job is to contact Ryerson alumni and ask them for pledges. It’s really interesting because I have cards with information on Ryerson graduates and get to see where they’ve ended up.” Thomas feels a real connection is made since she is talking to people that were once in her shoes. “It really encourages me when I talk to graduates who are successful, especially if they were in the journalism program. That’s when I feel like I’m seeing my future right before my eyes. It gives me a lot of hope.”
Like Thomas, Dennis Loney, a graduate of the Ryerson hospitality program, believes there is more to school than going to class. He says that by working and volunteering, he enriched his four years at Ryerson and landed him a job on the front-desk at RyeSAC.
“It’s more what I did in university than my actual schooling that got me a job.”
Unlike most student jobs which pay minimum wage, working on campus tends to pay a little more—anywhere from $7 to $10 an hour.
As hard as finding a job may seem, they are available. The Ryerson Career Centre, on the fourth floor of Jorgensen Hall, is a good place to start. The center lists jobs on campus, summer jobs and career opportunities. However some regulations apply as some jobs offered on campus are Ontario Work Study and University Work Study Jobs. This means that the government pays 75 per cent of all employee wages. Students applying for these jobs must have a 60 per cent course load, and be Canadian citizens who have lived here for one straight year. Students must also be in satisfactory academic standing. The Career Centre also offers access to Worklink, which allows students to search the internet for various career positions.