By David Kaplan
If you are a CSU Bakersfield student looking for an on campus job, there is no shortage of jobs. CSUB students are employed every quarter at the eateries, such as The Runner Cafe, Rowdy’s, Togo’s and Peete’s Coffee as well as different CSUB centers, the Walter Stiern Library, Admissions and Records, the Student Recreation Center and the Cashier’s Office.
Student Union Director, E.J. Callahan said the Student Union hires 10-12 student assistants a year.
“There’s a lot of office assistance work at the desk,” Callahan said. “It looks good on a resume, they do get experience working in an office environment, especially the general customer service.”
Front desk Information Specialist Krystal Woods said she answers questions that students and parents have and will occasionally help with events.
Facility Assistant Marc Kirby cleans the Student Union building and sets up and tears down for events, such as events in the multipurpose room.
Kirby’s favorite memory working at the Student Union was when he worked last year’s “Extra Life” charity event.
“It was just cool to see that many people get together for a charity events, and I like gaming,” he said.
The event was put on by campus gamers and benefited the Children’s Hospital.
Both Woods and Kirby find that their Student Union employee experience has been good working experience for them and will help them when they are working after college.
“You learn about professional relationships,” Woods said. “It’s a lot different than talking to your professors.”
Working for an employer on school has added benefits that students will not have off campus.
“The benefit of an on campus job is they really work with your schedule,” Kirby said. “They understand that school is first, which you won’t get working somewhere else.”
Student Union workers receive minimum wage.
Career Education and Community Engagement
The Career Education and Community Engagement offers numerous jobs.
“CECE offers a variety of jobs: part-time (both on and off campus), federal work-study, internships, local volunteer and career positions,” CECE Director Markel Quarles said.
Student Recreation Center
The Student Recreation Center has numerous jobs offered from student manager positions, to personal trainer positions, to marketing assistant positions to climbing rock assistants and more.
The SRC will be hiring new rock wall staff.
“Working at the Rec is a great job to have on campus,” SRC Director Mary O’Mahoney said. “It’s fun. We work around your class schedule, and there are many opportunities for personal and professional development. Our staff gains leadership experience as well as a number of transferable skills to prepare them for life after CSUB. There is opportunity for upward mobility within the Rec. We look for outgoing students, who value teamwork and want to deliver quality service to all our guests.”
There are 11 different tutoring centers on the CSUB campus, which employ students.
The Writing Center in particular is accepting job applications right now. Writing Center tutor requirements include, passing a grammar test, a faculty recommendation, two five-page writing samples from a college class and a resume.
“We prefer majors in English, but we’re open to people in other disciplines,” Writing and Tutoring Center Coordinator Jeff Eagan said.
Writing Center tutors went to a writing center conference at CSU Fresno in March and will go to Westmont College in Santa Barbara this February.
“I would say an intangible benefit is helping students improve,” Eagan said.
Eagan added that working with students as a tutor and watching them go through the struggle and then the improvement and understanding, is very fulfilling.
Minimum pay is $12 an hour. Promotions are possible depending experience. Each tutoring center has one lead tutor.