ERIC Number: ED235443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-21
Work on the Campus: Benefits for Student and Institution.
Roark, Mary L.
Part-time campus employment benefits the student, not only financially, but by helping to clarify career goals, and by providing an opportunity to apply classroom learning to work settings. Students gain a sense of themselves as workers, coming to know their skills, interests and limitations. Job placement prospects, whether for temporary or post-degree positions, are enhanced by any work experience. Work also promotes developmental growth in college students in ways that are not available through academic and social experiences alone. Values, skills, emotional maturity, personal identity and integrity are fostered through employment experiences. The institution benefits from its student, cost-effective labor source by paying wages only for hours actually worked and by receiving high quality and productivity. A sense of community and uniformity of mission is increased by using student workers, thus increasing the student retention rate. To maximize student employment a centralized employment service, including public relations, record keeping, a "people bank," information system, and job development activities, should be established on campus. Counselors must enhance the value of work and design a linkage system between academics, campus work, and the community. Local economics, market needs, and community uniqueness must be analyzed so that students can learn to adapt and build their skills to fit future markets. (BL)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Role, College Students, Employment Programs, Higher Education, Individual Development, Opinion Papers, Part Time Employment, School Community Relationship, School Counselors, School Holding Power, State of the Art Reviews, Student Attrition, Student Employment, Student Personnel Services, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Washington, DC, March 20-23, 1983).