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The Lookout | October 18, 2018

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Fair connects students to jobs

Fair connects students to jobs

Shelby Schueller
News Editor

Students spoke one-on-one with employers about several student jobs available on campus during the LCC Job Fair Sept. 9.

The job fair occurred on LCC’s main campus in Gannon Building room 244.

“I think on the whole, it’s a great thing to get students connected with actual hiring managers,” said James Woolcock, LCC student employment coordinator.

“The biggest benefit is … to get a better sense of what those jobs entail, the people that are in that department. Ultimately I think that enhances the fit between the hiring department and the student.”

According to Woolcock, about 87 students came to learn about the 12 departments that were represented at the fair. The departments included Student Life, Continental Services, Learning Commons and LCC Police. There were also representatives from LCC West and North campuses. East Campus is also hiring, but was not in attendance at the fair.

Woolcock said there are about 47 student positions currently available as of Sept. 10. The majority of these jobs involve clerical work and providing customer service to other students, though some involve physical labor, are technology oriented or are paid internships.

Most of LCC student employees currently make $8.50 per hour. Interns, who have shorter-termed, project-based positions, earn $9.35 per hour.

To be eligible for employment, students must be enrolled in at least six credits (12 for international students) and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. The majority of student jobs on campus work around class schedules, according to Woolcock.

Woolcock advised students to regularly check the hiring website, www.lcc.edu/studentjoblink, for new positions, and to be active in applying in order to get hired faster.

LCC Student A’jia Jackson said she feels as though there are more employment opportunities for her on campus than off campus.

“Because I’m an LCC student and they are looking for LCC students, it probably will be easier for me to get a job here,” she said. “It’s not like somewhere else where they’re hiring anybody from the area. … Here they’re only hiring LCC students so it’s a little easier.”

LCC Student John Riley mentioned the convenience of working on campus.

“It’s close to where school is at and I just think it’s going to be a nice place to work if I do it right on campus,” he said.

Woolcock said the jobs student can get on campus can potentially help them gain relationships to help them later in their careers, especially those who have never had a paid job before.

“It’s all about trying to ultimately … start getting those kinds of jobs and experiences that are related to what (students are) going to be doing long term,” he said. “It builds confidence, it builds skills; it builds their network relationships to people in that field.”

Students can view all current job postings and apply at www.lcc.edu/studentjoblink. For further assistance or to ask questions, students may visit the Star Zone and speak to a Customer Relations Specialist.

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