Many students meet their college expenses by working part time during the
school year or full time during the summer. The Student Employment Office
is available to help students locate work by referring them to a wide variety
of job opportunities. During the academic year, campus and community employers
provide hundreds of temporary and part-time jobs for students. Also, in
the spring semester employers throughout the country communicate with the
office to offer job opportunities to students who are interested in full-time
work during the summer break.
School Year Jobs
Late summer, just before school begins, is the best time to look for a
job because most employers who have part-time positions want to get them
filled before the academic year begins. The CSU, Chico Student Empoyment
Office now uses a new job referral system, Millennium SE. Millennium SE
allows registered students to conduct a complete job search online. The
new job referral system is Web-based, accessible 24-hours per day, and
compatible with most Web browsers. Also, job announcements are posted on
the bulletin board inside the Student Employment Office as soon as they
are received and removed when they are filled. The part-time and temporary
job market in Chico is competitive, so most jobs do not remain available
for very long. It is important to check the board daily and follow up on
all job leads without delay. Most employers look for dependable people
who are fast learners and eager workers. References from previous employers
are handy tools for a job search.
There are other ways of finding employment in Chico. Visiting offices and
businesses to speak with employers about potential openings is effective.
Talking with friends, instructors, and acquaintances about employment is
another way to get useful information. It is important not to get discouraged,
because enough employment is available for those who persist.
Many students work only during the summer months when they leave the Chico
area. Each spring semester, the Student Employment Office sponsors the
Summer and Seasonal Job Fair. Representatives from a variety of resorts,
government agencies, summer camps, and retailers attend and provide information
on employment opportunities for the summer. In addition to earning money
for university expenses, a summer job can be a good way to obtain career-related
work experience. The Student Employment Office provides assistance to those
students who need help locating summer employment. Typical jobs include
summer camp counselor, forestry worker, tour guide, casino employee, and
retail salesperson. The best time to start pursuing a summer job is late
in the fall semester when employers begin announcing openings. Many employers
visit the campus during the spring semester to interview applicants for
Community businesses in Chico have a long history of supporting the university
by providing employment opportunities to help students meet their educational
expenses. Many merchants, particularly those located close to campus, prefer
hiring students because most of their customers are from the university.
Students find employment in restaurants, retail stores, offices, and small
manufacturing companies throughout the Chico community.
Residents of Chico offer thousands of part-time and temporary jobs each
year to students. Some jobs, such as housecleaning and yard care, are continuous,
while others, such as general labor, are temporary. Temporary employment
appeals to students who want flexibility in scheduling work hours and freedom
from making long-term commitments.
On-campus jobs are classified as either work-study or student assistant.
In these, students perform a wide variety of campus roles such as library
aides, clerical aides, graduate assistants, tutors, lab assistants, graders,
maintenance aides, food service workers, and cashiers.
Applicants for the work-study program must demonstrate financial
need by first filing an application through the universitys Financial
Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office issues awards to qualifying students
in amounts which match their financial need. If you receive an award, you
may apply for any position classified as work-study. The Student Employment
Office lists available work-study positions. Your award letter from the
Financial Aid Office is proof you have qualified for work-study, so it
is a good idea to keep it handy while searching for a job.
It is not necessary to demonstrate financial need to
qualify as a student assistant employee. The basic requirement for student
assistant employment is to carry six units as an undergraduate or three
units as a graduate student. The Student Employment Office lists many available
student assistant positions. However, you may consult various university
offices directly about student assistant openings.