With summer right around the corner, many students are expectedly looking for ways to fund their bank accounts. With this in mind, Missouri Western State University has several open opportunities for students to take on summer jobs. The school is featuring a wide variety of options to meet student needs.
Missouri Western's Head of Recreational Activities, Emily Ludwig, stated her beliefs regarding the impact student employment has on campuses.
"I would say that student employment is essential for campus life because it brings a level of understanding of the campus operations to students that they really don't get anywhere else," Ludwig said.
Currently, Missouri Western has open positions for the MoWest Elite Cheer Team's Eboard, the Center for Student Involvement and lifeguard positions for the Missouri Western State University pool. Goin' Postal has also advertised for part-time jobs ranging from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"I will be perfectly honest, we could not function without our student employees," Ludwig continued. "They get a very high level of experience with their jobs...that they can utilize outside of the university setting."
Starting pay for the lifeguard position is the campus minimum wage of $10.30 per hour. As of January 1, 2022, there will be a pay increase to $11.15 per hour as the campus progresses towards an eventual $12.00 per hour student wage. Any students that are interested in the lifeguard positions can expect to work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an opportunity to garner more hours should the university allocate for private reservations.
Sophomore Mitchell Kline, a student worker at the Missouri Western library, shared his thoughts on his time as a student worker.
"I'd say that my job at the college is a pretty great deal," Kline said. "I work at the library as a student worker, and they work around my schedule completely and to add on top of that, I sometimes have the time to study and get school work done while on the job. I would very much recommend it to anyone that wants to make some cash during the semester while not compromising study time."
Elizabeth Voga, an incoming freshman to Missouri Western State University, gave her opinion of the campus' employment opportunities as well.
"I think that it's really good that the college puts such an emphasis on summer employment opportunities," Voga said. "While I do have my own stuff going on this summer, it is definitely something I wouldn't mind taking a look at in the future."