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Kiera Jackson orders from The Hungry Cat Food Truck on the end of Park Place on Ohio Universities campus in Athens, Ohio, on Aug. 25, 2022.

Where to work this year at Ohio University

One of the toughest lessons to learn as an adult is how quickly one's hard-earned cash can evaporate right before their eyes. The independence and responsibility of fending for yourself can be empowering, but that feeling can rapidly disappear when your bank account starts to deflate as if you've stuck a pin in it.

One way to ensure that nightmare doesn't become a reality is to find a job, specifically one offered through Ohio University. 

Here are some of the many employment options that OU offers, most of which are 10-15 hours a week to accommodate one's class schedule. 

If you aren't sure what part-time occupation best suits you, plugging your name and email into OU's job alerts page will allow you to select fields that you might be interested in and receive emails about similar positions.

From barista to student marketing and communications assistant, this page will send you alerts for a wide range of jobs and include a full description of each position. In addition to sending alerts, this page will assist you in the application process for jobs after you create an account.  

This feature can be very helpful for those trying to find jobs more directed towards their major or those who prefer an office space over getting their hands dirty. 

For those purely looking for a steady flow of income to fund a night out on Court Street, Ohio Culinary Services is a great option as they are ALWAYS in need of more employees. 

This doesn't just mean working in the dining halls, there are many other positions that the department is looking to fill. For example, any one of the quaint cafes located in the library or marketplace and the marketplaces themselves are up for grabs.

If you have experience as a waiter or would be interested in gaining some, Latitude 39 is an option, too. You can even work in the Hungry Cat Food Truck located around campus.

Not interested in working that closely with food? No problem, you can apply to serve as a student coordinator or office assistant all under the umbrella of Culinary Services as well. 

Moving on to another huge employer on campus, Alden Library is always happy to welcome new members to its team. While a job at the library may seem pretty straightforward, there are actually differences depending on which floor you pick. 

The Frederick and Kazuko Fine Arts Library is located on the third floor of Alden and contains numerous examples of visual arts, coupled with technology that students can utilize to further their degree or simply explore as a hobby. This floor may be perfect for you if you are into the visual arts (specifically photography and art from Asia). 

Another section in Alden is the Center for International Collections on the first floor. If you are an international student or simply someone interested in other cultures, this floor is where you could go to accomplish that. 

While not located in Alden, The Library of Music and Dance is still under Alden's employment range. On the fifth floor of Glidden are music recordings, books written on the history of music and dance and transcribed musical scores.

If any of these topics interest you, why not get a job in one of these sections and learn more about said interest while you earn some money? 

Finally, those who qualify for student aid and have kept their FAFSA up to date have the opportunity to be employed through the Federal Work Study. This program makes it easier to apply for community service jobs at your campus and strives to create an employment schedule around your schoolwork and classes. 

If you qualify, there will be an option in your Ohio Student Center to fill out an application for this program. 

Another option is the Program to Aid Career Exploration, or PACE program. This program (if you qualify) assists one in finding a paid internship in their respective field, however, students cannot participate in both PACE and Federal Work Study programs at the same time. 

Hopefully, with this knowledge, you can feel a little bit better if you arrived in Athens with less money to your name than you would have liked.

Even if you aren't desperate for extra cash, sign up for OU's Jobs Alert notification system. You never know what opportunities might come your way.


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