Working as a Mountie

As Mt. A approaches career week, I investigated jobs that are available here for students on campus. Working as a student not only provides financial aid, but also valuable experience in the workforce with the opportunity to explore possible careers of intrigue. Mt. A Experiential Learning offers support to students such as internships relating to their interests and programs, resume workshops, and campus jobs. 

  Some of the numerous employers that are frequently hiring on campus are the Athletics & Fitness Centres, dining services at Jennings, the Pond, the Writing Resource Centre, the academic departments (looking for teaching assistants), and the residences (for residence assistants and academic mentors). These programs are open to full-time students, part-time students, and post-graduates. 

Internships are also available to students through Experience Mt. A. These are paid internships where students can work at an institution, either locally or internationally, during the academic year or in the summer. Additionally, some opportunities give students the liberty to design a personal internship at a host organization of their choosing in the summer. Both of these programs provide students with beneficial experiences towards potential careers.

I interviewed a couple of students about their experiences working on campus. Emily Crosby, the current Windsor Hall academic mentor, explained her role in helping residents: “I promote academic success within the Windsor community by informing students about the academic resources available for students, such as help centers and the writing resource center.” Crosby then talked about how she learned about this opportunity, “I heard about it via email that the university sent out and I had good experiences with the Windsor academic mentors last year.” Afterwards, she joked, “Watch out for your emails, even though you get about a thousand of them a day. That’s how Mt. A sends out most of their information, including information about possible job opportunities.” Furthermore, Crosby talked about how she manages her studies alongside work: “I basically manage my time by being able to choose my office hours. Office hours are allotted times when students can come to their residence academic advisors and ask questions. As well, I set boundaries with myself.” 

Next, I talked to Emersynn Hefferan, a lifeguard at the Athletics Centre, about her responsibilities, “I ensure the safety of anyone in the pool, usually the Mt. A Swim Team or other students who come in for a lap swim,” she said. Hefferan elaborated on how she heard about this opportunity, “I was a lifeguard in my hometown, so I emailed the Athletics Centre before coming here about working as a lifeguard. I really enjoyed guarding, so I sought it out a bit more.” Then, Hefferan offered some advice for students looking to get a job on campus: “Admittedly, I struggle with time management. Lifeguarding shifts tend to be shorter, so I usually use it as a study break and something to get out and do. Normally my shifts are an hour, so it breaks the evening up.” 

If you have any questions about student employment opportunities, you can reach out to Mt. A Experiential Learning or log into their platform Experience Mt. A using your Mt. A credentials. 

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