Stephania Rodriguez discovered her future career when she became a resident assistant and then a team leader/mentor for the Premier Scholars Program. Every summer, incoming students who want some extra time to make the transition from high school to college life can attend a 10-day immersion on campus. They are guided by role models like Stephania, who decided she wants to pursue a career in student affairs at a college or university.
“I really enjoy working with first-year students,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to major in a field like human resource management, but I know I want to branch off into the student affairs area.” Stephania’s work on campus inspired her to apply for a program called the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She has a mentor on campus, Dean of Students Kimberly Sluis, and attended a conference with the Residence Life staff. She also helped interview job candidates to become area hall directors.
Jeremy Rushing is gaining skills and learning about athletic operations by working in the College’s Sports Information Office. “I work on game-day programs, write hometown press releases about athletes and help with preparations for upcoming home games,” says Jeremy, who’s majoring in English: print journalism. Students in these positions might be asked to write for the athletics website, upload photos, contact another school for roster information and alter publications and scheduling plans due to weather changes. They hire other students to work at sporting events in positions like clock worker, spotter and/or ball boy.
As part of his duties, Jeremy is the public address announcer and scoreboard operator for volleyball and soccer games. During home football games, he operates the video board and tweets updates about the game for the athletics department Twitter page. “I feel this experience sets me up for many jobs in the athletic field because I’ve learned a lot about the inner workings of the North Central’s athletic department,” he adds.
Megan King spent a year in the College’s Business Affairs Office and eventually was given the responsibility of helping with the audit process. “After graduation in June, they asked me to stay on and the year-end audit gave me a very in-depth accounting experience,” says Megan, who majored in Spanish and accounting: C.P.A.
Her campus work helped her land a staff auditor position with the firm Corbett, Duncan and Hubly. “My interview was very technical and if I hadn’t worked on the year-end audit, there’s information I wouldn’t have known.
“I would definitely suggest to any student to search for jobs on campus in their area of study,” she adds. “Many students feel they need to go elsewhere to get experience when the experience is really just right there. I loved my job at North Central and would recommend getting a campus job to anyone!”