Connecting Students to Part-Time Employment

Topics: Student Employment, Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Employer Engagement with Career Services

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Many institutions cannot support on-campus employment for all students who seek part-time work to finance their educations. This brief identifies strategies for career services staff to connect with employers, educate students about available part-time positions and job search strategies, and leverage partnerships with nearby institutions, local businesses, and other organizations.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Profiled career services offices do not sponsor formalized programs that directly place students into part-time employment opportunities.

    2. Career services offices with small staffs rely on connections to other area institutions, chambers of commerce, employment agencies, and employer partners to support part-time employment programs.

    3. Career services offices typically do not target or screen out part-time employment opportunities by industry or job responsibilities.

    4. Online platforms represent the most common tool used to connect students to part-time employment opportunities.

    5. Career services offices fill as many as 200 to 300 positions annually through their part-time employment services, with most positions filled early in each semester or shortly before the summer.