A part-time job is as essential to college students today as a good pair of jeans. On their second day of classes, UNC Pembroke students crowded into the James B. Chavis University Center for the annual Part-time Job Fair.
Jah-Mesha Cumbatch and Nate Stainback sign up for the job fair.
“I am looking to pay tuition next semester, instead of taking out loans,” said Jah-Mesha Cumbatch, a freshman from Fayetteville.
“I have a partial track scholarship and some loans, so a job would help,” said Nate Stainback, a freshman from Concord. “I would like something that looks good on my resume too.”
Doris Paul, right, talks jobs with Patricia Fields, executive director of the Givens Performing Arts Center.
“I am looking for anything that pays,” said Doris Paul, a junior from Lumberton.
“I’ll do anything that works with my schedule,” said Angel Howley, a junior from Fayetteville. “I’ve had jobs in retail and restaurants.”
More than 300 students signed in, and the Career Center gave them tip sheets to match their skills with jobs. Dr. Karen Pruett said the event was “a big success” in part because of its timing at the start of classes.
“We plan for this to be our signature ‘Welcome Week’ event for years to come,” Dr. Pruett said. “Student employment is an important aspect of the collegiate experience for most students. Not only does part-time employment allow students the opportunity to supplement their income, but it also gives them the opportunity to fine tune transferable skills that will be important when pursuing future career goals and employment opportunities.”
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2014), some of the qualities employers want to see in recent graduates include problem solving skills, communication skills, ability to obtain and process information and the ability to plan and organize.
“Part-time employment is one of the ways students can develop their professional skills prior to graduation,” Dr. Pruett said.
Tiffany Bellamy talks with campus photographer Raul Rubiera Jr. about cameras.
Raul Rubiera Jr., the campus photographer, was looking for some specific skills, and he had some luck.
Jordan Kornegay, a freshman from Holly Springs, N.C., brought his own single lens reflex camera with him to the table.
“I am good at Photoshop, and I want to get into videography here at Pembroke,” Kornegay said.
Morgan Hunt, director of the Office of Alumni Relations, had a long wish list. “I’m looking for people to help with events, graphic design, work the phon-a-thon and do information technology,” she said.
Hunt found some outstanding prospects. After hearing a very polished 90-second pitch from Natavia Morris, a senior, Hunt said, “I am putting her card in my pocket.”
BB&T representatives were on hand. With approximately 800 employees in the county, they are one of the area’s largest employers.
“We’re looking for some great associates,” said John Astle, who works in human resources for the bank. “We’ve employed many UNCP students. I am pointing them to our website and the job listings there.”
In every group, there is one story that is a little different. On this day, it was Liu Yuan, a visiting scholar and English language teacher from China who will study at UNCP for only one semester.
“Yes, I would like a job,” she said. “I want to explore life in America deeply, including work.”
Liu Yuan has already made an important discovery about college culture here. It often comes with a job.
Mihaela Henderson, assistant director of the Career Center, coordinated the Part-time Job Fair. For more information about part-time jobs on campus, please contact the Career Center at (910) 521-6270 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.