The Student News Site of Stony Brook University

The Statesman

39° Stony Brook, NY
The Student News Site of Stony Brook University

The Statesman

The Student News Site of Stony Brook University

The Statesman


    Summer Work Is Drying Up

    “It has been very difficult for me to find a part-time job,” said Rebecca Cheng, a freshman at Stony Brook University. “Being a student, it’s hard to find a job that is accommodating to your school schedule. You have to be able to have time to dedicate to studying and doing homework.”

    For months it’s been reported that the United States is in a full-blown recession. Stock prices keep falling, the automotive industry and banking industry require bailouts from the government and the unemployment rate keeps on climbing. Retail stores such as KB Toys, Circuit City, Fortunoff, and The Sharper Image — stores where many college students seek part-time work — have also struggled with the current economic conditions and have had to file for bankruptcy and close their doors within the past year.

    A survey that was conducted in March by hourly job web site and research firm IPSOS Public Affairs found that 46 percent of managers that usually hire hourly summer employees will not be conducting any job searches this summer. The survey also found that 48 percent of the managers who are hiring will be hiring 10-50 percent less employees than they did last summer. Overall, employers expect more applications this summer than last year.

    Shamell Forbes, a junior, found his part-time job at Express because a friend on campus told him they were hiring over the holiday season. His concern now is working hard so he still gets hours at his job. “People get laid off all the time. They just tell you that you aren’t needed anymore, so you have to work extra hard for hours,” Forbes said. “The store is constantly losing money so we have to cut back on shifts and we won’t be getting our annual raises.”

    Karen Clemete, a student employment coordinator at the Career Center, is very optimistic about students finding part-time positions within the community, they just need to use the resources available to them on-campus. According to Clemete, 190 students acquired jobs through the Career Center’s job listing site ZebraNet since August 2008, and that number only reflects the number of students that gave feedback to the Career Center. Overall, the Career Center has earned students a combined 1,740,323 since August 2008.

    “The best advice for our students is to really get your resume worked on,” Clemente said, “Build your resume whether you don’t want to leave campus and get a job on-campus. Even in a club or organization, take a position — it shows leadership.” The Career Center has resume workshops from 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    For Clemente, she strives to see students get part-time positions that relate to their major. “I really like to see students go towards the field they want to go into. It gives them an opportunity to say, ‘Is this really for me?'” Clemente said. She used the example about how if a student wants to become a doctor, they should work in a doctor’s office because they will get to experience first-hand what a doctor actually does before getting into the field.

    Balancing the hectic schedule of college classes, studying, and working appear to be a roadblock for a lot of students. Nicole Alimario, a senior, just wanted a seasonal position at the University Bookstore in order to save money and have time for her studies. “It’s easy because the bookstore needs many people to work the floor during rush week,” says Alimario, “It’s a nice environment with friendly people. I made a lot of friends that week.” As for now, Alimario is just focusing on finding a full-time position for after graduation.

    While part-time jobs may be harder to come by, especially within the retail business, Stony Brook students at the very least can get the guidance from the Career Center on how to find a job to help them get through college.

    “I would love to see students come [to the Career Center] more,” Clemente said. “I’ll have students come in here saying ‘just find me a job.’ They need to focus more, but even if they are unfocused, still come in, I’ll see any student if they need direction.”

    Leave a Comment
    Donate to The Statesman

    Your donation will support the student journalists of Stony Brook University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

    More to Discover
    Donate to The Statesman

    Comments (0)

    All The Statesman Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *