Pursuing Your Career

Job Opportunities: ‘University City’

We spend 4 to 5 years of our lives completing a college degree, our goal to find suitable employment “in the real world” after graduating. Then what happens?! Thousands upon thousands of new college graduates enter the job-search realm, and many of the students will wait well over 6 months before they find work. Adding insult to injury, the jobs obtained by new college graduates often are in fields not related to their college studies (we’ll get to that in the next post). Let’s look now towards older, seasoned professionals who find themselves out of work due to layoffs. Too many of these individuals end up unemployed for over a year only to find job opportunities that are less than exciting and in different fields. The question for many of these seasoned and new job seekers is where are all the jobs? One place I find most of these seekers don’t look is where a great variety of decent-paying jobs are: on college and university campuses.

Now, I know there are already readers thinking “I don’t want to teach.” I get that. I worked as a college professor for a time, and it became a role that didn’t suit my interests from a “full time” gig. I left teaching behind and yet I have remained employed on college campuses, full time, since 2003. Are you a little confused?

No worries. There is a simple explaination. I enjoyed counseling students and providing career guidance, and since 2003, I have worked full time in an academic and career counselor role. Colleges and universities are small cities in and of themselves. As with any city, a wide range of professionals are needed to keep a “university city” running smoothly. The faculty make up just a portion of the actual work force on any given campus, which means opportunities for professionals outside of professors and instructors are available. What kind of opportunities exist? That’s a long list. To see the options and possibilities, visit the webpage of a local college or university and look for a link to employment opportunities, a link often on the college’s main webpage. Often times, jobs are broken down into categories including faculty, professional staff, researchers, and at state colleges, classified professionals. As for the range of job types, here’s a short list of what colleges need:

  • Accountants
  • Chefs
  • Coaches
  • Computer technicians
  • Custodians
  • Digital media/communication professionals
  • Electricians
  • Event planners/hospitality professionals
  • Financial advisors
  • Lawyers
  • Marketing professionals
  • Mechanics
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists/athletic trainers
  • Plumbers
  • Secretaries
  • Security/police officers
  • Tutors
  • Writers (grant and/or general copywriters)

At larger universities, the list of job opportunities can be overwhelming. Suffice to say, colleges and iniversities usually have ample job opportunities which are often overlooked by job seekers. Now, the positions often pay less than equivalent positions with private companies. However, college/university positions usually come with good health and retirement benefits. For those looking to continue their education, working for a college could also provide discounted or free tuition for the professional, their spouse and their dependents. Free college tuition for your kids is a HUGE benefit!

All in all, for anyone looking for work, take time to check out local colleges and universities. You may just find openings for your dream job.

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