Why Volunteer?

My most recent experience with volunteering was for Audio Reader. Audio Reader is a service for the blind and visually impaired, in which a network of volunteers read daily newspapers, magazines, and books on-air. The service is free to any person whose eyesight or physical condition prevent the ability to read newspapers or books. Listeners receive a specially tuned radio, on loan from Audio Reader, which is how they are able to access Audio Reader content. Volunteers read from the Kansas Public Radio studios on the KU campus.
I was an Audio Reader volunteer for about 6 months, and it was a good experience. I got to know the friendly staff who worked for Audio Reader. I read newspaper articles from the Topeka Capital Journal, as well as the weekly HyVee ad. This not only helped me stay up-to-date on local and regional news, as well as grocery store deals, but it allowed me to practice reading out-loud, for clarity and accuracy, a very useful skill.
The reason I volunteered for Audio Reader is because I knew several people who had volunteered there, and had had good experiences with it. I was also exploring new career opportunities at the time, and was interested in possibly pursuing a career in radio. This experience gave me a taste of what that might be like.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain skills and new experiences, all while doing some good in the world. Where are you volunteering these days?
By Ellen
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Back to School Jitters

It’s the first day of classes and already the University seems to be running at full speed. Numerous students, staff, and faculty have clearly been preparing long before now in order to be primed for today. The University Career Center (UCC) is no exception. The staff has been hard at work all summer to ensure that this year and all its upcoming events will run smoothly, especially since the first such event is already upon us: the Part-Time Job Fair.

For underclassmen in particular, the first day of classes is all about exploration: learning the quickest paths to and from classrooms, meeting professors and teaching assistants, joining clubs, and, of course, finding a part-time job to fund your online shopping addiction. However, finding a part-time job can be a daunting endeavor, and for the many students who didn’t bring their cars to school, travel to and from interviews may be difficult. If you missed today’s Part-Time Job Fair, check out employment.ku.edu.  There are a ton of on-campus jobs available right now (including a few at the UCC).

If you’re still unsure of which field you’d like to work in, take advantage of some of the opportunities that the Career Center offers year-round:

  • Career coaching is free for all KU students. We help you in all stages of career planning whether you haven’t selected a major or you already have your career path outlined.
  • HawkQuest is an online service that asks students a variety of questions to help identify your passions and interests, and then suggests possible careers and majors that fits those interests.
  • Attend the Volunteer Fair next Wednesday (August 30th) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Kansas Union. Volunteering is a great way to expand your skill set while helping a worthwhile organization.

We look forward to seeing you at the UCC this year! Don’t forget we moved! Find us in Room 206 of Summerfield Hall.

By: Kendall, UCC Marketing Intern and Sophomore student studying finance

True Life. I need money!

Money is an essential piece to survival; however, it’s not the end all to be all. As a college student you have probably thought about making extra money more than usual. Every year the University Career Center hosts a part time job fair to help students find part-time jobs. This isn’t an article on why you need money, it’s an article on why part-time jobs are life changing. Here are three reasons why:

  1. EXPERIENCE is the best teacher! The old adage is true. You cannot put a price on experience and the lessons you learn from a part-time job. No matter the position the experience gained is priceless and ultimately will set you up for success.
  2. SKILLS – you have to build. How will you build these skills? YES, you guessed it… by getting a part-time job. All skills are transferrable. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. The skills you learn being a cashier, a mechanic, or a front desk assistant can all be used the same in multiple roles. Think about the skills you want to build and seek that out in a part-time job.
  3. FUN! Aside from making extra money you will also have fun gaining experience, building your skill set, and meeting new people. Don’t let working intimidate you, make it a fun and positive experience by, of course, being professional, but enjoying yourself as well.

Lastly, we hope that you are excited for the new school year and look forward to seeing you at the Part-Time job fair TODAY in the Kansas Union on the 4th floor from 9:00am-4:00pm! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

By: Nikita Haynie, UCC Career Coach

This is the final in a three-part series about the benefits of part-time jobs.