There are many of us here at Fontbonne that have the responsibility of full time school, plus a job on top of that. Finding a good one, or at the very least one you don’t loath, can be tricky. As someone that has had three different part time jobs since going back to school, I can tell you that while it may seem impossible there are some very useful tools to help make everything from resume writing to job searching a lot easier.
One of the most useful tools (or people rather) I have found right here at Fontbonne is our career councilor, Christine Keller — she is a fountain of information! She helped me polish my resume to fit more of what I was looking for, offered some great resources for writing a cover letter, and gave me some suggestions on where to look for a job. All I had to do was make an appointment with her, bring the resume I had, and tell her what type of job I’m looking for. As someone going into Art Therapy I’m really looking to work as an admin assistant in a doctors or psychologists office. Getting into these positions is the challenge so anything that makes it easier, or makes me stand out more is beyond helpful.
There are several places you can go to look for a job as well. Fontbonne has a job page here:
I have also found Indeed.com, Craigslist (yes Craigslist), the local hospitals, and even the Yellow Pages to be great tools to find prospective employment. There will be rejection letters, those should be taken in stride, because the job that is the right fit for you will come your way at the right time. Just keep up the determination until you find what you’re looking for! Or until it finds you 😉
This week our topic is sharing your tips about balancing school life and work. Before coming to St. Louis last summer, I had two part-time jobs while earning my undergrad degree. To be honest, I was extremely thankful that I could have a very nice part-time job working as a front desk clerk in a senior residence. During the work, I could still read my books and do homework. Having 25 hours a week of working while being a student is tough. Earning extra money is important, but you need to make sure your academics are doing alright and you can keep them up as well! Nothing is more important than your academics since your degree will help you achieve your dream career — not the part-time job (I always keep that in my mind!). So, it’s important to make sure your job or even other extra curriculars don’t ruin your academic grades.
For me to relieve my stress from my heavy workload, I choose to go to the gym and eat something that I like since exercise helps your body produce endorphins, keeping you relaxed and happy I definitely encourage all of you try to explore exercise that you like and gather your friends to work out together!
Student life is hard, but it’s definitely worth it and will pay off in the future. Let’s work hard and play hard in this semester. We can get through it!
Through a connection made at my internship, I was offered a position as the Shoes and Accessories Coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week this fall. As someone about to graduate with a degree in fashion and wanting to go into event planning, this is absolutely perfect for me. The last couple years, I have helped out backstage for STL Fashion Week as a dresser. It is extremely exciting to now be a part of the back-of-house (BOH) crew throughout the entire planning process. There are some tasks that all of the BOH crew helps out with, but my main role is to pick out shoes and accessories for the designers that will be showcasing their collections. The day of the shows, it will be my responsibility to track all the merchandise and make sure it’s all in the proper order and on the right models. All the information that people need about Fashion Week can be found at saintlouisfashionweek.com. (Look for my picture and biography on there!)
This past Saturday, September 13, the model casting call took place. People that are already signed by modeling agencies came, along with independent models. We had a very good turnout and a lot of talented people come in. I was in charge of measuring and recording all of the model’s bust, waist, and hip sizes. Because there was continuously a long line, this had to be done very quickly, which I feel as if I accomplished. It made me feel very proud when Shannon, the overall producer, told me what great work I did. With all the upcoming Fashion Week meetings, parties, and shows, I will have many more fun stories to tell. Stay tuned!
The check-in process and runway
Many people are looking for summer jobs this summer. The best way to do this is to fill out many job applications and stay persistent. Many food places are hiring, like Qdoba, Panda Express, and many stores in the mall. If you can’t seem to find a job by filling out apps, trying going into the places where you filled out the apps so they can put a face with an application. This will most likely give you a heads up. If you haven’t had a job before, be sure to write down places that you’ve volunteered. This is always good. If none of these seem to work, you may just have to start your own business. Go door to door selling candy, chips, or cookies. You can also set up a lemonade stand or do a car wash. Nobody wants to be broke during the summer!