Looking for some extra cash? Jobs can help you make some

Tracy Mariano, sophomore in FAA, works as a patron services host at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Krannert hires students for jobs including hosts, bar tenders, sales, and catering. Beck Diefenbach

Tracy Mariano, sophomore in FAA, works as a patron services host at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Krannert hires students for jobs including hosts, bar tenders, sales, and catering. Beck Diefenbach

By Stephanie Lulay

Although some students receive financial aid and scholarships to relieve the financial burden of college, many students still choose to work while attending the University for a little extra cash or to help pay expenses.

One great resource to help students to find a job is the University Virtual Job Board.

The intention of the board is to assist students in finding part-time employment to help them meet their needs while attending the University. The Web site for the board is http://www.osfa.uiuc.edu/employ/virtualjob_brd.htm.

“I’ve used the site to find jobs, and its extremely helpful,” said Ashley Toms, junior in ACES. “It’s organized well and you know that these jobs are compatible with student life.”

The site is divided into three categories: federal work-study programs, University positions and non-University positions.

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    According to the Office of Student Financial Aid Web site, working while in school can provide a number of benefits to students.

    Many employers look for someone who has previous work experiences and proven to be a dependable individual in a work environment.

    Working a job right now also gives you the option to test out an interest that may be related to your major or help you develop a career after you graduate.

    Additionally, national statistics show that students who work an average of 12 to 15 hours a week develop effective study habits and perform better academically than students who are not employed.

    Each year, University housing also employs more than 1,500 students in a variety of jobs, including the dining service in resident halls.

    They also employ resident advisors, multicultural advocates in the undergraduate and Sherman Halls, desk clerks and a computing services staff.

    These jobs can prove to be a convenient option for students looking for work, as they are all located on campus with flexible hours.

    While most University jobs pay minimum wage, some can pay more.

    Campus Recreation also employs many students, as well as many individual departments within the University.

    To be eligible for employment at the University, students must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours per term and be able to work up to 30 hours per week if employed. u