A total of 2284 students work on campus at PSU. Of these students, 520 completed the 2013 Student Employment Survey in June of 2013. This infographic explores the quantitative and qualitative data from the survey.
As of May 29, 2013, 2284 students fill 2641 jobs.
Departments with the most student employees:
- Campus Rec
- Helen Gordon Child & Development Center.
61% of students think Career Connect is the best way to find out about on campus employment. 23% of students think the best way is work of mouth.
Primary reasons students seek on-campus jobs:
- 41%: To earn money
- 24%: gives the flexibility needed
- 21%: to get work experience
- 9%: Other
- 4%: To get a professional reference
- 1%: to meet people.
Who are PSU’s student employees?
Average age of undergraduate student employees: 25. Average age of graduate student employees: 29.
Undergraduate student employees have an average GPA of 3.25, .39 points higher than PSU’s average student. Graduate student employees have an average GPA of 3.56, .09 points higher than PSU’s average student.
Student development though on-campus employment
61% of students classify their position as entry level.
Students ranked a number of skills developed though on campus employment
Top skills: 1) Problem solving 2) organizational skill 3) initiative 4) oral communication 5) relationship building;
Bottom skills: 23) supervisory skills 24) sustainability 25) financial management 26) resume writing 27) cover letter writing.
Student reported on particular skills gained due to working in diverse environment
Tolerance: n=184, Acceptance of differences n=22, Knowledge of cultures n=252, understanding n=297, communication n=316, opportunities to interact n=355.
Formal Evalutions: 174 students had a formal evaluation, 86% of those students who had a formal evaluation found it useful. 346 students did not have a formal evaluation, 59% of those students who did not have a formal evaluation thought it would be useful.
Average supervisor rating: A-. Students who rated their supervisor at between a D and F were less likely to recommend working on campus to peers, less likely to feel they developed skills, and less likely to feel adequately trained for their position.
Number of students who believed their on-campus position complemented their academic coursework=318.
Number of students who believed their on-campus position did NOT complement their academic coursework=202. Students who believed their on campus position did not complement their academic coursework in some way reported lower supervisor ratings and lower acquisition of personal and career skills.
At the end of the survey, students were prompted: “Please give us any additional feedback or comments regarding your on-campus student employment experience at PSU.” The following graphs show common themes and explore actual comments from those themes.
61% of students said something position about their experience working on campus.
100% positive, 15% of overall responses, sample quote: “Working on campus is probably the best way to get connected with students and staff. . .the people that work on campus have the most school spirit.”
90% positive, 10% of overall responses, sample quote: “It’s great to work while in school. The hours are very flexible and the people are very understanding.
Growth & Development
71% positive, 23% of overall comments, sample quotes: “I wish my department had more opportunities to progress or learn more skills,” and “I am very grateful that PSU provided an opportunity for me to gain work experience that has helped me do well with jobs outside of campus."
49% positive, 29% of overall responses, sample quotes: “The supervisor created a relaxed, friendly, and productive environment and taught me skills needed during my project work while cultivating friendship,” and “I would like to see some more employment evaluations. I view that if we had them, they could highlight areas that I could do better.”
Policy and Pay
20% positive, 17% of overall responses, sample quote, “I wish it would be possible to get paid every two weeks instead of once a month.”