Social Work Intern TN State Legislature (Former Employee) – Clarksville, TN – July 25, 2013
Accepted all calls from constituents needing social services and connected them with local resources. Researched and analyzed statistical information for proposed Bills and presented findings to House Representatives. Spearheaded and conducted community outreach efforts for women and children living in local safe houses as victims of Domestic Violence.
Expectations were set higher than needed. I was expected to do 40 hours of work in 20 hours and was reprimanded for exceeding my hourly limit. The environment was incredibly cutthroat and nothing could be done to change the situation. Go somewhere else to get your master degree.
The managers were not very hands-on and willing to teach their workers. They left all the training up to graduate assistants who are pretty decent people but they're still learning their way around like the average worker. The days didn't consist of much but cleaning and literally walking in circles but I couldn't complain about the job itself. It is simply the people working there that make the Foy, the recreation center where the fitness attendants are, not so great.
I come in to see if there are any tasks to be complete or errands (mail run) to be ran. I answer and direct phone calls to various nursing professors. I file, copy, email, scan and fax important documents between offices. The job itself is overall a benefit to my college lifestyle.
Most of the work was welcoming students and parents. Answering questions and concerns they may have had about financial aid. I learned a lot about computer programming while there but interested in day to day activities of a company.
Associate Professor (Current Employee) – Clarksville, TN – March 12, 2017
The university is a nice place to work, but the bureaucracy is continually expanding and, as is true with all higher education, the nature of the job is changing. Students are becoming customers and the job of encouraging critical thinking skills is being supplanted with vocational skills. Professional schools such as education, nursing, and business are economic motivators pushing aside questions of why and with what consequences. Overall it is a great place to work, but unfortunately society undervalues the skills it enables.
Raymond C. Hand Park (Current Employee) – Clarksville, TN – February 27, 2017
Working for the baseball team at Austin Peay has been a great learning experience. I have learned a great deal about how an organization works and how everyone has a role of importance no matter who you are or what you do.
For example, I myself, take care and take an enormous pride in the way the field looks and how well the surface plays. Its importance is huge when it comes to the outcome of games, the attitude of the player and staff and can be a determinate of whether or not a recruit comes to Austin Peay or not.
At Austin Peay I was charged with the task of turning a perennial loser into a respectable program with very limited resources and a support staff that was unwilling to put forth effort and think outside of the box to create better results. In my three years there we had three athletic directors which contributed to the lack of direction within the department.
This campus has continued to grow exponentially over the past 10 years. If you work in an areas that directly works with the students you probably have a good position. However, if you have a position that is not directly working with students you are probably understaffed and grossly underpaid. Such was the situation I found myself for the almost nine years of employment in management. The job became more and more demanding and there was no additional staffing given to handle the extra demands or resources of any kind. We were told by the new president that the goal was going to be to double our student population again and those departments who directly worked with the students would see additional funding and resources. However, those of us who indirectly supported the campus were just tough out of luck as we labored away at our same old jobs having more work and no additional pay or resources given to us. I was on this job for nearly 5 years before I even got my first .25 cent raise. I was told such is the life in a State institution. While you watch management and Professors get thousands added to their payroll, or you see others get declassed into a new position just so they can get a higher salary, including your on bosses to the tune of $10,000 and $20,000 more per year.
Working for the university allows for interaction with individuals from various walks of life. Management is great and flexible by working with those who have families as well as those who are trying to further their education.
I loved working at my university and helping the physical geology class students learn. I never really doubted my self because I had already taken the class and several higher course classes. I enjoyed every professor I assisted. Some of the students you had to keep a close eye on but for the most part I loved the job.
Fun job, co-workers, right down the hall from classes
Program Intern (Former Employee) – Clarksville, TN – May 29, 2016
being productive and critical thinking. confidentiality plays a big role working with both students and veterans. broadens your horizon to the things that are happening around you that most people are unaware of.