Office Technician (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – February 4, 2014
Pros: technological skills
Cons: very low hours
This was my only work study job. It was very interesting to see how work study students were treated compared to normal employees. The hours were great, but management didn't show to much interest in work study student's futures. They were more concerned about students not exceeding the work study budget. I did learn a few technological skills, which has helped me succeed in my classes.
Graduate Assistant (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – October 6, 2015
Pros: Relaxed work environment, supportive supervisor.
Cons: No benefits as my position is temporary full time.
Love working with people, helping out when possible. Finding creative solutions to problems, must be flexible. The pace is either fast or slow so must be able to adapt quickly and know how to fill in empty gaps of time.
Teaching and Research Assistant (Current Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – September 21, 2015
Pros: office on campus, discounted tuition
Cons: low pay
I was responsible for setting up large lab activities. This meant arriving early to prepare materials and open labs for the students. I was responsible for teaching complex geologic concepts to non-science – more... majors. I also graded and managed all of the students work.
This job taught me a lot about patience and what it takes to teach. I loved all of my co-workers, and enjoyed learning from all of them as well. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with student complaints and questions. It often felt like I answered the same question over and over to the same group of people. Being able to constructively work with students was a great way to gain patience.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the Core Kids program. I really enjoyed teaching younger students about geologic concepts. They were all so passionate and helped to remind me why I love geosciences so much. – less
Consumer Education Instructor (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – September 14, 2015
Pros: Positive Work Environment
Cons: Difficult to be hired full-time
The culture at WMU is absolutely amazing. There are so many wonderful professors and staff. Western is a great place to be, and the community is very supportive of the university. I would highly recommend WMU to anyone.
Internship (Former Employee), kalamazoo, MI – September 9, 2015
While interning I was able to grow and learn much more about the mental health spectrum. I was able to help many clients with daily living activities and goals. I was also able to learn more administrative aspects of the health realm.
Productive and fun place to work. I enjoyed going to work everyday.
Office Assistant/OnStaff Temp Agency (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – September 5, 2015
Pros: Friendly co-workers and clients. Always had something to do.
Cons: I always at by myself for lunch. They had a budget cut and had to let me go.
I would get to work and turn on my computer and look at my schedule for the day. I would greet and check clients in and also make their next appointment(s). Answer busy phones and direct clients to the – more... appropriate person or building that they needed. Entered confidential information into the computer. Also, scanned clients consent forms. Called clients the day before to remind them of their appointments. Took vital signs for our psychiatrist. – less
IM Sports (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – August 21, 2015
The best and most fun job I ever worked was at Western. Even during the difficult times, there were always people to help out and there were always policies in place that dictated what actions to take next, so nothing ever felt out of control. Great co-workers, boss, and many opportunities to learn a lot if the opportunities are taken.
Resident Assistant (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – August 3, 2015
Pros: Free room and board
Cons: On call a lot
Great job as an RA. Had to opportunity to have an impact on incoming students, help making them successful for their college career. Having a lot of different personalities to deal with at once was one of the best experiences on my life.
Resident Assistant (RA) (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – June 1, 2015
Pros: Free Lunch, Free Room, Free WiFi, Great group of friends and supporters
Cons: Balance between work, social life and academic life
I worked as a Resident Assistant for 2 years at WMU. The compensation was great! The college had added free WiFi for the whole school year when I started on top of free room and board. It was really great. – more...
Sometimes it was really hard to balance working, social and academic lives. When you had to be on duty for the crazy weekends it was hard to find time to get things done for class. I learned after my first year to try and get things done ASAP if I was scheduled to work one of those weekends.
The management and support I received from WMU was great. The staff was really helpful and supportive to help make us successful to then in turn have happy and healthy residents. There was also a great network between the Resident Assistants, the Hall Directors, Graduate Assistants and the Office of Residence Life to help all of us find work or further studies after undergrad. We all helped each other out. It was really great.
As for advancement there really was not a plan for that unless you became a Graduate Assistant but really that is a whole other job. As you gained experience as a Resident Assistant people looked to you for advise and guidance, but there was no formal outline for job advancement. – less
Architectural Archivist (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – May 9, 2015
With the ability to make our own schedules, the facilities management within western michigan was an excellent place to juggle both work and school. The work itself was quite monotonous, but very interesting – more... as you had access to all the building layouts of every structure to ever have graced the campus. Management was laid back, co-workers were friendly, building was a bit creepy, but overall it was a perfect place to work while attending the college – less
Graduate Student (Former Employee), Physics Department – May 8, 2015
What I learned from WMU:
1.Teaching , grading and proctoring with nice staff and faculty 2.Communication with different people with different countries 3. Excellent faculty and staff help for research – more... , teaching and Graduate studies 4. Worked with friendly and helpful group members 5. Hardest part of the job is to manage work on time, but we did it with better organizing 6. Work with undergraduates and participate for different activities with them are the most enjoyable part when working in this place – less
Assistant Cook (Former Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – March 30, 2015
Whenever there was a time that I needed assistance, there was always a staff member or management there to give guidance. The most enjoyable part of working here was meeting new people, learning to work in different areas of the kitchen to move around.
Educational and rewarding experience working with students
Teaching Assistant (TA) (Current Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – March 19, 2015
Pros: free parking, office
Cons: the pay
A typical day at work included setting up the classroom for the professor and starting up programs on the computer. I administered quizzes organized group projects. After class, I returned to my office – more... where I graded all assignments and met with students as well as the professor to discuss any questions or problems in the class. The TA position is an apprenticeship where I gained the knowledge and skills on how to conduct a college-level classroom and maintain student-professor relations. The hardest part of the job was addressing student plagiarism. It was hard to see a student knowingly copying literature and using it as their own work. However, it provided experience with dealing with a difficult situation and that was rewarding. The most enjoyable part of the job was witnessing students suceed and gain new knowledge. – less
Front Desk Assistant (Current Employee), Kalamazoo, MI – March 11, 2015
Pros: diverse, work environment, co-workers
There isn't a typical work day in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. I assist students, staff, and faculty with various tasks, as well as answering questions. No two days are – more... alike. I've learned many things through this job. I've expanded on my interpersonal skills, as well as my clerical skills. My coworker are great people. They're caring individuals who keep the work place a lively and fun environment. There isn't a part of the job that I find difficult. The most enjoyable part of my job is the gratification I receive from helping people. Even though I'm helping individuals with simple tasks, it bring me joy to simply be able to help someone. – less