student worker (Current Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – February 7, 2016
Normally as a student worker we would help pick up trash in the morning then depending on the season we would either go and mow grass, mulch of tree leaves in the fall and in winter would go and salt entrances and shovel entrances. I learned how to accomplish tasks on a timely manner, work in groups and work well individually. My co-workers are really nice people and help give advice if need be. The hardest part of my job is when other workers take an equipment and then i can not do my job till hopefully the next day. On the other hand a great part of my job is being able to work outside and be able to work a full day and finish work at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.
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 , 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
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
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 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.
Front Desk Assistant (Current Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – March 11, 2015
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 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.
Accounts Payable/Payroll (Current Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – February 11, 2015
I process vouchers, answer the phone and questions, I hand out checks to individuals and I have learned patience with individuals and to ask questions to make sure I am giving them the correct help. At times the hardest part is understanding what a person is needing. We deal with many international students and they do know know our slang and word things different. The most enjoyable part is how understanding and flexible they are.
i deal with a variety of diverse people
i'm not able to work more than 25 hours a week, i'm a student worker
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – February 9, 2015
- Come to school 30 mins early - Prepare class room (powerpoint, excel, assignment prep etc.) - Take attendance - perform powerpoint or material, etc. - Dismiss students after assignment assigned - After class grade worksheets - Lunch, wait for next class period
Temporary Beginner Processor (Former Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – February 9, 2015
This was a "typical" work day, with some overtime occasionally. I've enjoyed the overall job and having a scheduled work week. It was a temporary assignment to assist with the university's busy time of enrollment.
Co-Instructor (Former Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – January 27, 2015
I have worked with upcoming Freshman for most of my college career. A typical day at work included me going into class and assisting the professor in the presentation of topic or assignments. The professor I worked with was a great professor and truly loved his job which made mine rewarding as well. I liked that I was able to be an asset to students if they needed me regarding personal or school life.
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Kalamazoo, MI – January 20, 2015
Western Michigan University has enhanced my life tremendously since I first set foot on campus. The education, the job I have, and the people here are amazing! I have the opportunity to work under a professor to assist with research and other needs that teach me more about higher education and the effort needed to create a successful learning environment.
Social Work Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – November 6, 2014
On a typical day as an assistant consisted of filing student files, making lots of copies for staff and students, and socializing with students and staff; I also was responsible for my own cohort leaving the social work program and a new cohort entering the social work program. I helped plan and organize my own social work cohort's graduation (with flyers, order of service and names of graduating class, flowers, cupcakes, cake, gifts, etc.). I learned organizational skills that would prepare me for the realm of social work.
giving social work student advice for incoming cohorts, helping with outgoing cohort experiences, working with the dean
not alot of supervision ( most questions would be answered at a later time), did alot of organization and planning