Pasco-Hernando Work Study Position
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Brooksville, Florida – September 28, 2014
As a work study in two of the busiest departments on campus I had the opportunity to interact with people (young and old) on a daily basis. At different times of the day I was a receptionist, secretary, hand holder, research assistant, and community outreach coordinator.
In the Financial Aid Department I was part receptionist, part secretary, part research assistant, I assisted students in finding the websites necessary to apply for federal financial aid, student loans and scholarships.
The Encore Academy is a program that encourages 50+ adults to continue their education in order to make them more job ready.
Working in the Financial Aid Department and as the Assistant to the Encore Program Manager afforded me the opportunity to learn which websites needed to be filled out and what paperwork needed to be submitted for review by the advisers. When students received letters from the school asking for paperwork, I could often save them several hours of wait time by reviewing the letter and documents. If they had everything we asked for, we made copies for our file and the student could go home. If something was missing, we would explain what was still needed and asked them to return when they had everything.
The hardest part of the job was when I had to tell people that they didn't qualify for financial aid or scholarships. It never got easier.
The most enjoyable parts of the job were when I was able to give people like myself (50+) the courage to start college. When I was able to help them to take classes that would help them to obtain up-to-date college skills
Hours are based upon my school schedule, and it saves gas by working in the same place I go to school.
It is part-time work with no set amount of hours, some terms I've had 25 hours per week, some 15 hours and this semester only 10, there is no rhyme or reason to how many hours I'm allotted, as a part-time worker I don't get any benefits or paid time off.