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The Student Employment Office

The Student Employment Office is part of Human Resources and is located in the Nichols Building. Contact the office at ext. 4286 or by e-mail at tholland@babson.edu.

Finding a Job

Babson College students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during regularly scheduled breaks, including summer. It is the responsibility of the student to find a position and initiate the interview process. All available jobs will be listed on the On-Campus Jobs listing linked to from the Student Portal. Students should contact the job supervisor if they are interested in interviewing for the position.

Students may work more than one on-campus job. However, when classes are in session, students cannot work more than 20 hours per week. When working more than one job, students must be careful to monitor their total hours to ensure that they do not exceed the 20-hour weekly maximum.

Students may also work off-campus if they wish and are not limited in the number of hours worked per week. Off-campus job opportunities are posted solely through CollegeHelpers.com, a free web site to students. Hundreds of job listings ranging from yard work to bartending, baby-sitting to office work, are received every year and are available to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. If a student is interested in a position, he or she is responsible for contacting the off-campus employer to arrange for work.

The Interview Process

The application and interview process differs among on-campus student jobs. When you contact a supervisor to request an interview, you may be asked to send a resume and/or cover letter prior to the interview, or told to just stop by the office.

Student job interviews are often fairly informal. However, while on an interview, you should:

  • dress appropriately,
  • conduct yourself in a professional manner, and
  • provide accurate information regarding your skills, past work experiences, and/or professional references (if requested).

Supervisors usually address the following topics during a student job interview:

  • responsibilities of the job
  • pay rate for the job
  • job requirements (skill set, experience, etc.)
  • training required to perform the job
  • start date
  • number of hours per week required for the job and available schedule
  • if you have held an on-campus job previously, some supervisors may ask to contact your former supervisor for reference purposes

The Paperwork Process

Once you have been hired into a position, you will complete the appropriate work voucher and confidentiality agreements. All the forms you need to complete can be found on the Portal, under the Office of Student Employment.

IMPORTANT: International students who have not previously held an on-campus job are required to go to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)and the Student Employment Office before working any hours.

Working on Campus

Expectations

Taking an on-campus job involves a commitment. When you accept employment, you become a member of a working unit that depends on you. You are expected to:

  • Report an accurate summary of previous work history to your employer (upon his/her request)
  • Establish a work schedule that does not interfere with your scheduled classes
  • Take the job seriously and perform at the highest level of your ability
  • Treat your supervisor and fellow employees with respect
  • Dress appropriately for the job location
  • Report to work on time
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any changes in work schedule and/or other commitments that affect work availability
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any foreseen delays in reporting to work.
  • Refrain from conducting personal business on the job
  • Take an unpaid half-hour break if working six or more consecutive hours
  • Report accurately the hours you worked
  • Exercise responsible, ethical behavior when using the College’s computing facilities
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times and understand that you may only access Babson College files for business purposes (all students working on campus must sign a FERPA Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Confidentiality Agreement)

The College relies heavily on and highly values its student workers. Your first priority is academics, but while you are at work, you are expected to approach your job professionally and give 100%. Just like any other job, your part-time student job requires commitment. Your job as a college student will form the foundation for your working life. Even if the job is not related to your major or career goals, it will help you to learn about the work world and acquire general work skills that will be useful to you when you graduate.

For more information on expectations and appropriate behavior on the job, please see the Customer Service Guidelines for Student Employees and the Guide to Professional Conduct for Student Employees.

Performance Issues

If your supervisor is not satisfied with your performance, he or she should discuss the concerns with you, issue a verbal or written “warning,” and specify a period of time in which you are expected to improve. If you are unable to meet the supervisor’s expectations, you may be terminated. In extreme cases—such as gross misconduct—your supervisor may terminate your employment immediately, and you may be referred to Academic Services for further review of the circumstances. If you are terminated from a job for reasons other than gross misconduct, and you would like to continue working on campus, you may contact the Student Employment Office for assistance in finding other positions.

Disciplinary/Termination Procedures

Occasionally work-related problems may arise. The Student Employment Office encourages supervisors to resolve attendance or work performance issues before considering termination of the student employee.

Grounds for disciplinary action include, but are not limited to:

  • Tardiness
  • Unexcused absenteeism
  • Reluctance or failure to meet job requirements as listed in the job description
  • Excessive use of phone or computer for personal communications

Disciplinary action might include verbal warnings and written warnings. There are some situations that require more severe and immediate action. Situations that involve gross misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Fraudulent reporting of hours on a time card
  • Theft
  • Being at work under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal substance
  • Willfully misusing, destroying, or damaging College property
  • Insubordination
  • Disclosure or use of confidential information for any reason

Gross misconduct is grounds for immediate dismissal. Please see the Student Employee Handbook for expanded information on addressing performance issues and disciplinary procedures.