I worked at Bellevue College part-time (More than 3 years)
Amazing networking opportunity and I learned tons. The job has some perks but most of it is publicity and a chance to be invited to all the "VIP" college events. The pays ok. Also very few students get to see behind the scenes of how a large college operates and be able to influence its direction.
Plus being able to play with a million or more dollars can be a great learning opportunity. If you do extremely well you will get recognition by members outside of your department which can open doors.
Ultimately you just have to be happy that you are serving students and at the end of the day that's what makes it worth it.
Politics is the name of the game. Whether it's college politics, division, student programs or your teams politics it's going to take a toll on you if you don't enjoy it. Although it will even if you do.
Student programs has had almost a full turnover of staff and is rather dysfunctional and messed up as a whole. Students vs employees takes on a whole new perspective. Honestly just a piece of advice know that the staff will be controlling and it's going tobsuck and occasionally they will be right but at the end of the day you need to remember that they have been there forever and so your new perspective on things might take awhile for them to accommodate and if your team is behind you then your solid.
To do most of the jobs right you will need to spend more like 40 or more hours so just figure out what standard you want to meet and stick to it. Many of us were so far past 40 hours we just stopped counting and we had plenty mpre work to do but it's really an individual choice.
The office environment is loud and lively but then again it is a bunch of students so might not be the best work place but it can be fun.
Advice to Management
We talk about being student centric in almost every official statment and I lost count of how many times I heard that we value a "learning environment". However when it comes time to support the students in these high responsibility roles I very rarely have heard anyone actually ask what changes or accommodations could be implemented to help.
These students know the ins and outs and are extremely competent thus I would request that you sit down and ask them what can be done to improve their work environment and not just what would "improve students experience". The fact that they are students seems to only be of relevant when it's convenient to the college administration.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Bellevue College.
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Then 2nd interview with department manager
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