MVCC Student Employee Newsletter

November 2014

In this Issue:

  • The Difference Between Budgeted and Work Study Student Employees
  • Last Day to Work
  • Student Employee Evaluations: Purpose and What you Need to Know
  • Tips from Fellow Student Employees

The purpose of this newsletter is to assist student employees in understanding expectations and policies in order to retain employment positions and develop stronger transferable and adaptable skills.

The Difference Between Budgeted and Work Study Student Employees

Students often ask us what the difference is between work-study and budgeted student employment positions. Where can you find out which you are and what rules might apply to you differently depending on which category you fall under?

Work Study Student Employee V.S. Budgeted Student Employee:

  • A work-study position is found on campus through the same application process as a budgeted student employee.
  • Work-study student employees are paid out of a financial-aid amount granted to them through their financial package with MVCC. Students must apply for this package in order to receive it. For more information on how to apply contact Financial Aid
  • Budgeted student employees are paid out of the department's budget rather than financial aid, hence the term "budgeted".
  • To find out whether you are budgeted or work-study you may ask your supervisor, or contact the Job Resource Center at (708) 974-5737
  • Both types of student employees must be enrolled in 6 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer semester, work-study employees must be enrolled in 6 credit hours and budgeted employees must be enrolled in 3 credit hours.
  • Both types of student employees may not work more than 20 hours while classes are in session, however different rules for working over breaks apply to both categories. For more information please read our next section: Last Day to Work

Last Day to Work

The last day of the fall semester you can work is Friday December 19, 2014. If you are a work-study employee, you will not be allowed to work after December 19.

If you are a budgeted student employee you will only be allowed to work a maximum of 25 hours per week during breaks. The dates of winter break that students can work are:

  • Winter Break: December 22 – 23 & January 5 – 9

Additionally, student employees may only work when the college is open. Therefore, the following days during Winter Break student employees are not permitted to work because the college is officially closed:

  • December 24 – January 4

Please remember to monitor your hours and make sure you are not working over your allotted amount. It is your responsibility as well as your supervisors to make sure you are only working the amount of hours you are allowed to work per the student employee handbook and the hours your supervisor has assigned.

Student Employee Evaluations: Purpose and What You Need to Know

It's that time of the semester again, performance evaluation time! While performance evaluations may seem a little scary if you have never had one before, there is little need to be worried.

The purpose of a performance evaluation is to provide a formal opportunity for a student employee and supervisor to sit down and discuss the employee's overall performance, personal strengths, and areas for growth and improvement. This is a crucial time for employees to clarify expectations with supervisors and respectfully ask questions. This is not a time to challenge your supervisor or argue with them.

How is the performance evaluation completed? Supervisors are asked to evaluate your work performance on the following criteria:

  • Ability to effectively communicate
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Ability to participate as a productive member of a team
  • Understanding of utilizing information and technology effectively
  • Ability to implement self management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate personal responsibility and professional maturity

You will be rated by the following scale:

  • Improvement Needed
  • Meets Expectations
  • Exceeds Expectations

Your supervisor will sit down with you and review their evaluation. After you have discussed the evaluation in detail, you will sign it. Signing your evaluation signifies that you have received your supervisors feedback and have discussed it thoroughly. You should be provided a copy of your evaluation for you records.

Supervisors take time out of their work day to thoughtfully complete your evaluation, it is your responsibility to handle their feedback in a mature manner. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how you are seen professionally. If you like the outcome, focus on how you can be even better in your next evaluation, and if you are unhappy with your feedback, express to your supervisor what you would like to focus on to improve moving forward. Remember, no one is ever done growing, there is always room for improvement, growth and change.

Tips from Fellow Student Employees

Add tips that Tamima has received from Maggie, Cynthia & Clarice.

In addition to those tips you can log on to College Central Network and browse any of the free career advice articles to continue your professional development.

For any of your job related needs please contact the Job Resource Center by stopping into S202 or calling (708) 974-5737 to make an appointment with a job resource specialist.