Andrea McDermott

Alumni Programs Assistant | Regional Clubs & Volunteer Engagement

I assist with tracking alumni regional club events, including event rosters and the budget allocated for each of our clubs. Signature events throughout the year at UCSD, such as, the Alumni Calling Campaign, College Fairs, Triton 5K, and Alumni Service Day are all events that we work with and recruit alumni for. My job is unique in that my supervisor welcomes all ideas to make the upcoming year even more successful. Also, being able to create my own schedule is great as an undergraduate student because it allows for flexibility.

Q: How did you find out about this job? A: Upon coming to college I was awarded work study. I wasn’t quite sure how to use my work study and how to secure a work study position. At first I applied to multiple office jobs on campus, but I wasn’t receiving any calls or interviews. I was becoming discouraged until I scheduled an appointment with the Student Employment Office. They were extremely helpful in showing me how to use Port Triton and offered a lot of encouragement and support that the right job would come. I got emails from the student employment office suggesting jobs that had just been posted on Port Triton that may interest me. I applied to my current position, got the job, and I am very thankful for the staff that helped me along the way.

Q: Did you have prior work experience? A: I was working at Goody’s in Marshall before my current job. However, I did not have any office work experience so it has been great to learn and experience working in an office.

Q: Has your job helped you? What skills have you learned? A: My job has made me accountable for the tasks that need to be completed for the week, while practicing good time management. Also, before coming to this position, I had no experience working with a budget or creating a tracking sheet for a department’s budget. As an Economics/Accounting student, my supervisor challenged me to this task. I have also gained support and connections in my workplace which I am very thankful for.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow student workers? A: I would say to always communicate with your supervisor and establish a good relationship. Utilize your resources and never be afraid to ask for help or clarification. Most importantly, be proactive and put initiative into your position. Ask for new challenging tasks to work on or present a new idea to your supervisor that you feel would improve the workplace. Also, create connections with other student workers around you, as well as staff.

Q: What advice do you have for students who are looking for jobs? What about people looking for a job like your’s? A: I would say to be patient and continue your search through Port Triton. Come utilize the many resources that the Career Service Center offers. But most of all, I would one-hundred percent recommend scheduling a meeting with the Student Employment Office. They welcome you with smile and offer so much support and encouragement because they really care about giving you the tools to find job where you will be happy and successful.

Do you have an awesome on campus job? Do you love what you do and want to share your experiences with other students? If so, contact us and you may be spotlighted in future newsletters!

This article originally appeared in the January 2016 Issue of the Triton Worker. 

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