Post # 1
I got offered a job as a lab monitor at the local college.
It would be really good for me because I am applying for master’s programs, and it would be good experience for teaching (and hopefully getting funding next year as a TA).
However, I need workstudy to do it. For whatever reason, I have never gotten workstudy.
Should I consider volunteering for the position? It would be good for my resume, experience, and I would get to work on projects in the lab…
At the same time I feel like I deserve something for my time. Any ideas?
Post # 3
Could you speak to the financial aid office?
Did you apply for this job or did they seek you out?
Post # 4
If you volunteered this term, would they consider paying you out of lab monies after that? (They may not have sufficient lab funding to pay you.) If you can afford it, I’d do it for the resume experience + potential references. (I’m currently volunteering 15 hours a week for the same thing, and I’m well out of school.)
Post # 5
@accorn: They sought me out. 🙂
@kay01: I can’t afford it… but I think I might do it for the experience. I am hoping if I put in my time… it might pay off in some way eventually. Sigh.
Post # 6
They usually only offer workstudy to those who are severely in need. You could try speaking to Financial Aid and/or whoever offered you the position and see if there’s anyway you could recieve compensation. I agree that you should take the position regardless, not many college students have solid work experience on a resume and it could help you quite a bit down the road.
Post # 7
I think I am going to take the job, even if I have to volunteer. (Right now- I have no job :/ And this could potentially be a good way to get in at the college for the future-) Either way, it will definitely be good experience. I will learn to run a lab, a necessity if I want to teach.