USC Students Look For Jobs To Make Ends Meet

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “You said job fair, that just says I need to be there,” says Byron Singletary, a Sophomore at the University of South Carolina. Fall classes have yet to start at the University of South Carolina and Sophomore, Byron Singletary, is already looking for a job. “A lot of the more common jobs that us college students would get, like fast foods or whatever, they seem to be already taken up, so it’s a little harder to get a job,” says Singletary. He’s hoping a part time job fair held at USC on Tuesday, will help. “Job fair says opportunity, whether it’s off campus or internships just trying to get your name out,” says Singletary. USC also understands the need for students to have jobs. “With a downturn in the job market and the economy, families were less able to provide support for students,” says Tom Halasz, Director of the Career Center at USC. Even the Columbia Chamber of Commerce helped out on Tuesday, by promoting the event to their members. “In times of recession, considering adding a part time position, certainly considering the opportunity to work with a student to mentor to a student and teach them life skills, is a great opportunity to be able to expand your business and to really make an impact in the comm unity,” says Katherine Swartz, Vice President of Leadership Development and Community Involvement for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Forty employers from on and off campus, showed up at the job fair Tuesday. School officials say if a student is looking for a part time job or internship, the time to start is now. But for students, the benefits of working go far beyond just money. “They learn time management, they learn the importance of focus and they subsequently perform better in academics,” says Halasz. For Byron, he says a part time job is just enough. “It’s a lot harder to manage all of your time because you have classes and you have your personal life, then you have your extra curricular activities, so a full time job trying to deal with all of that, is just full stress,” says Singletary. And he also has some advice for other students. “We all need money, so join with the pack,” says Singletary. School officials say employer participation at the part time job fair was up by ten percent this year, when compared to last. USC will also be hosting a full time job fair next month, and school officials say the employer registration for that event is already up by thirty percent when compared to last year.

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