New select jobs help students give back

Priya McCluskey

Finding a job during or after college can be daunting and stressful. Students may look for work in their field with internships, through the university, or they may seek outside help to find something that fits their needs.

Many students have a hard time securing a job within their degree when they first graduate.

The Family Life Center, located in Petaluma, is an example of a place to start a career that may be outside a person’s bachelor’s degree description.

“There is a high need for special family educational staff,” said Annie Berlin, principal consultant at Berlin Communications, a consulting firm that represents Family Life Center.

For students looking for a job that will impact the lives of young girls and boys, they can help support families in the community while deciding on their own next step.

“It’s a terrific opportunity for graduates to enter the workforce in a way that’s highly gratifying — helping young people and the community,” said Phillip Bergman, senior communications consultant at freelance public relations.

They can choose to be a classroom counselor, residential counselor, awake overnight counselor, special education teacher or a professional parent.

Berlin said the center is looking for energetic and committed students who will help develop and provide an array of educational services.

For students still taking classes who may want to get paid, unlike an internship, another option can be through Select Staffing in Sacramento.

Select Staffing accepts applications from students who are still in school and looking for work. Temporary employment services, such as Select Staffing, help students find work by matching them with jobs instead of students having to spend their own time job searching.

“Select Staffing helps students get one foot in the door for a career and helps job seekers make some extra cash if they are still in school,” said Mary Blanton, branch manager of Select Staffing in Sacramento.

Working in a job that has a flexible schedule can let a student network within their field to help build relationships with contacts for future careers.

“We offer jobs for students in accounting, the IT industry, health care and so many more,” Blanton said.

Students graduating this year may be concerned about where their future is headed.

“I am really nervous for approaching the future. I will reach out to people I know and make stuff happen [before] I leave for LA and make sure I have work before I leave,” said journalism major Heidi Rene.

Most students have part-time jobs but they are not careers, trying to find a job that satisfies the necessities of the present while planning for the future is a challenge.

“I am jealous that everyone knows what to do and I don’t. I will live at home, save up to 50 percent of my salary I earn with my current job and hopefully attend dental school,” said Bryn Miller, a communication studies major.

“I feel really excited to graduate from college, but I am anxious about taking the next step in my life and pursuing a career that will be worthwhile and meaningful,” said communication studies major Amanda Moyer.

Below are some helpful links to find more information about finding a job: