The Formula to Land Campus Employment Faster than You Think!

Posted by Sunera on June 18, 2014

On-board to York

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Don’t worry we hear you! Check out our tips and how being a VTA can help you!

Due to the popular demand of being asked during tours and by current and incoming students for tips on how to land campus employment, I am composing this post. This blog entailed venturing out and interviewing other students who are employed and took the route I had chosen to take. (So, we like to think that it works!)

Whether you are searching for your first job, or perhaps you are an international student, or someone who will be part of a sports team or be involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. Being a Volunteer Tour Ambassador (VTA) can be squeezed in to anyone’s schedule. What is a VTA, you ask? VTA is a voluntary position, and it does open a lot of doors for employment on campus.Well, as the name suggests you will be giving tours to prospective YorkU students and their families. Let me start by giving you my top ten reasons, and other students who have been Volunteer Tour Ambassadors to see what they have to say! It is usually required that you have been on-campus for four months to apply for the position.

Ten unbelievable reasons why you should be a YorkU Volunteer Tour Ambassador:

  1. Opportunity for campus employment as you will meet students who are employed on campus and different employers around the university.
  2. The flexibility, as you work around hours that fit your busy schedule.
  3. Recognition – get ready to build your portfolio, as reference letter are given to students after different events such as Fall Campus Day and Spring Open House. You can also request a letter of reference indicating your qualities if you have completed a term as a VTA.
  4. Exposure to university operations – Being a VTA exposes you to the functions and different departments of the university which enhances the chance of campus employment since you have learned a lot about the different departments along the way. It enhances your marketability.
  5. Develop personal and interpersonal skills by participating in various trainings and sessions.
  6. A chance to attend events and seminars such as the Ontario Universities Fair.
  7. Develop your leadership skills. You will provide tour mentorship, feedback and guidance to new volunteer ambassadors.
  8. Enhance your public speaking skills. Worried about all the presentation that will be thrown your way in class? Well, here is your perfect opportunity to develop this skill.
  9. Rewards – Each VTA will collect points based on their participation. More points equal higher prize! Saturday tours are rewarded with a $25.00 gift card to the YuBook Store! Needless to say that my summer term books were FREE! Music to my ears!
  10. Last but not the least, build lasting friendships! 

Check out what some students have to say about their VTA experience:

Meet Krystle!

Krystle is a fourth year student. Along with being employed on campus, she is also fast-tracking her degree! Krystle is taking 21 credits in the summer. And, she normally takes up to 36 credits in the fall/winter term.

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Krystle a fourth year student at YorkU who is fast tracking her degree, and also working on-campus.

S: How long were you a VTA for?

K: I worked six months as a VTA.

S: How did you find out about the VTA position?

K: Through the Career Centre.

S: As a VTA what activities were you a part of?

K:  I used to conduct campus tours and I also participated in the Spring Open House.

S: How is the work/school balance while being a VTA?

K: It is very flexible, as you dedicate the hours that fit in your schedule.

S: What skills did you develop as a VTA that helped you land on-campus employment?

K: Public speaking. If students are worried about employment on campus, then this is the place to start!

S: Would you say that being a VTA is a beneficial experience?

K: Definitely, you get to know a lot of people and even the hiring managers. You also get to know the team you can possibly be working with which is very helpful.

Meet Ali!

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Ali is a fourth year international student at YorkU and working on-campus.

Ali is a fourth year international student who is actively involved on campus.

S: How long were you a VTA for?

A: I worked as a VTA for roughly about a year.

S: How did you find out about the VTA position?

A: Through social media from a student.

S: As a VTA what activities were you a part of?

A:  I did a lot of tours especially in the summer. I participated in various other events such as Spring Open House, Fall Campus Day, and the Ontario Universities Fair.

S: How is the work/school balance while being a VTA?

A: I was very much involved on campus prior to being a VTA. I was already working the in LA&PS department. I was still able to manage my time, school work, and job responsibilities while being a VTA,

S: What skills did you develop as a VTA that helped you land on-campus employment?

A: Communication skills and the confidence to speak in front of large groups. I find attending personal development session very helpful because you learn so much.

S: Would you say that being a VTA is a beneficial experience?

A: Yes, this experience helped me improve my English speaking skills. You also get to learn about the different departments in the university.

Meet Courtney!

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Courtney is a fifth year student at York University. Courtney is on the women’s basketball team and working on campus!

Courtney is a fifth year student who is also on the girls basketball team.

S: How long were you a VTA for?

C: I worked as a VTA for an entire summer, so roughly about four months.

S: How did you find out about the VTA position?

C: Through an employee in the admissions department.

S: As a VTA what activities were you a part of?

C:  There are many activities, but to name some: Personal Development Session, various trainings, and campus tours.

S: How is the work/school balance while being a VTA?

C: I started in the summer, so I was not taking any classes. But, I was working full-time, along with my basketball practices, and still volunteering as a VTA!

S: What skills did you develop as a VTA that helped you land on-campus employment?

C: Leadership, confidence, and cooperation with others. Along with finding out what campus employment opportunities would be suitable for me.

S: Would you say that being a VTA is a beneficial experience?

C: Yes, because you’re learning about the services and resources that are valuable to students. And, becoming a VTA landed me a full-time job!

How to apply? You can apply via the Yu-Connect web page, at the Red Zone Desk in Vari HallTait McKenzie Centre, or through the Career Centre web page.

If this sounds of interest to you, or you are looking for on-campus employment, then I hope this blog post will serve as a starting point for many of you. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns then comment below! And, I hope to be doing tours with you soon!

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Sunera
Sunera

Sunera graduated from York University in May, 2016 with an Honours BA in Work and Labour Studies.

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