At Loyola Marymount University, there are a lot of on-campus jobs for students. I wanted to find out more information about some of the jobs offered, so I talked to a few students about theirs.
Side note: “Lion Jobs” is mentioned in this post; this is the website the school has for official postings for jobs for students.
1. The Lion’s Den
Anna, a friend of mine, works at The Lion’s Den- the student run coffee shop on campus. I asked her about different aspects of the job. She told me that the application was on Lion Jobs and that after she submitted that, she had to go in for an interview. She said that the interview was super chill and that most of the workers there did not have prior experience from working in a coffee shop.
Some aspects that Anna really enjoys about her job is that the baristas are like a family. She gets to meet a lot of new people between coworkers and regular customers. The management is flexible with school in the case of mandatory events some classes have. She also gets free drinks. A fun thing that they do is deciding a drink of the week which anyone can submit a concoction to.
Some important things Anna has learned through this job are time management and multitasking. She highly recommends that people apply for this job even though it is competitive. There are usually 50 employees at a time, with openings in the spring semester due to early graduation and study abroad. She also encourages people to apply again if they were unable to get the job in the fall. Most of the employees are freshman so don’t feel like only upperclassmen are going to get the jobs. This job is available for students who have work study, which is what Anna uses.
2. ROAR Studios
My friend Bretta works for ROAR Studios which is a film production company on campus. She is a Crew Coordinator. This application is not on Lion Jobs, instead she went to an interest meeting and then received the application via email after. After submitting the application, Bretta went in for an interview which she said was chill. She also told me that the application process is different depending on which position you applied to. For example, the Entertainment Writer-Producers had a two hour writing test, but crew does not. The students that work here are Film, Marketing, and Communication majors.
Bretta likes that she has a good time at this job and that it is fully student ran. She says it is a collaborative family. She loves that they get to make whatever they want and that everyone gets to work on each others projects.
Some things she has learned are technical skills such as sound mixing and boom operating. Also, she has learned more about the pre-production, production, and post-production process.
Bretta advises to only apply for this job if you are interested in film and that it is competitive. She does not work for them on work study and instead is just paid directly. However, they do hire students who are on work study. You can always go to their website to learn more about what they are up to.
3. Campus Tour Guide
My friend Tara recently became a tour guide on campus. She found out about this job because she has friends that are tour guides so she went in to the Admissions Office at Loyola Marymount University and asked if they were hiring. After that, she submitted her resume and had to answer some essay questions. If you were picked after that, Tara said you went to a group interview. She said it was different than a normal interview because everyone answered the same questions and who ever raised their hand first was able to answer the best because after they answered you couldn’t just raise your hand and say basically the same thing, so it was definitely first come first served.
Tara said there were about 50 people in the group interview and only four spots open to start being a tour guide this semester. Then, eight more for the following fall, so it was very competitive. She ended up being chosen, so she then went on to training and shadowing other tour guides. Then, she had to take an exam to make sure she knew all the information she needed to in order to lead her own tour.
She likes her job because it keeps her appreciative of being accepted into this school and living on this beautiful campus. She also likes that she has learned a lot of fun facts about the school through this, which you would have to go on a tour to learn. While it is very competitive, and you have to have gone to Loyola Marymount University for a semester before you can apply, Tara would recommend applying for this job. She says it improves your people skills and your public speaking abilities. Tara is not paid through work study but by paycheck.
I personally work at the library as a shelving assistant at Loyola Marymount University. I found this job on Lion Jobs. After I applied I had to go in for an interview, which was super chill. You don’t need to have any prior library experience to apply. One thing I really like about having this job is that I really know how the library is set up and can find stuff really easy. Another perk is that since I worked later shifts, I would get free food from different events that were held in the library. Making friends at work is enjoyable because we are all different majors so I wouldn’t have met most of them without the job.
I have learned how my library organizes its books, how to order things by call number, retrieve books from our basement, and how to help patrons in the library occasionally find books.
If you’re a freshman, you should definitely apply for this job because it helps you figure out what your library offers and how to find books easily if you don’t have time to wait for one on hold. It’s not a very competitive job, and the environment is very relaxed to work in.
5. Human Resources
My friend Meighan works in the Human Resources office at Loyola Marymount University. She found this job on Lion Jobs and is on work study. She is an Administrative Assistant so she does a lot of filing. Sometimes she will fill in for the person sitting at the front desk. Overall, she helps out with whatever people need her to. She likes that she gets to see how a real office works, and working in environment surrounded by professionals. Its allows one to gain office skills like making copies, scanning, and following a filing system. People should apply for this job because it gives you good experience and insight into an entry-level office position. It is not super competitive since there are quite a few work study openings.