Welcome back from winter break, college students! At this time, students around the country are feeling the typical results of a school recess – rested, reenergized and nearly bankrupt.
OK, this doesn’t apply to all students. Yet many are unable to find employment over winter and summer breaks.
Many students resolve to get jobs between semesters to make some extra money. Those who attend college away from their hometowns and possibly out of state would only be working at a job for a few weeks or, in the case of summer break, a few months. But most establishments will not hire students for that short amount of time. This trend is unfair to hard-working, reliable students and irresponsible of employers.
The two academic recesses that most universities take are the perfect times for students who need to earn money to do so. Many students work while classes are in session, but just as many do not. Students should not be forced to work while they have assignments for classes and studying to do. Therefore, those who need money have the ideal chance to work during academic breaks. Why would funds be so vital to a college student? Hmm, perhaps the high cost of living, tuition and overpriced textbooks will give us a clue.
Some establishments deny college students employment because they know that once the break is over, the students will return to college and their employment will end. Of course, no student is going to file for bankruptcy from being out of work for three or four weeks. But being denied work over the course of summer break’s three-month or four-month recess is unacceptable. If this trend stays throughout a student’s college career, they would never have a chance to earn money during an academic vacation. In regard to a student who needs money: what a waste of time.
In no way could we make the claim that any particular business is shooting itself in the foot by not hiring college students. They’re probably doing no worse without them. Profit is not the issue here. Businesses should see hiring students as community involvement – to aid young students and help lower the rate of unemployed young adults. Employers should look at the hiring opportunity as a means to help financially struggling students.
Restaurants, offices and other establishments should endorse a temporary-employment program for college students. Businesses would prepare to take on temporary employees during the vacation periods and arrange budgets and staff lists to smoothly carry on once the student workers leave.
Unless students have previous employment records or special job connections, attaining a job during winter and summer breaks will most likely be a failing mission. Employers need to view hiring college students as a social benefit, not a profitless venture.