Student Success: Berenice Zubiate

Berenice is a full-time student attending Arizona State University majoring in the arts with a focus in arts administration.

Published on

Berenice is a full-time student attending Arizona State University majoring in the arts with a focus in arts administration. As an undergraduate living off campus to save money, Berenice was determined to find a part-time job with flexible hours.

She learned about Education at Work through an old friend and applied. Berenice had been working as an Account Manager for EAW on behalf of a Fortune 500 company when she heard about the EAW digital reporter role. “I already loved working at EAW because of the flexible hours and tuition assistance. When I heard about this opportunity I talked to my supervisor right away. It was intriguing because it aligned so well with my major.”

On a weekly basis Berenice captures student stories through her photography, videography and writing skills. She supports the marketing department’s overall digital media efforts and contributes to EAW/ASU site specific marketing campaigns when needed.

“I learn something new each week,” says Berenice. “This job has taught me how to work with a company’s branding guidelines while supporting their social media tactics – all skills I can use long after my undergraduate career.”

Throughout this experience Berenice has learned how to manage her time and how to adapt quickly within a business setting, saying she’s realized things within a company never stay static but instead consistently evolve.

Berenice is excited to expand her student portfolio and mentions that one of her biggest accomplishments is having her work displayed throughout Education at Work’s ASU site. She is thankful for the opportunities EAW has provided and is excited to continue working for the company until graduation.

After graduation in spring 2020, Berenice looks forward to continuing her passion for graphic arts and strives to work at a company like Google or Microsoft in their marketing or communications department. She would eventually like to start her own nonprofit organization that gives back to her community by creating an after-school program that will teach career skills to high school students interested in pursuing a degree in the arts.

We’re proud to have Berenice as part of our marketing team! Thank you Berenice for all your hard work and dedication!

Lessons I Learned About Working a Part-Time Job During College

As I am entering my last year of college, there is one thing I wish college students to be aware of – the topic of “employment.”

Published on
By Berenice Zubiate, EAW Student Digital Reporter

As I am entering my last year of college as an undergrad, there is one thing I wish college students to be aware of – the popular, yet sometimes frightening topic of “employment.” Specifically, part-time jobs.

There is approximately 40% of college students in the nation that work a part-time job. What does this mean? Well, not only do students have to commit to attending classes and finish their school work, they also have to work an average of 16-30 hours a week (depending on the job). Now, don’t let this scare you, part-time jobs, in my experience, have been known to be a great learning experience on how to work with teams and how a company works.

When I started applying for jobs, I didn’t know what to expect or what I should look for in a job. All the knowledge I knew is that I wanted something that would give me a paycheck. Now, it is never an easy journey, some days you will like your job, other days you might not want to clock in; and that’s okay!

Here are some lessons I want to share about what I learned about working a part-time job as a student:

Be prepared for travel time and location. There is nothing worse than running late for your job, now imagine being 15 minutes late to a job that is 30 minutes away. Doesn’t sound very fun right? That’s because you either hit snooze way too many times, or you live far from where you work. Having a job that is 15 minutes away or less is a game changer! If you live near your school try searching for on-campus jobs. There is almost always a job opening near a college town. Do some research and find out which locations are most convenient for you.

Never skip class to go to work. This might sound like common sense but it’s been known for college students to be scheduled to work during one of their lectures; therefore missing important class information in hopes to not lose their job. This is not okay! When applying for a job make it known that you are a student and provide them with your school schedule. This will give your employer the notice that if you end class at 2:00 p.m., they probably shouldn’t schedule you at 2:00 p.m. Instead suggest 2:30 p.m., which will give you time to get to your job.

A job can actually be fun. It is important for students to realize that a work environment doesn’t always have to be boring. Try and get to know the people that you work with. Usually if you work somewhere near campus, chances are you might be working with someone that goes to the same school. I remember when I worked at a dessert shop I was friends with a coworker for about a semester until I realized we were in the same major and even had a lecture together! Take the time to know your coworkers and work might not be so dreadful after all.

No job is more important than your mental health. I cannot stress this point enough. There have been endless studies on college students that undergo a variety of stress and workload that the student might have anxiety, depression, etc.  This means that it is okay to give yourself a mental health day and reset. I remember a week before midterm presentations I had to request the day off because I had a lot on my plate. I felt like I was going to explode! Instead I decided not to overwork myself and ate some comfort food. It was super refreshing to be able to eat a good meal and not have to worry about anything for a couple of hours. Take a nap, go on a hike, hang out with a trusted friend, do something that will remind you that everything will work out eventually!

I hope these tips will become some basic guidelines when you prepare to work at a new part-time job!