College students around the country often participate in student employment during their college careers. Many students need to work to help afford tuition or fulfill a work-study requirement for financial aid. Other students seek job opportunities to build skills and credentials for the careers they seek after they graduate. Students who are unable to find jobs that meet their financial needs and serve their professional development goals may be at a disadvantage relative to their peers. In this project we ask, do available student employment opportunities meet the needs of all students?
A team of students from the Yale College Council and The Policy Lab are working to answer this question for the Yale student population. Using surveys and focus groups of a diverse sample of students, this team will examine if the current supply of jobs available for student employment on the Yale campus meets the demand and interests of the student population. Which jobs do students want, and how can universities help students attain the jobs they seek?