Work-Study Jobs

Millikin employs hundreds of student employees each academic year. Many students are offered the opportunity to work under the Federal Work-Study program, via their financial aid award notification. If you are interested in taking advantage of the Federal Work-Study offer, please visit our list of jobs or visit the Career Center.

Big Blue Jobs

Hours & Payment

Students usually work on campus and average 8-12 hours a week. Students will receive a pay check every two weeks. They may use their earnings for miscellaneous expenses or may choose to direct their earnings toward their student account. The funds will be applied to the balance. To authorize the earnings toward your student account, visit the Career Center.

Non-Work-Study Jobs

While campus employers generally prioritize hiring Federal Work-Study eligible students, there are on-campus employment opportunities for those who are not offered the Federal Work-Study program. For information on all areas related to student employment, please visit the Career Center in Shilling Hall.

Seven Steps to a Successful Job Search

The job search can often be an overwhelming task for many students. By breaking down your job search into manageable and organized steps, it will be easier for you to accomplish your goals.

  1. Identify values, interests, personality, and skills – these activities generate a critical language of action verbs and keywords for communicating qualifications to employers.
  2. Develop career goals – knowing what you want to do and staying focused on your goals are very important to job search success.
  3. Conduct job-related research – research companies, employers, communities, and careers.
  4. Write resumes and cover letters – they won’t get you a job, but they do advertise you for job interviews to prospective employers.
  5. Network for information, advice, and referrals – this will help to uncover opportunities in the hidden job market.
  6. Interview – this is the single most important step in the job search process. Without an interview, there is no job offer and no job.
  7. Negotiate salary and terms of employment – know what you’re worth in today’s job market and know when it’s appropriate to discuss salary and benefits.

An organized and targeted job search is an effective job search. The best way to get started is to take advantage of the services offered in the Career Center. All of our resources are free.


The Five Es of Career Development

EVALUATE your values, interests, personality & skills

  • What is important to you? (complete Values Worksheet)
  • What are your interests? (complete the Career Liftoff in our office – this assessment will provide you with a listing of possible careers and majors that are a good fit based on your answers to this assessment)
  • Describe your personality (take the MBTI personality assessment in our office)
  • What are your skills?
  • What, if any, are your barriers to employment? How can you overcome them? (If you aren't sure, schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor in our office to discuss)

EXPLORE career options and majors

  • What types of careers will allow you to express your values or at the very least won't conflict with them?
  • What jobs do you find interesting? (Look over your Career Liftoff printout)
  • Do they match your personality?
  • Do you have the skills needed? If not, can you get them?
  • Identify an employment or career goal (keep in mind that it will likely change)
  • What major(s) will allow you to achieve your career goal?

EXPERIENCE it to help clarify and confirm your career goal

  • Is there a way to try the job out to make sure it is a good fit for you?
    • Internship or part-time job
    • Temp or employment agency
    • Volunteer
    • Anything that will help you gain skills that you will need

Employers seek graduates with real world/hands-on experience – so don’t miss this critical step in your career development.



  • Make a commitment to being a life long learner
  • Continually update your skills - take advantage of all training opportunities
  • Be flexible, adaptable, and open to change
  • Learn everything you can about the industry in which you have an interest; learn about the labor market and economy
  • Remember that employers look for the well-rounded graduate – so build your leadership skills, embrace diversity and be prepared for today’s global economy.

Remember: Career development is a lifelong, cyclical process, not a one-time event.

Career assessments

Our office also offers the following career assessments:

  • Values Sort: Discover which of your values are most important to you as you evaluate potential careers.
  • Career Lift-Off: This assessment is an interest inventory that serves as an education & career-planning guide. It is particularly helpful in identifying career options.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Learn about your personality, learning style, and careers that are a good fit for you.

Online career tools

Technology is an important tool in the career development process. We offer the following online tools:

  • ISCPA: Access job listings, apply for jobs, participate in a resume referral program. Accessible from the front page of our website or via
  • General resources: Access general career resources and those for specific populations (international students, minority students, GLBT students) visit the Web Resources collection.