April 06, 2018 4:15PM
“Some of the students who come in are super stressed,” Burger said. “They’re unsure of how they’re going to finish on time or what they’re going to do. I get to reassure them that it’s OK, help them find options and help them understand that they can do it. It’s a great job.”
Burger is one of the more than 600 student employees at Pittsburg State who are making on a positive difference in the life of the university.
On Monday, April 9, Pittsburg State will celebrate their contributions during the 29th annual Student Employee of the Year Celebration.
“We couldn’t run this university without the contributions of our student employees,” said Kim Hull, career counselor at Pitt State’s Office of Career Services. “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for everything they do for us.”
The university will recognize 26 finalists before selecting the 2018 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. This individual’s name will then be sent forward as the university’s official representative in Kansas’ SEOTY competition.
While the recognition is nice, Hull says the real reward comes from the experience students receive while working on campus.
“They’re learning the soft-skills that our employers tell us they need,” said Hull. “Time management, communication, the ability to work as a team, those are the transferable skills that employers desire. When you can combine that with the technical skills you learn in the classroom, you really set yourself apart as an employee.”
Burger agreed with Hull’s assessment.
“It’s a professional job,” said Burger. “In what we do, we have to pay attention to detail because we’re part of a workflow. If something doesn’t get done correctly on our side, the rest of the process can’t be completed. You really understand the importance of teamwork.”
Pittsburg State’s Student Employee of the Year Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Overman Student Center.