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Division of Human Resources

Being Successful

Student employment is a great way to earn money and gain valuable experience.  This information can help you make the most of it.

Developing a Strong Work Ethic

 The following are expectations for all student employees at USC. Your supervisor may have additional requirements.

  • Establish a work schedule that does not interfere with your class schedule.
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any changes to your work schedule or other commitments that will affect work availability.
  • Give advance notice when unable to work a scheduled shift.
  • Take the job seriously and perform at the highest level of your ability.
  • Treat your supervisor and fellow employees with respect.
  • Report to work on time. Notify your supervisor in advance of any possible delays.
  • Do not conduct personal business on the job.
  • Refrain from using cell phones while on the job.
  • Accurately report the hours you work. Falsifying your timesheet is a federal offense. If you make an error in entering your hours worked, let your supervisor know so the error can be corrected.
  • Give two weeks’ notice when resigning.


Important Dates

 As a student employee balancing academic and job responsibilities, the following calendars, date, and deadlines are important.


Balancing School and Work

You may be struggling to find the right balance between school and work and feeling the pressures of managing finances. Rest assured, your mental well-being is of utmost importance. The Student Success Center and Student Health Services provide the following resources to help you find and maintain a manageable balance.


Ending Employment

Whether you are graduating, taking another job, or the work you were hired to do is completed, it is important to end your employment in a positive way. The contacts you have made here may serve as references for you in your next steps.

You have an expected end date on your job. Knowing that expected end date is important as it will help you ensure you are not working beyond the last day of your employment.

This date should have been included in your offer letter. To verify your expected end date, contact your hiring representative in your department.

You may also explore options with your supervisor regarding extension of the time for which you were hired.

Changes in class schedules, academic stressors, or other factors may impact your availability or ability to continue working on-campus. Before ending employment, you should discuss any concerns with your supervisor and try to reach resolution.

However, if ending employment is the best option, you should give your supervisor at least two weeks’ notice, if practicable.

It is important to keep in mind that if your supervisor is not satisfied with your performance or if you exhibit unacceptable personal conduct, you can be terminated. If you have questions about your performance, speak with your supervisor.

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