Students Who Work: A Warrior News Investigation

by Sara Motlik

Being a student can be a difficult job in itself, especially in the IB programme, and yet some ASW seniors have decided to spend their spare time in a similarly productive way – working. Warrior News asked four members of the Class of 2018 about their job experiences – who they worked with, what they did, whether or not they got paid. Here is what they had to say.

Hannah T.:

“I teach piano lessons to a couple of kids whose parents work at the American embassy. It started last year when I taught a friend for CAS. I knew I needed to be earning money for college, so Ben Bremner and I advertised to some embassy families that we would be offering music lessons. Originally it was supposed to be just over the summer, but I decided to continue through the school year. Hungry college student Hannah will thank me later. It was required that I play piano well enough to teach. There was never really an interview though. I wanted to meet the families and see what stage of learning each child was at, but there was never a formal interview. I got paid, but I’m fairly new at teaching so I can’t charge much. It’s definitely great experience though, seeing as this could help me earn through college. Each lesson is about half an hour. As of now I teach 6 lessons a week. That’s sounds kind of scary but it’s only three families, each with two kids that take lessons, so it’s not that bad. I only work two days a week. Over the summer it was two lessons a week. I enjoy it a lot and I would recommend it to anyone who feels that they have something they are passionate that they could teach someone.”

Hannah, hard at work.

Patryk W.:

“I’m the event manager in the Chinese restaurant “Rico’s Concept.” I have to answer phone calls 24/7, work on the Facebook page and Instagram. I organize different events for individuals, groups, business meetings, etc. It’s actually quite funny because I organized my 19th birthday dinner there and two days later, when I came to pay for it, the owner of this restaurant offered me a job out of the blue because I seemed trustworthy. I get my salary when I have some events during a month, and for managing the sites. I work from home and only show up at the restaurant about 4-5 times a month, it depends on how many events we have. The environment is awesome. I work only with adults, but they are very helpful and friendly.”

Benjamin B.:

“I worked at the (US) Embassy as an administrative assistant. I was helping out in the mail room. I had long heard of the summer hires program, and then applied for the job. 40 years of paperwork later, I had gotten it.

“(When it comes to the requirements) you had to be a student for the next year, as well as have a parent in the embassy. Furthermore, they had to be working at the same embassy that you were, and then you needed to have security clearance, as well as security interviews, and a job-determining interview. I worked over the summer, and for exactly 8 hours a day, since legally we could not work longer. I chatted with my co-worker about a topic that was not related to the mail, so I was clearly tight with him. I only worked with adults.”

Sebastian Z.:

“I was an assistant in American citizen services and immigrant visa processing summer hire. The American embassy offers it to all families of US diplomats, so I applied and got accepted. There were forms to fill and interviews to find out if you were qualified to hold conversations. I got paid for the job. I worked for 1 month from July to August during summer. There were several summer hires from school, but mostly adults. The environment was not stressful and the workload was manageable. I would recommend this job to any DP student who is American, since it provides useful real-world experience.”


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