Explore Your Options and Get the Job Done This New Year

Lesley Goodaker

With another holiday season gone by and the new year upon us, it’s easy to feel a little strapped for cash—especially as a college kid. Luckily for Transy students, our campus is located a few blocks from the heart of downtown Lexington. As a result, students have an abundance of employment options to choose from—both on and off campus. So, what options are available as a Transy student?

  • Federal Work Study The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program allows students to work at campus jobs for an hourly rate. These jobs are great for students who don’t have reliable transportation to secure an outside job, or who want guaranteed flexibility with their class schedule. At Transy, there are over 350 need-based, work-study positions through which students have the potential to earn up to $1,800 during the academic year. The one major catch to a FWS position is that students’ eligibility is determined by their FAFSA information (which needs to be filed at the start of each calendar year).
  • Paid Campus Jobs For students who don’t qualify for a FWS position (and sometimes even those who do). There are paid on-campus employment opportunities that you can apply for such as a Resident Advisor, a student blogger for the admissions office, an Admissions Ambassador, an August term scholar, and even various managerial positions in our Campus Center and Beck Center facilities.
  • Off Campus Employment Countless Transy students utilize our ideal location near the heart of downtown Lexington to their advantage by obtaining jobs off-campus. These jobs range in nature from servers and retail clerks at local businesses to office staff and assistants at larger firms. With so many Transy alumni choosing to make Lexington their home, there’s no shortage of connections for Transy students looking to enter the workforce—especially for those involved in our President Seamus Carey’s new “100 Doors” program.

Whether you’re in need of some quick cash or simply looking for some hands-on experience, Transy’s ideal location offers some great opportunities for personal and professional development. As a sophomore, I have been able to take advantage of many of the wonderful employment opportunities that Transy offers including my positions as a student blogger, a research assistant, a Beck Center employee, and a Resident Advisor. At Transylvania, there is no shortage of resources to help students out financially, you just have to be willing to explore your options and get the job done!