As a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, your time is very limited, especially your first year. Going to a military school doesn’t leave you much time for yourself. Your schedule is very strict, everyone lives on post (campus), and there are not too many chances to get away.
Since we all live on post and our time is very limited, we are not allowed to have jobs off post. The school takes up too much of our time and having a job in town would not be realistic. However, if you do have a little extra time and want a few extra dollars in your pocket, there are opportunities for jobs on post. The jobs on post range from so many different things, so it just depends on what you want to do.
Here are some of the jobs you can choose from as a cadet, but you won’t be able to apply for them until after your freshman year.
- Cadet Waiter: As a cadet waiter, you work in the mess hall helping put out food in the hot food lines as well as putting it away when meals are over. As well as tray clean-up too.
- Career Services Assistant: This job is pretty much a secretary job for the people who work in Career Services. You help with anything they need.
- QMD (Quarter Master Department)/Military Store: This job is pretty much working with the uniforms and stocking them.
- Research: This job is working with professors and doing research. It could be for the biology department or the psychology department.
- Call Center: This job entails calling Alumni for donations to the school. If you want to do this job, just make sure you are a friendly person.
- Cadet Assistant for the Alumni Review: This is my job and I absolutely love it. I work for the Alumni Review Magazine which is a quarterly magazine. I catalogue photographs into a database and edit articles and anything else they might want me to do.
- Writing Center: If you are good at writing then this job is perfect for you. You can help cadets with their papers and any other writing assignments they might need help with.
- Center for Leadership and Ethics: There is a cadet that helps out at the Center for Leadership and Ethics. I think this cadet helps plan events and gets the word out for them.
- Admissions Officer/Human Resources: This job is a paper work job for either the Admissions of the Human Resources office.
- AliveCampus: You can also write for AliveCampus which I have been writing for the entire year! If you like to write and you like your college then you should definitely apply to be a writer for the website!
Overall, there are not too many choices when it comes to working as a cadet. The options are limited and it is pretty much first come first served when they send an e-mail out looking for cadets. You do still have to apply, but if you are a good cadet and reliable then they will most likely hirer you. So if you want to make a little extra money as a cadet and find the time to do so, make sure to keep an eye out for e-mails that are looking to hire for these positions.