This week we will find out what it’s like to work as a facility assistant for University Student Commons and Activities (USC&A).
Meet Shanelle Debraux, a recent VCU graduate from Maryland who assisted with set up and take down for events hosted in the Commons.
Facility Assistants are responsible for a variety of duties involved in maintaining operation of the University Student Commons. Facility Assistants prepare meeting rooms by cleaning before and after use and setting up meeting furniture and audio-visual equipment.
How long have you worked for VCU?
I have worked as a facility assistant for three years now.
What are your main responsibilities as a facility assistant?
We help set up events, provide information for guests if they need it, unlock and lock doors and fill in at the information desk if needed.
What does a typical day look like for you? What type of projects are you assigned?
After we clock in, there is a lot of down time and only around two room set ups to complete per four hour shift. Setting up events involves placing chairs, tables, podiums and other equipment in the right places.
Do you find it easy to balance being a student and a student worker?
Yes. This job does not take that much out of you, so you have a lot of down time to work on homework or other projects.
What are some suggestions for people finding it difficult to manage?
For this job you won’t struggle. Actually, I contribute a lot of my academic success to having this job and four specific hours where I have to sit and study while being on call.
What is one thing you really enjoy about your job?
The people that work in the Commons are great. The people that I hangout with on the weekends are now my co-workers.
Was there anything that you have learned that you originally struggled with at the start of your job?
Social skills. I was very closed off to new people, but in order to have successful set ups, this job requires that you speak to strangers and be friendly with your co-workers.
What has been one unexpected perk of working for USC&A?
The constant free food is always nice.
What would be one suggestion to a student that is interested in working as an facility assistant for USC&A?
The job does require you to lift stuff and move furniture. It’s an office position that still requires physical labor.