MSU Spark Mentor (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 1 June 2017
It was a very effective and engaging organization within the campus and was able to provide the academic support that incoming students needed. Overall, everyone was very outgoing and eager to complete their tasks.
Mac Ambassador (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 11 May 2017
very enjoyable and flexible work hours. It was a joy to work at McMaster University. I couldn't have asked for a better place to work at. I gained a lot of exposure with regards to customer service and hospitality by becoming a part of this institution.
Nuclear Reactor Tour Guide (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 3 May 2017
McMaster is a good place to work at, working as the nuclear reactor tour guide was a great experience. It helped me enhance my public speaking skills, and gained valuable experience talking with different people of different ages.
TEACHING ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 1 May 2017
I was an ENG 1 TA, the people I worked with were great and we were treated well by the course instructors. As an ENG 1 TA my job focused on assisting students during AUTODESK labs and marking Autodesk submissions. There aren't a lot of hours but the pay is still pretty decent and that meant I had enough time to keep up with my other courses.
Tutor (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 29 April 2017
McMaster is a really great university. It's not too big but big enough, the faculty is extremely helpful, and the campus itself is pretty beautiful. There are still come buildings that have been on campus since the birth of the Uni. The courses were transparent and if you had any problems, you were able to get in touch with a prof, if not, there were many informed teaching assistants nearby. There are also many extracurricular programs that you can join (whether in sports, or academic, or cultural, etc.).
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Anthropology Department – 28 April 2017
Specifically as a teaching assistant, applied for as a graduate student- 3 consecutive semesters in this capacity. Generally good supervision although I was a teaching assistant for an arts program and sometimes the professor for the course was ill-suited. You will be expected to keep regular office hours, usually a designated hour a week BUT you can get away with doing "appointment only" office hours if you have a busy schedule. Students I worked with were either there to learn more or there to argue to the bitter end. It is important to have patience. Grading can be tedious and a lot of students don't bother looking at the feedback so I kept it short and concise. Students did argue their grades and ask for another grade. If they had a compelling argument I would re-grade the assignment but let them know that this would not guarantee them a better mark if I found an error I had missed in my original grading. Professors were good about standing with the TA's decision and would take over if students got aggressive.
Pay is excellent, hours are not too demanding
Students arguing their grades after explaining why they received that grade, students thinking that they know more than teachers, when papers come in it can be a heavy workload for a few days
Helping mold young minds while being compensated very well.
Student Researcher/Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 26 March 2017
As a graduate teaching assistant I was responsible for helping my professor with some of the responsibilities of running an undergraduate level economics course. The work was fulfilling and the compensation was excellent. My most enjoyable position thus far.
Only part-time, conditional on tenure as a graduate student