Jacob Bolen

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Chico, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Student Supervisor of the Marketplace Café | AS Dining Services

How did you first get connected with the Associated Students?
When I was a freshman at Chico State I applied to work at the Marketplace online. A semester later I got hired to work the sandwich preparation shifts. For the last four years I’ve done it all: I’ve worked the grill, the deli, the taqueria, salad bar, Local Lunch, kitchen prep, registers and more.

How would you describe your current role with the Marketplace Café?
Right now my job has me supervising the front of the Marketplace Café. With that comes responsibilities like making sure every station has the help they need, ensuring that our cashiers have help if anything happens to the register, and in general making sure everything is running smoothly. I know how to work all the stations, so training new hires or even just lending a helping hand is no problem at all. Last summer I took part in the new hire process which was a totally new perspective for me. It was very interesting being on the other side of the table asking them the questions.

What does working for the Marketplace Café do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working on campus makes going to class before or after a shift at the Marketplace really easy to handle. One thing that makes this such a good place to work is their ability to work around your school schedule. In the past four years there I have learned a lot of applicable job experience for after I graduate. I would say the biggest professional impact the Marketplace has had on me was learning to conduct interviews for people applying for positions there. That was quite a valuable experience that will help me out in the future.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position with the Marketplace Café?
I feel confident in my ability to work all the different stations present at the Marketplace. If there is ever any need of another body, more resources to be brought out of the back, or simply some cleaning that needs to be done, I can handle it.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I plan on graduating in spring 2014 as a psychology major. I’m starting to apply for graduate schools up and down the state to further my education. I’d like to get my master’s degree in Marriage & Family Counseling, and possibly have a private practice sometime in the future. I can see working in schools or a non-profit to get some experience. Working for the AS has put me in many situations where my interpersonal skills have been put to the test and improved — skills which I will definitely use in my future career.