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See my student job: Cecilie is a guide at the Planetarium

Students at the University of Copenhagen work jobs an average of five hours a week, but what do they do when they clock in at a student job? The University Post asked several students how they spend their days

Name? Cecilie Sand Nørholm
Subject? Physics, 5th semester
Student job? Guide at the Planetarium
How long have you worked there? Since June 2015
How did you get the job? I made an unsolicited application in the fall of 2014 without success, but when a job-posting turned up in the facebook group for my study-year group in the spring of 2015 I applied again and was lucky to get the job.

A day at the student job

09:00: I walk up the stairs to Restaurant Cassiopeia, which also shares an entrance with the Planetarium’s administration. I’m a little nervous about whether the new chip system works, but luckily I can see a couple of my colleagues behind the glass door.
09:15: My chip worked and I just managed to say hello to two of my colleagues before they rush downstairs to take care of a presentation event. I put my computer up on the lunch table and start to prepare for the day’s first guided tour – one first year high school class that wants to learn about the origion and content of the universe and solar system.
09:35: The bell rings on the administration section’s door, and when I open it I am facing a man I know I’ve seen before, but cannot remember who. He is to attend to the event downstairs and I just manage to blush when I cannot find my colleague in charge – but luckily she comes over as soon as I need to go downstairs to look for her.
10:00: I am down in the exhibition area talking to the teacher of the first grade high school class which is to be guided –it turns out not to be a whole class, but 4 students. The teacher apologises for the low turnout.
11.00: I finish the guided tour with a talk about the Hubble telescope and show a picture of an interstellar cloud. During the whole tour, it was only the teacher who asked questions, so when I say thank you for today, and hope they have learned something new, I was a bit surprised that the students all expressed that it was exciting.
11:35: I am looking for one of the other guides who has held a lecture for a school in the large hall earlier this morning. We have to coordinate a guided tour for an international school in one hour.
12:25: On the way down to the exhibition, we see the students from the International School. It’s two fifth grade classes, and both the teachers and the students seem very enthusiastic. We take one class each and start at two different locations in the exhibition.
13:35: I have just completed my last guided tour for the day, 5 minutes after my schedule. The students were really nice and asked many good questions along the way. And so I yet again trained my English a bit.

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