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You're Hired! Now What?: Presentation & Representation: Home

Congrats on Your New Federal Work Study Job! We've covered the very basics and you are safe to start working!


Keep in Mind: When you're on the job in your Federal Work Study position, you are representing Eastern University to your peers and the wider community. 

Dress Codes

Okay, you've already got the job, so what to wear to the interview isn't a question you're trying to answer. 

But most of the things covered in the above video are still great to carry forward into the day to day.

Your individual supervisors will give you more details about dress code for your position, but for most people the following table is a good guideline.

Okay to Wear Avoid
  • Sneakers or other outdoor shoes
  • Clean denim jeans or shorts
  • Tee shirts
  • A hoodie
  • Dirty, ripped, or stained clothing
  • Visible undergarments
  • Slippers or bare feet
  • Pajamas

Cell phones, videos, and headphones

Different supervisors will have different rules about cell phones, headphones, and other technology usage while you're working, but here are some things to keep in mind.

1. The time allotted for federal work study is for real work. It's not paid study hall or subsidized Netflix binges. 

2. People are less likely to approach a person using a cell phone, watching a video, or wearing headphones for assistance. If your Federal Work Study position focuses on customer service, it would be better to avoid the above behaviors while at work, and some work study supervisors may ban any or all of these during your work times.

3. When in doubt, ask your work study supervisor about technology guidelines for your position. Don't just assume something is or isn't okay.


Many federal work study positions involve access to personal information about fellow students, university applicants, faculty, and staff. Those records are confidential, and the unauthorized release of any personal records is strictly prohibited.

If you have any questions or doubts about an information request, it is your responsibility to discuss the request with a supervisor before releasing the information.