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Old 10-12-2013, 11:07 PM
 
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I currently work for an MGM property but have been thinking about quitting for a more flexible job to suit my schedule (school and internship). I wouldn't want to transfer because casino jobs in general aren't flexible. I also want to be related to my field (marketing/advertising or PR) and those positions require either 9-5 and/or is full time. Which I can't do because my goal is to graduate college first.

I would want to re-apply after graduation for the MAP program for my dept. I graduate in less than two years. If I do quit I will probably move to internships in my field and focus on that. Right now my time is divided between my internship and job and class that I feel like I could be learning more but can't because of work.

Basically I wanted to know if it would be better for me to stick it out until the MAP program or would just having that previous casino experience impressive already?
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I don't know what you do in the casino, but can you drop down to extra board. This makes you a part timer, and not steady, but it keeps your experience going, and keeps you in their system. This generally is more flexible than full time. When you have your degree, you can then apply for a position that fits the degree from inside.

Also, does MGM have any sort of scholarship program? As a full timer, they may have programs to help you get your degree. Have you looked into this?
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. What exactly is "extra board"? I have never heard of that term. I work mostly full-time hours but am on-call. One week I will have 8-16 hours, and the next I'll have 40. On average I work about 4-5 days a week anyway, and even if it is not full time, my ideal hours would be around 16-25.

I don't think MGM does. I was told that we did but it was discontinued a while back. If anyone does know about this, it would be great! I've asked and done my research but have found nothing.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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Leaving your position to further your education or skillset either through college or accepting another position somewhere else in the industry could only be viewed as positive by any hiring manager with common sense. Directors and hiring managers are looking for go getters that do what it takes to improve their career.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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It depends on the job. I know the pits have extra boards for when they need fill in dealers. ScoopLV, our resident restaurant cook, has stated the restaurants have them. Generally, the first spot anyone gets in a place with an extra board is on it. They call you in when they need someone to fill in for someone who's out. I don't think the 9-5 office jobs have them.

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Thanks for the response. What exactly is "extra board"? I have never heard of that term. I work mostly full-time hours but am on-call. One week I will have 8-16 hours, and the next I'll have 40. On average I work about 4-5 days a week anyway, and even if it is not full time, my ideal hours would be around 16-25.

I don't think MGM does. I was told that we did but it was discontinued a while back. If anyone does know about this, it would be great! I've asked and done my research but have found nothing.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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On call and extra board are the same thing essentially. Extra board and steady extra is the terms used by the Culinary and Bartenders union to classify a temporary positions
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