Bethelites usually start off in the cleaning dept
Or construction, waiter crew, kitchen, laundry, bldg maintenence, etc.
Basically, there is a big difference between temporary Bethelites (who arn't even really considered Bethelites) and permanent Bethelites. In any case, you have no control of where you work or what you do, you have a very restrictive schedule (morning worship, work, meetings, sleep. repeat 6 days a week), and no means of making money unless you get in with some people with connections who do "g-jobs" which are basically work outside of Bethel and nearly always paid under the table.
Your first year at Bethel is under high scrutiny because your overseers are trying to decide if they want to reccomend you for staying and becoming a permanent "permanent" Bethelite, whereas before you were considered only slightly permanent, since it was your first year. Temps are treated completely differently, and usually room with other temps in an outlying building. An old saying was: "Kill a temp., save a Bethelite" or something like that. Basically it just refers to temporary Bethelites getting the shit jobs like digging trenches on the construction crew regardless of their abilities. I knew architects who volunteered for a few weeks or months at a time and got assigned to digging holes and trenches.
Seniority is everything, and I mean everything. It doesnt matter if the 20-year-old sheltered bafoon from West Virginia doesn't have shit for brains - if he has been at Bethel longer than you, you have to obey him and not even propose alternate techniques for doing the job. The oversight at Bethel prides itself in supporting these tactics. The idea is that this process shows them what you are made of - basically if you can take orders and perform well without asking any questions. This is what they look for, and this is what will make you an outstanding and well-respected Bethelite, if you can mindlessly obey orders and never question authority under any circumstances. If you do anything less, it will subject you to suspicion, or be seen as having an "attitude problem."
I spent over a year at Bethel (not as long as many on this board) at Wallkill, in the US. I loved it at the time, but knew I couldn't last. I'm not the type than can do any job - I have to enjoy what I do. I also am a very ethical person, and many things that happened or that I heard about at Bethel troubled me greatly. Living as a Bethelite helped me see a lot of the hypocrisy even among the highest ranks of the organization, and for that I am thankful.