The Students @ Work program is designed to support supervisors in facilitating student employees' reflection on their experiences in order to help students integrate and apply what they are learning on the job and in the classroom to their future career.
While supervisors routinely converse with students on daily work assignments, they can be key contributors toward helping students connect the dots between not only "work and school" but work and future career aspirations.
The Students @ Work program utilizes a conversation format to guide dialogue between student employees and supervisors in order to help students:
On average, 75% of all college students are employed while taking classes. Studies show that students who work on campus 20 hours or less each week actually do better academically than those students who work off campus or do not work at all.
Other benefits for students include:
As a supervisor, the satisfaction of being a role model and sharing one's expertise, insight and passion with young professionals can be very rewarding. Supervisors help to empower students to be the best they can be, and in return, supervisors benefit from improved morale and appreciative student staff who will flourish at the university.
Other benefits for departments include:
Inspiration for the Students @ Work program is attributed to Dr. George Kuh, Founding Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement, and the IOWA GROW initiative.
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