The Enriched Student Employment initiative is a collaboration between the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, Human Resources, and other key offices. The goals of the initiative include:
- Educating students on the value of part-time jobs on campus through the framework of career competencies
- Providing resources and tools to students to learn how to communicate skills gained through resumes, interviews, and other communication with employers
- Providing tools and professional development to on-campus employers to help them elevate part-time jobs within their departments.
Departments, offices, or other UT-affiliated employers can contact the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration to schedule a consultation on implementing Enriched Student Employment with their student employees. Feel free to use the resources and examples to get started on your own.
The first step in enhancing your student employee positions is evaluating your job descriptions.
- Have you adequately described the duties and responsibilities of the role?
- Do they include information about skills or competencies that students will gain on the job?
- Is there the potential to include a learning outcome?
- Have you outlined any requirements that are necessary to fulfill this role?
The before and after position descriptions utilize the NACE Career Competencies to help students understand what they are learning on the job.
The Hiring Process
Next, include the following in your conversations during interviewing and onboarding:
- An overview of the skills and competencies that the student may gain in this role. Review the NACE Career Competencies.
- Ask the student how they see this job fitting into their career preparation.
- Be clear about your expectations and ask the student if they have expectations about the job.
Have periodic supervision conversations at least once a semester and discuss:
- What new skills have you gained through this position?
- What competencies have you improved through your work?
- What are areas you believe you could still improve in?
- Are there new projects or tasks you’d like to take on?
- In what ways is this job helping you with your career preparation?
- What are your career goals? What skills do you need for that career? What skills have you used in this position? What else could you do to develop those skills?
- Can you see this job helping you achieve your career goals?
- What have you learned in the position?
- What has been a challenging situation and how did you solve it in the moment?
- Have you used anything that you learned in your classes on the job?
Ask your students to rate themselves on the Career Competencies and set goals about which ones to develop. Utilize this resource to guide to conversation.
Formally evaluate your student once a semester or once a year:
- Consider having students complete self-evaluations and comparing to supervisor evaluation.
- Weave career competencies into the formal evaluation.
- Include goals, developed together, in the discussion.
Utilize the examples below to develop an evaluation appropriate to the student employee role you supervise.
Finally, reflect on the experience:
- Were your student employees more invested in the job/work environment as a result of the enhancement?
- Did you see growth in your student employees?
- Did you improve your supervisory skills?
- What would you change or do differently with future employees?
Career Ready Guide
By participating in the pilot program for Enhanced Student Employment, your student employees have access to the Career Ready Guide. By working through eight online modules around career competencies, students will learn how to develop and articulate soft skills valued by employers. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on how student employment and other experiences help them hone their competencies.