Working has become a fundamental responsibility of many undergraduate students to pay for the ever increasing cost of college. But, we believe working should enhance student’s educational experiences, not deter them.
To facilitate the most effective mutual relationships, here are a few things to keep in mind when setting expectations for your student hires.
1. Flexible schedules
Students have demanding academic schedules, but they value the hands-on experience that you are providing! Some weeks are naturally busier than others for most students, so how many hours they are able to give each week to your business will vary. Check in with your students on a weekly basis to determine what tasks/projects can realistically be completed that week, and try to be flexible with timelines! Planning tasks and communicating them in advance will help both you and your students stay on track and advance toward your business’s goals.
2. Asking Questions
Students are looking to show off their skills just as much as they are trying to learn, so be sure to be open to answering their questions. Help them help your business by establishing open communication and being approachable! Additionally, giving clear instructions and being hands on in this process will help students better understand the larger goals for the tasks they are working on, and therefore can contribute their best work to help your business grow.
3. Understanding Qualifications
For some students, working with your business may be their first experience in the job field, so they may not be familiar with industry knowledge like terminology, programs, company organization, etc. Although students may not have hard skills in your business’s industry, their academic studies may coincide with the position, which adds significant potential to keeping your business up to date. Prioritizing soft skills like leadership, communication, time management is key, and will contribute to an overall productive work environment. But, to avoid qualification discrepancies, be sure to be specific when defining qualifications for the specific roles you are looking to fill.
4. Career Development
Again, students are not looking for a dead end job. For students, this opportunity helps them enhance current skills and develop new ones, all for the benefit of your business. Learning on the job is part of the process, so being available for guidance will fuel students curiosity in this career. Additionally, offer students chances to bring new ideas to the table. By creating and demonstrating a sense of value in their work, students will feel driven towards your business’s goals and take pride in high-quality work.