The second full week of April is designated as National Student Employment Week. Accordingly, colleges and universities across the country will recognize the importance of the student work experience and the students who play vital roles in campus service.
In addition to providing income, employment on campus can enrich students’ higher education experience with opportunities to develop skills in preparation for the world of work upon graduation. When students ask “what’s in it for me?” the answer is “plenty.”
Campuses prosper, too, when student employees contribute their energy, enthusiasm, and authentic voice in the workplace. Who better to serve as a tour guide or answer prospective student questions than a student employee who can “tell it like it is”? And in team meetings, student workers bring a credible perspective for consideration.
I am pleased to see more and more campuses turning student worker jobs into positions of leadership. The result is a win-win. Students have a bolstered resume (e.g., managed the student employee training program); campuses have a student employee eager to shine (e.g., minimizing the drain on a full-time employee’s time to coordinate a specific function).