Information for Student Employees

Student employment is a great learning experience. Working on campus gives you, as a student, skills needed to succeed in your own career. Below are some tips that can help you start out on the right 042track and stay there.

Student employment teaches you to:
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Work with deadlines.
  • Work as a team.
  • Communicate with your supervisor and co-workers.

You can also learn many other crucial skills that will help you in this job and the next one.


(Learn more from the experts: visit Career Services in Garcia Annex)

  • Dress professionally.
  • Arrive early.
  • Come prepared.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Answer questions honestly.
  • Ask questions.

In the workplace

Dress code

  • Ask about the dress code for your workplace.
  • Dress accordingly at all times while working.


  • If you must miss work, let your supervisor know as soon as you can.
  • Listen to instructions.
  • Ask questions when needed.
  • Always ask for deadlines for tasks.


  • Arrive on time for work.
  • If you know you will be late, contact your supervisor.

Stay on task

  • Complete assignments by deadline.
  • Give your complete attention to your work.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum, such as limiting personal cell phone calls.
  • If you run out of work to do, ask your supervisor for more.

Customer service

  • Ask your supervisor what are his or her expectations regarding customer service.
  • Greet visitors with kindness and respect.
  • Ask visitors “How can I help you?”
  • Listen to what they have to say.
  • Help them as best as you can.
  • Answer phone calls professionally.

Good attitude

  • Come to work prepared for the day.
  • Treat those around you with respect.
  • If you have concerns, address them at the appropriate time with your supervisor.


As a student employees at a university, you might hear things about students you know. But professionalism and federal law both require that we protect that information. NMSU offers a free online tutorial in which you can learn more about student privacy rights. Some other tips:

  • What is said in the office, stays in the office.
  • Do not discuss other employees’ work with anyone.
  • Do not get caught up in office drama or gossip.


  • When you have completed a task, ask what else needs to be done.
  • If you have downtime, and it is allowed by office policies (check first!), work quietly on homework.
  • Don’t distract others.
  • Keep internet sites appropriate for the workplace.

Emergency notice plans

  • Ask about emergency escape plans.
  • Know the emergency escape plans.
  • If needed, keep a copy by your work station.
Student Employment is crucial in helping the faculty and staff complete the business of the university. Work done by students is  important, even if it seems trivial. Student employment helps students learn workplace skills that will help them in their careers.

  • Your job is important.
  • Supervisors rely on you to complete your tasks.
  • Student employment is great experience.
  • Have a good attitude.
  • Student Employment is a real job.

Content contributed by student employees in the
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

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