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 track and stay there.
- 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.
- Dress professionally.
- Arrive early.
- Come prepared.
- Listen carefully.
- Answer questions honestly.
- Ask questions.
In the workplace
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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