- Communicating Face-to-Face
- Ethical Behavior
- Etiquette at Work
- Social Media and You
- Taking Initiative
- The Importance of Mentors
- Written Communication
- Your Customer
Supervisors genuinely care about their student employees. They want their student employees to learn basic professional workplace skills and to flourish in an office environment; however, most supervisors do not have the time to do a lot of training. This Series solves that problem. Employers simply ask students to complete specific learning modules online and then turn them in – the same as a class assignment in college. The learning assignments are all ready to go.
Students Want Feedback and Guidance. Students want to understand organizational culture, expectations, and how to excel in their jobs and internships. Most students have not been coached before, so this Series will introduce them to real-world issues. Employers can then provide feedback and advice as students reflect on their job.
Alumni Wished They Had Such A Program. We have all heard alumni say something like “I wish I had known what the real world was like before my first job.” There is a steep learning curve in first-destination jobs and this Series makes it much easier to succeed after graduation because students will already understand professional behavior and work expectations.
How It Works
Once the supervisor and student select the learning modules, students complete them based on the schedule they develop. The student completes the assignments during work hours or the student and supervisor agree on an assignment schedule and the student submits their work as agreed.
The modules are built for maximum flexibility so that they can be completed over a period of time (such as when work is slow). Multiple modules may also be completed in one day.
At the end of each module there is a worksheet for the student to complete. This, in turn, is given to the supervisor so it can be discussed together by the supervisor and student.
- Students and supervisors review the learning modules and decide which ones the student will complete as part of their student-staff professional development. They may select all of them or just those that are most relevant to the job.
- Due dates and deadlines are established by both the supervisor and the student.
- Students complete the learning modules per the deadline schedule and turn them in to their supervisor, just as they currently do for their academic classes.
What are the Benefits?
- The Series gives supervisors a ready-made orientation and staff development process for their students.
- Supervisors receive ongoing information from students who document activities. This is very useful for managing work flow, performance evaluations, and updating job descriptions.
- The Series creates many opportunities for supervisors to coach and advise their students.
Students gain a deeper appreciation for work culture and how to think and act professionally.
- Students can make immediate adjustments and corrections on their job in real time rather than waiting for formal evaluations.
- Students are introduced to typical professional expectations that employers say are very important to them.
Suggestion: If you so choose, you can create badges or a certificate that a student can add to their resume as an indication of professional preparation.
Departments could create a certificate that a student would receive after he or she has completed all the modules that were selected within the Series.
What are the Costs?
The Career Readiness Series is free and fully accessible by supervisors and students. It was created by career professionals who saw a need for a well-designed program that introduces core professional concepts, but does not require intensive training. The only cost is the time it takes for students to complete the modules and regularly-scheduled meetings with their boss.