Supporting Working Learners
Here’s a handy homepage for supporting your supervisor needs. This is where you’ll find resources and links to assets for your Working Learners journey.
A handy template for guiding meetings with Working Learners
At the close of the academic term, have your students fill out the evaluation form
1. Set time to regularly meet with your student worker
If you already do this, great! Beyond going over basic project updates, think about ways to share the big picture with student workers, who are often left out of the loop. Understanding their role within a larger context is key to workplace empowerment and investment.
2. Support their professional goals
Start an ongoing conversation about their professional goals. What kind of field and specialization are they interested in developing or exploring? What opportunities are they seeking in this position? Try adjusting their work to support their professional goals: they’ll be more motivated and you’ll see more results. Win-win!
3. Review their portfolio with them
Take time to review their portfolio reflections with them. If applicable, offer your professional insights. But remember: you’re here to empower, not to lecture. Honor their perspectives and choices.