Supporting Working Learners

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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.

Program resources

Meeting template
A handy template for guiding meetings with Working Learners.

Link

Evaluation form
At the close of the academic term, have your students fill out the evaluation form.
Evaluation form

How to support your working learner student

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.

It might help to think back to your own career beginnings. What questions did you have? What challenges did you face? Think about key actions you can take to make that crucial difference for them. Connect with other WLP supervisors and exchange notes.