Recognizing Student Employee Contributions
Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize
the importance of the student work experience during National
Student Employment Week. Student employment offers students
career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills
relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market
Of course, a primary motivation for most students is the need
to help pay for their education. Many students are able to earn
a significant portion of their college expenses, thus avoiding
the debt burden so common with college graduates today.
On their campuses, student employees perform invaluable services
with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Indeed, most schools
depend on the contributions of this reliable workforce for the
efficient operation of the entire campus.
It is appropriate to set aside a special week to draw the awareness
of others, both on campus and off, to the contributions student
workers make in the multitude of roles they fill. By celebrating
this week, you will reap the incidental benefits of increasing
employer awareness of the service you and your students provide,
increasing your employer base and positions available for students,
and providing an open forum for discussion of student employment
and career-related issues.