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. Here is an example video. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.
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.