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Student Employee Appreciation Week: A Time for Recognition and Reflection

Posted Mar. 31, 2014
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In conjunction with the National Student Employment Association, Kent State University’s Career Services Center has designated April 13-19 as Student Employee Appreciation Week to show appreciation to all student employees. The Career Services Center is encouraging all departments to recognize their student employees in many different ways, whether it’s a simple thank you card, appreciation certificate or homemade treat.

“It’s definitely important to appreciate student employees because they are working hard toward their academics, as well as working part-time to hone their skills and gain experience,” says Ami Hollis, associate director for Career Services. “They do valuable work for the university.”

Appreciation also can be shown through placing an ad in the Daily Kent Stater’s special Student Employee Appreciation edition on April 18.

Career Services is also encouraging departments to engage each student employee in reflecting on their work experience through the Students @ Work questionnaire, a survey designed to create a conversation about skills being learned in the workplace.

“What we’re trying to do is help the supervisor make a meaningful connection with the student through a guided dialogue,” says Hollis. “The feedback support is helpful in order for the supervisor to have that conversation with the student to get them thinking about the connection between the work they’re doing here at the university, their academics and their future career.”

Once completed, the questionnaire should be forwarded to the Career Services Center in order for them to follow up with students requiring career planning assistance.

For more information and to download the Students @ Work questionnaire, visit www.kent.edu/career/jobs/students_at_work.cfm.