2012 Conference: Transforming the Student Employment Experience

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An archived educational session presented at the 92nd annual conference

Core Competencies: Communications, Leadership, Student Learning
Originally presented on March 20, 2012
The purpose of the collegiate experience is to foster development across campus. However, student employment no longer cultivates student growth; many employment models only perpetuate disengagement and resistance to responsibility. This session advocates for the incorporation of overt learning and developmental programs into employment structures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how working during the school year can positively affect the overall college experience for students.
  • Acquire a better understanding of the motivation for students to work, including gaining insight into the concept of the “student” label. 
  • Recognize the engagement and developmental differences that exist between students who work on campus and those that are employed off campus. 
  • Understand what specific student workplace experiences produce greater levels of student learning, engagement, and quality of work. 
  • Gain insight into the relationships between student employment experiences and student development in established domain areas. 
  • Learn how to integrate transformative learning into every aspect of a student's employment experience.

Program Resources

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Carl Bacon
University of Alabama

Natalie Beck
University of Alabama

Wanda Bishop
University of Alabama
Updated July 14, 2013