As a supervisor of student employees, you can have a profound impact on their development and overall student employment experience. Taking the time to give them formalized feedback, the opportunity to reflect and apply their skills to their future career.

National Student Employment Week is a chance for us to show appreciation for all the hard work and dedication of our outstanding students. At Iowa State, we celebrate with campus-wide activities, prizes, giveaways, and more! We have also compiled a toolkit for supervisors to use to hold their own celebrations for their own teams.

This event is designed to bring together supervisors from departments all over campus to exchange ideas, share resources and enhance leadership skills.

Workshops will include: The CyGROW program, Student Employee Wellness, Onboarding and New Student Staff Training, Career Readiness in Student Employees, Fostering Creativity and Technology Tools and Resources.

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The Cy™ GROW initiative will expand the use of the Career Readiness Competencies by encouraging areas to incorporate them into student employee job descriptions and implementing a campus-wide assessment tool that will allow student employees and supervisors to discuss competency development and areas for continued growth. In addition, we will be incorporating a set of guided reflection questions for student employees and their supervisors to explore multiple times during the period of employment. This will further identify ways students can apply their knowledge and skills in workplace settings. If interested email

As a student employee supervisor, your role profoundly influences the quality of work, productivity, and overall work attitude of the students you lead. We have curated a collection of resources to assist you in celebrating your employees. By logging into Box with your Iowa State credentials, you can access the Supervisor Toolkit. Within this toolkit, you’ll discover editable thank-you notes, vibrant pun graphics, and tools designed to encourage your students to reflect on their experiences as student employees.

Recognition Webinar

In this fireside chat, we cover the importance of acknowledging our student employees’ efforts and how it contributes to their overall experience.

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The Art of Giving and Receiving Meaningful Feedback

Dr. Brenda Allen from Iowa State University and Outreach hosted a webinar on providing feedback to employees. Both giving and receiving constructive feedback are essential to individual and organizational success. They are critical for healthy relationships and successful programs, yet many share that both are difficult.

This session provides an opportunity to explore and practice what it means to give meaningful feedback and how to accept feedback in healthy ways as well as discuss strategies that make some difficult conversations a little easier.

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Questions to think about:

  1. How is this job fitting in with your academics?
  2. What are you learning here at work that is helping with your school?
  3. What are you learning in class that you can apply here at work?
  4. Can you give me a couple examples of things you are using here at work you will use in your chosen profession?