Office of Career Connections
Expectations and Learning
Southern Oregon University values the contributions of its many student employees. The work you do on behalf of the University contributes greatly to the various teaching, research, operational and administrative functions of the University. Student employees are an important part of many of our departments on campus and enhance a workplace that is vibrant and diverse.
Student employment is intended to be a learning experience that complements a student's academic and career goals and provides valuable work experience. Below is a list of some benefits of working on campus.
- For students new to the University, working on campus helps develop a sense of community and belonging. Students who feel they are a part of their university tend to do better scholastically.
- Student earnings are an important source of financial assistance and they benefit by working on campus with flexible scheduling and eliminating the need for transportation to an off-campus site.
- Students with little or no employment history may establish a work record and learn the fundamental skills of employment such as punctuality, communication, cooperation, and time management.
- Students prepare for the world of work through processes of interviewing, hiring, training, supervision, relating to coworkers and the public, meeting expectations, and achieving goals.
- Students have opportunities to sample several career choices through varied work experiences.
- Students with defined career objectives gain related experience that enriches their educational program.
- Students with otherwise limited exposure and opportunity for networking may also make valuable contacts with professionals in their chosen fields.
As a student employee, you will meet with your supervisor for a performance evaluation. This is an opportunity to discuss your job performance as it pertains to job duties and pre-established learning outcomes. The evaluation time should also be used for you to give feedback on your employment experience. It is highly recommended that you complete the Student Employee Self-Assessment Form prior to your performance evaluation. Supervisors must complete formal performance evaluations with student employees by May 15 or at termination. To maintain campus wide consistency, this evaluation should consist of a "sit down" meeting and include a written evaluation signed by both the employee and supervisor.
Once you have started working on campus, it is highly recommended that you begin incorporating your experiences into a professional resume.