Student Employees Achieve Series: Spring 2021

For any and all student employees, regardless of funding source or degree level. Trainings are available at the times below and on-demand. If these pre-scheduled times do not work for your staff, student employment can deliver tailored trainings via team meetings. Special training topics accepted. Our previous trainings from Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 are also available on-demand!

We want to make sure everyone can fully access our student employment events. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Elise Goss-Alexander at elise.goss-alexander@du.edu.

Remember to check with your supervisors to see if these trainings can be considered paid professional development.

Wednesday, 4/21 @ 4:30 pm | Articulating the Value of Your Student Employment Experience Register via Zoom (please pre-register)

Student employment is real employment! In your student employment position, you are using many of the transferable skills employers will be looking for upon graduation. The trick is explaining this to them. In this training, we’ll hear from recruiters at key Denver employers about how you can impress hiring managers with your student employment experience.

Career Competencies addressed: critical thinking; communications; career management.

Thursday, 4/29 @ 4:00 pm | Making Performance Evaluations Work for You | Register via Zoom (please pre-register)

Receiving feedback from your supervisor as a student employee can be hard, and scheduled performance evaluations are no different! But evaluations can also be a tool for you as you build career skills and plan for your professional future. In this training, you’ll learn how to prepare for an evaluation, how to deal with negative feedback, and how to use that conversation to advocate for a raise, promotion, or growth.

Career Competencies addressed: leadership; professionalism/work ethic; career management.

May 2021Navigating Conflict in the Workplace | Register via Zoom soon!

This training is being scheduled with The Conflict Center, a non-profit in here in Denver. Check back soon for more information. 

Conflict happens in all relationships, even in the relationship of a supervisor and student employee. This training will dive into assumptions, motivations and navigating challenging conversations. What stories are we creating that get in the way of productive interactions and conversations? If a roadblock occurs, how can we work through it in a positive way where folks get their needs met? We’ll discuss listening vs. understanding and delivering messages clearly and concisely. What are ways we can ensure that all parties feel heard and understood? How can we be clear from the beginning to avoid miscommunications that may occur later?

In addition, we will explore how unconscious bias works as an element in conflict on an interpersonal level as
well as how unconscious bias becomes ingrained in systems. We will be looking at conflict through the lens of power, privilege, and oppression as well as how identity influences perspective and experiences.

We will cover Cultivating Healthy Communication in a subsequent training. Navigating Conflict in the Workplace and Cultivating Healthy Communication will be open to both supervisors and student employees.

Career competencies addressed: DEI, problem solving, communication.

On-going | Professional Development Programming | PCO

Register for the many events we have on Professional Development on PCO. Topics include resume, cover letters, transferrable skills, interviewing, networking, salary negotiation, and more.

Career Competencies addressed: career management.

By Elise Goss-Alexander
Elise Goss-Alexander Assistant Director, Student Employment Elise Goss-Alexander