Creating a Learning Environment for Student Workers

The Department of Career Planning and Development thinks it’s important that managers create learning environments for their student assistant team(s). Many employers post full-time jobs that are discipline specific (accounting, nursing, etc.), but they also are looking for soft skills – the type of skill set one can easily gain through any type of position – including student assistant jobs.

For example, most employers are seeking candidates who can work well in teams, and who can problem solve. They also may want to hire excellent communicators. All of these skills can be encouraged and coached in the context of a student assistant position, and we’d encourage you to create such an atmosphere. 

According to Forbes, the list of the top 10 skills employers seek is: 

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to obtain and process information
  • Ability to analyze quantitatize data
  • Technical knowledge related to the job
  • Proficiency with computer software programs
  • Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  • Ability to sell and influence others 

If you have any questions about how you can create an environment that promotes these skills for your students, please reach out to our Department’s Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, Amanda Long, at or by phone at 470.578.6555.