A detailed onboarding plan for student employees is key for any company participating in a work-integrated learning program. It’s an ideal way to ensure that the student who arrives for their placement feels valued, understands their surroundings and their role, and is set up for success.
Even with remote working, an onboarding process is key. While face-to-face contact may be reduced or completely eliminated, there are ways to successfully onboard your student.
Your Onboarding Checklist:
✔ Connect with your IT Team about student access to hardware, software and programs.
✔ Courier any hardware to the student. Make sure there are clear instructions.
✔ Make a list of key people for the student to meet in their first week.
✔ Book introductory meetings for the student.
✔ Create a list of tasks for the student’s first day and first week. Don’t overschedule them.
✔ Send a welcome email or phone call with the student at least a week before their start date. Make sure they know their start date and time.
✔ Schedule regular feedback sessions between you and the student.
✔ Invite them to social events and interact with them.
✔ Have a feedback session at the end of the placement to find out what did and didn’t work.