Engage - Guide - Careers, Internships & Employment - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Prepare to engage a student

Preparation is vital. The most important thing is for you to have a clear idea of what you want your student to do, and the logistics of how they are going to work within your organisation.

A well organised placement can help a student develop their professional skills, increase their confidence, and enable them to see your organisation at its best.

But a lack of preparation can create a negative experience for both you and your student, so to ensure the best experience for everyone there are several questions that you need to ask yourself.

Define your objectives

Do you know what you want your student to do? Do you have defined objectives?

Working conditions

Do you have available workspace for your student to work? If the student requires equipment to complete their tasks, is the equipment readily available and in working order?

Supervision and assistance

Are you able to provide ample supervision and assistance for your student?

Policy and procedure

Are you ready to brief your student oncompany policies and OHS procedures?

Appropriate dress and presentation

Have you prepared information on appropriate dress and presentation standards?

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