Imagine working and learning differently

Connect and collaborate with peers to help reimagine the working learner experience. Leverage expert guidance and ready-to-use tools to start your transformation.

TheWork+Collective

 

Introducing a collaborative virtual space where curious individuals and groups can access and share resources in the quest to inspire and support rethinking student employment. Our work is informed by the Work+ Institute which is comprised of national cohort teams, guided by Arizona State University’s Work+ leadership as they transition from pilot programs to craft intentional strategies to rethink student employment for their institution.

 

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Student Work Reimagined
| stradaeducation.org
When Crystal Woods, a senior psychology major at Arizona State University, was applying for college, she felt overwhelmed. An aspiring first-generation college student, Woods was uncertain about the process, from admissions to financial aid. And even after arriving on campus, she felt alone and confused about what college was supposed to be like.
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VCU joining national Work+Collective to enhance on-campus student employment
| news.vcu.edu
Virginia Commonwealth University is one of 12 institutions nationwide selected to participate in the Work+Collective, an initiative focused on enhancing the on-campus student employee experience.
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From Paycheck to Purpose
| learningwellmag.org
On-campus jobs tend to be born from necessity, largely transactional, and not viewed as particularly meaningful. But what if brewing coffee in the campus cafe, or making calls in the development office, could be supported by mentors and learning modules that made these experiences an integral part of students’ educations and careers?
Student Employment Essentials (SEE) Training
The Student Employment Essentials (SEE) Training consists of two one-day seminars offering hands-on workshops that cover essential skills for student employment professionals, featuring expert trainers, practical information, networking opportunities, a training manual, and a certificate of completion.

Hosted by National Student Employment Association
July 22, 2024 - July 23, 2024

Madison, WI

Student Employment Essentials (SEE) Training
The Student Employment Essentials (SEE) Training consists of two one-day seminars offering hands-on workshops that cover essential skills for student employment professionals, featuring expert trainers, practical information, networking opportunities, a training manual, and a certificate of completion.

Hosted by National Student Employment Association
July 29, 2024 - July 30, 2024

Buffalo, NY

Student Employment Essentials (SEE) Training
The Student Employment Essentials (SEE) Training consists of two one-day seminars offering hands-on workshops that cover essential skills for student employment professionals, featuring expert trainers, practical information, networking opportunities, a training manual, and a certificate of completion.

Hosted by National Student Employment Association
September 19, 2024 - September 20, 2024

Tucson, AZ

The value of integrated work and learning

Work experiences that are integrated with learning and career interests empower students and provide access to valuable opportunities to learn by doing. Inclusive opportunities that provide support to working learners is key to academic progress and building skills that employers need.

80%

of all college students are employed during their undergraduate education

90%

of employers indicate they are more likely to hire a student who participated in a work study program or other form of employment during college

1.9x

more likely to “strongly agree” college was worth it if they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams

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Research key insights

 

Graduates whose work aligns with their values, strengths and interests are three times more likely to find a high purpose in their work. Explore research that can help inform and expand your understanding of where we are now and where we need to be.

 

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Pie graph showing the graduation rate of part-time workers is 63%.

A study by Georgetown University found that students who work part-time while in college are more likely to graduate than those who do not work at all, with a graduation rate of 63% for part-time workers compared to 45% for non-workers.