What are some work tips you would pass on to an employee with similar job duties?
It may get overwhelming, but the most important thing is to always ask for feedback and not to be afraid of that feedback, and work with it. It’s important to keep an open mind and not be too critical of yourself if mistakes happen during the first events that you plan, and to keep a positive attitude. You are there to serve students, and even if the reviews may not all be positive, the training sessions are there for (the students’) benefit.
What are some work practices that works best for you in your position?
Definitely stepping back and allowing others to lead – I am not that good at delegating tasks, so I practice being collaborative and asking what other staff members would want to do or would want to see. Making the work a group aspect works best.
How do you envision improvement within the student trainings?
I am totally on board with Christina Van Wingerden on working to make training materials available and accessible online; that way, students can access these materials at any time if they miss training, and can still learn everything that other staff are learning at the trainings. This will also find the appropriate training materials/sessions that pairs well with staff.
What is the most difficult and interesting part of your position at WWU?
The most difficult part of my position is when employees come and have life commitments that cause them to leave their positions, and I have to say goodbye. It’s also hard to follow through with disciplinary processes because of the work relationships and friendships that have formed, while keeping in mind that all students are equal and the same processes must be used despite whatever relationship we may have. The most interesting part is definitely getting to know almost every single person working in the AS, getting to interact with them and branch out, which is really great!
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