Advice on Mentorship

Supervising a new student employee

  • Arrange a welcome orientation and a tour.  Introduce your new employee to their new colleagues. Ensure that anything a new employee needs (for example, their computer, phone, tools, workspace, etc.) are set up in advance.
  • Tailor your orientation process to the student's level of experience. This could include providing information about workplace behaviour and safety, information about etiquette, and expectations surrounding confidentiality. 
  • Allow for a learning curve. This may be their first experience in a professional environment. 
  • Establish check-ins on a regular basis. 
  • Provide feedback regularly at scheduled review sessions. Be open to adjusting the student's responsibilities as needed.
  • Provide the student with relevant materials that will help them in their new role, like information about past projects, examples, and templates.
  • Invite students to connect with their colleagues or other professional colleagues that may help them explore their path. Facilitate meetings.
  • Invite students to staff social activities.
  • Help your employee to learn about the company's culture. Share success stories and stories of challenges that have been overcome.