Development and Reflection Program

Meaningful work happens every day on campus. Through student employment, you develop concrete skills and build your professional network. The Student Employment Development & Reflection Program supports students and supervisors in setting goals, discussing performance, reflecting on growth, and articulating skills gained.  Participants in the program will:

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Create learning goals
  • Engage in performance reviews at the middle and end of the year
  • Complete reflection surveys
  • Join peers for two workshops during the year

As a student in the program, you will develop concrete skills and practice articulating these skills. You will deepen your self-awareness and build confidence, informing your decisions about where and how you spend your time as a student at Bates, and preparing you for future interviews and performance evaluations in careers post-Bates.

The Development and Reflection Program “enabled me to best identify, develop and articulate the skills I will need to be successful in a project management role in the future. I have built a solid career support network which gives me the confidence I need to overcome challenges in the workplace and do well in a long-term career.” – Bantu Mabaso ‘18

As a supervisor in the program, you will access guidance, resources, and a cohort of peers developing your role as a manager.  

“The structure of the program allows for meaningful professional relationships to develop among the students and their supervisors.” – Michael Milliken, Bates Human Resources

How Do I Get Involved?

Any and all supervisors and students may opt in to the program. Supervisors who have already opted in reference the program in their Handshake job postings. Students hired into these positions receive orientation information once hired.

Contact Amy Wooldridge, Associate Director, Internship Design, if you’re interested in participating.

This program is developed and managed by the Bates Student Employment Office & the Purposeful Work initiative.

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