Crucial Things To Remember About Student Workers

By Francine Fluetsch on August 15, 2015

When hiring student workers, there are a few things that you will have to keep in mind about their lifestyles. Knowing these things in advance will save you frustration later, and will help you better understand your employees that are still figuring their lives out.

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Hectic schedules

Most students are full-time students (meaning they are taking at least 15 units), which means that they are going to request to work odd hours in between their classes and when they are done with school for the day. Many students take on extra projects like tutoring and study groups to beef up their resumes and their grades, which will have to be factored in to their already hectic lives.

Students are constantly piling things on to see how much they will be able to handle at a given time, so knowing they will have this sort of schedule when you hire them will be quite helpful.

In the first two weeks of a quarter/semester, many students will be changing around their schedules because they are adding or dropping classes, so if you can be flexible for them, that would really take a bit of stress off of their shoulders.

After that, their schedule should remain constant until they have to pick new classes, and then the madness will begin again, so just be ready for that.

Stress galore

They say that out of work/school, sleep, and social life, you can only pick two to really excel at, but students will push the boundary of picking two options and attempt to include all three, meaning that their stress levels can get quite high. This shouldn’t interfere with their ability to work, they just might be a bit frazzled from time to time, especially around midterms and finals.

Having options where it is easy for them to get someone to cover their shift would really help them out during these crazy times. If there is a slow period at work, would you be against them starting on their homework? I know some places are cool with this, and if you don’t mind, make sure to let the students know.

Relationship issues

Relationships are so complicated nowadays that your student workers are bound to get their hearts broken, and though they shouldn’t bring their social life into the work environment, it can be quite hard to keep your emotions at bay, especially after a breakup when all you can think about is the person that screwed you over.

Student workers are still at the awkward stage of turning into adults, so they may be more fragile and emotional at times due to their romantic affairs. If they are down in the dumps, cupcakes are always a great office pick-me-up.

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Class load

It might be helpful for you to sit down with your student workers at the beginning of the quarter/semester and discuss how much schoolwork they are going to be taking on, and how much work they will be able to handle on top of it.

The students should be able to be open with you about what they think they can handle, and if something changes over the course of the quarter/semester, they can let you know. Sometimes there is no telling how hard a class will be until you take the first midterm, and the students will have to figure out how much effort each task will require.


Students that don’t live close to their school may really want to leave for holidays and for summer, so this is another thing to keep in mind when hiring students. I know that some don’t really want to stay with their families, so they are completely fine staying close to school over summer to work, but others (like me) enjoy getting to go home and spending time with family and friends.

What kind of policy will you have on this? Maybe if the students work partially over winter break, then they can go home for the rest of it, or whatever you wish to implement. Depending on your company, the student could also work at the local branch in their hometown when they are away, so they aren’t losing any experience and will be able to pick up right where they left off when they get back.


Student workers are really big on the social aspect, so having work outings would be really beneficial. It will prevent them from talking too much on the job, will help your employees get along, and will help your student workers feel like they sort of have a social life. Even having fun little things like a potluck at work or a themed dress week will really perk them up after a rough time at school.

These are just a few things to keep in mind about your student workers. They are still trying to figure themselves out, and the more you know them, the better the experience will be for both parties.

By Francine Fluetsch

Uloop Writer
UC Santa Cruz
Hi! I'm Francine and I'm a fourth year Creative Writing major at UC Santa Cruz. I am one of the Campus life columnists on Uloop's National Team and also the campus editor for UCSC. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking selfies with my cat.

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