Employers asked us to create this program.
They wanted their student employees and interns to learn basic professional workplace skills. Supervisors genuinely care about their students and want them to flourish, but most supervisors don’t have the time to do a lot of training. The Passport solves that problem. Employers simply ask students to complete specific learning modules online and then turn them in – the same as a class assignment in college. The learning assignments are all ready to go.
Students want feedback and guidance.
Students want to understand organizational culture, expectations, and how to excel in their jobs and internships. Most students have not been coached before, so The Passport assignments introduce them to real-world issues. Then employers provide feedback and advice as students reflect on their job.
Alumni wished they had such a program.
We have all heard alumni say something like “I wish I had known what the real world was like before my first job.” There is a steep learning curve in first destination jobs and The Passport makes it much easier to succeed after graduation because students will already understand professional behavior and work expectations.
What are the Costs?
The Passport is free and fully accessible by supervisors and students. It was designed by a team of supervisors, students, and faculty who needed an elegant program that introduces core professional concepts but does not require intensive training. The only cost is the time it takes for students to complete the modules and regularly scheduled meetings with their boss.
View samples of a Passport Planning Calendar, Signature Form, and Evaluation Form
Once the supervisor and student select the learning modules, students complete them based on the schedule they develop.
The modules are built for maximum flexibility so that they can be completed over a period of time (such as when work is slow). You can also complete multiple modules in one day.
At the end of each module there is a worksheet that the student fills out and puts in a dropbox, a shared document folder, or printed as a hard copy so the supervisor and student can go over them together. If you do not have a Google Drive here are instructions to get this started:
Content provided by the Willamette University Career Center.