Student Onboarding, Why Their Journey Matters too
As for all the other new employees, a student’s onboarding experience should incorporate significant, comprehensive, and supportive behaviour, creating belonging and alignment with companies’ values and mission.
Paramount in a student’s self-development and start, with less comparison experience and who may be more reliant on the support and guidance of their employer, a company’s efforts with onboarding should be at their best, but, as we can read in this student’s experience, there have been ups and downs, even within a big corporation.
A comprehensive and supportive onboarding process can help students feel welcomed and valued and can also help them become productive and effective members of the team more quickly. On the other hand, a poor onboarding experience can have negative consequences such as reduced confidence, and lower productivity – which could potentially prolong and delay their professional development and integration within the company, and even a higher likelihood of leaving the company.
It is important for companies to invest in a strong and effective onboarding process to ensure that new hires, including students, can succeed in their roles and become valuable contributors to the organisation. When do you know that you have started to integrate and cross the line between a new employee to an incorporated employee? Extracting from the answers below, you will come to discover.
Sóley’s New Hire Journey
“I was a student assistant, and I was hired as a UI designer there. Later, I changed into being a UI/UX designer. I mostly worked on different UI design and creating apps.
I had three interviews, very thorough ones. It was at least an hour. So I felt like I knew the team pretty well already, compared to other hiring experiences. So when I came in I felt comfortable
On my first day, I actually only met two people because it was during COVID. Though it’s a very large corporation with huge offices and numerous employees, it was like we were alone.
I felt engaged already through the interviews I had. The first was a very casual one where they got to know my professional views. And the second interview was more technical where it was more into detail of how I do my work and how I implement things. And the last one was very personal. They were asking about my personal goals, like what I had been doing up until now. So I felt like they knew me very well, that was a nice experience.
Then I started my first day and it was my manager who onboarded me. She was also a UI/UX designer who was the design lead, and she was kind of my buddy/mentor during my first couple of months there. It was nice to have my buddy/mentor there so I could always ask her.
I also had to take a bunch of courses. On the first days I went into just taking courses about the company. Because it’s a biotech company, it’s quite complex what they work with and what is actually the product. So they were explaining that and the history of the company. So it took a couple of days to go through all that content.”