The Student Employee of the Year (SOETY) Awards 2015 – what makes someone an outstanding student employee?

IMGL_0005The national Students Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards reward outstanding contributions and achievement within student employment. Last year’s winner Sion Platts-Kilburn won both the Jobshop/ Student Temp Award and Commercial Impact Award in the North West category for his consistent professionalism and enthusiasm in a number of on-campus roles.

We’re now looking for nominations for the 2015 SEOTY awards so thought we’d explain what we mean by outstanding student employees:

Here in Careers and Employability we often hear about outstanding student employees, either from local employers who have employed students or from members of staff within the university who have recruited students via our UniJob service. We hear stories of students who go above and beyond their role on a regular basis – student employees who make a huge impact in helping their employer achieve their objectives. For example, recently we heard about a University of Chester student who worked in the University’s library, where they returned books to shelves and assisted students. This UniJob employee regularly worked the early shift to help get everything ready before the library opened for the day, and maintained this level of commitment while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. The student’s line manager described this student as “an inspiration to us all.”

Other examples of outstanding student employees include those who have made a big commercial impact, by coming up with new ideas, reaching new audiences or identifying opportunities. This could be a student who creates rapport over the phone, adapts to the different needs of different service users or customers and who generally represents their employer in the best possible light, whilst working with limited supervision. One such student helped their employer’s project to stay on budget, through their professionalism, communication skills and ability to meet targets.

Sometimes it could be leadership potential that helps a student employee stand out. Another University of Chester student gained recognition from their employer for their ability to create internal and external networks, working with limited supervision and guidance to achieve goals. This student’s employer said that none of the companies they worked with would have known that the student wasn’t a permanent member of staff.

We are looking for nominations now, so if you know anyone who is outstanding in their role, please share our post with their employer!

To be considered for the awards, students need to be nominated by their employer for paid work they’ve done at any point between 18th April 2014 and 16th April 2015.

Nomination categories include:

· Above and Beyond

· Commercial Impact

· Job Shop/Student Temp Excellence

· Step Up to Leadership

Employers who wish to nominate an individual or a team of students can email unijob to request more information and an application form.

The closing date for applications is 10th April 2015 at 5pm.