Student Employees Toolkit

Taking on a position as a student employee is a great Learn by Doing opportunity to apply new skillsets, build your professional network and establish your career. Designed specifically to support the needs of student employees, this toolkit includes on-demand courses, articles, videos and books to support your success in your new job, build your professional network, develop a growth mindset, master business skills and develop your professional image.

Succeeding in a New Job

Succeeding at a new job starts with a good foundation, an effective strategy, and an attitude of humility.

New Student Employee Welcome - A&F

This page contains important information and resources regarding your student employment.

Student Employees

Information on the student assistants employment program from Cal Poly's Administration & Finance Team.

 Student Employees Learning Bundles

Student Employees Power Skills

A selection of courses, articles and a webcast for personal development. Learn more in the areas of interpersonal communication, developing a growth and adaptive mind-set, self-discovery and time management.

Student Employees Customer Services Skills

A selection of courses about effectively communicating with customers, improving conversations, service excellence and addressing the needs of customers in an effective manner to succeed.

Student Employees Technical Skills

A selection of courses to improve technical skills including a webcast on Business Writing, Taking Effective and Professional Notes, Gmail for Web Using the Calendar Tools, and courses in Excel and Word.

 On-Demand Course

Building Upward Relationships

Winning the confidence of managers more senior to you requires understanding your organization and your boss's expectations and preferences. It also requires forthright communication, authenticity, and respect. This Challenge Series exercise examines possible strategies for building upward relationships.

Developing a Growth Mindset

People with a growth mindset achieve ever-higher levels of productivity and can help their organizations thrive; by contrast, people with a fixed mindset tend not to develop professionally, and may hinder an organization’s goals. In this course, you'll learn about the characteristics of a growth mindset, such as perseverance, and how to distinguish it from a fixed mindset.

Developing Your Professional Image

In this course, executive coach and organizational psychologist Gemma Leigh Roberts provides tips and guidance that can help you successfully navigate the start of your professional career. Gemma highlights the main differences between campus life and being part of the workforce, and explains how to develop the right mindset for dealing with workplace challenges and getting ahead in your career.

 Sites and Tools

How to Use LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning bridges the gap between the career you want and the skills you need. Learn online, at your own pace, with a library of 5,000+ creative, business, and technology courses, on subjects from art to Zend. Learn how to find the best courses to take using our recommendations and search tools, explore learning paths, play and pause training videos, use transcripts and exercise files, and customize your learning experience.

Learning LinkedIn for Students

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for students who are preparing to graduate and start the next exciting chapter of their lives. In this course, instructor Oliver Schinkten starts by showing how to build a stellar LinkedIn profile—whether or not you have previous work experience. He also offers tips for expanding your LinkedIn network, identifying job opportunities, connecting with recruiters, and building a professional brand by publishing interesting content and articles.

Cal Poly Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is a part of the Cal Poly Hunger Program which ensures that all students have access to nutritious meals every day in order to stay focused on their success at Cal Poly. The Food Pantry is a short-term service that is here to assist students who are experiencing food insecurity due to a financial struggle. Thanks to our generous donors, students can choose from a wide variety of packages and canned foods, frozen meals, and personal hygiene products. Health Education can also connect students with other resources if their needs are more demanding.


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The Successful Career Toolkit: Your Quick-Fire Guide to Mastering Business Skills

With practical, interactive exercises throughout, this helpful survival guide uses tried-and-trusted coaching techniques to help you face any imaginable workplace challenge providing concise and empowering guidance on a range of essential business skills.


New Job Survival Kit: 10 Steps to Surviving and Thriving in the First 100 Days of Your New Job

So you've just started an exciting new job. Now what? This book provides strategies you need to conquer your fears, capitalize on your strengths and make the most of opportunities that come your way.