What is our obligation to students?

26 Apr

Over the past month, we have profiled 6 remarkable local students here on the blog. (Click on a photo to read the post.)

But it simply isn’t enough to acknowledge great students.

As a business community, we have to support them on an ongoing basis as they get their sea legs in the professional world.

Not just this tremendous group, but students period.

Here’s how we can do that:

  • Follow them on Twitter.
  • Connect with them at networking events. Invite them to join you at one.
  • Read their blog posts, comment on them and share them.
  • Check out their Linkedin profiles.
  • Point them in the direction of opportunities you hear of.
  • Recommend them.
  • Offer to meet with them to find out how you might be able to help.
  • Mentor them.
  • Introduce them to people who could benefit them.
  • Offer to speak at their schools.
  • Invite them in to your business as interns.

Most importantly, we need to make this a regular part of how we work. These 6 top students are just the tip of an iceberg flowing out of our schools and into our work force.  I could have written dozens of profiles. Who are their advocates in the community if not us?

We are all students at some stage making the transition into the working world.

What are you doing for a student this week?

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6 Responses to “What is our obligation to students?”

  1. mike fromowitz April 26, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Mantra Partners takes on students for summer internship.
    We keep in touch with them through their early (first) jobs.
    We talk about creativity and ideas and branding at their schools.

  2. dougbrowncreative April 26, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I know from experience Mike that you’re a great instructor and mentor for people getting in the biz.

  3. margriet aasman April 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I love your attitude and suggestions. It has stimulated my thinking on it. Besides feeling good, the benefits to our profession are great. It might even help us to find and nurture talent for our own agency. This is always a challenge in the north.

  4. dougbrowncreative April 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    It’s a challenge in any small market, but particularly in isolated communities like Whitehorse. Thank you for letting me know you found it helpful Margriet.

  5. Terrance Lam April 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Love to hear from the community for my students at Pacific Design Academy. In the short year and a half I’ve been with the college, I’ve been welcoming fellow professionals to share their insights into the industry.

    I welcome people to contact me and would be pleased to have you share your experiences with our up and coming talents.

    Terrance Lam
    Department Head of Graphic Design
    Pacific Design Academy

    terrance@pacificdesignacademy.com

  6. Kreh May 4, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Its a nice advocacy to help other students and encourage them to continue doing their good deeds.

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