Student Employment Badging Program

Why earn a Student Employment Badge?

Enhance your résumé

Learn key workplace skills to be ready for your next job

Active reflection on workplace skills will help you ace your next interview

Gain access to Success Coaches to support you in your UW-Madison Experience

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Badges

Communication

This module will start with a review of what makes for good oral and written communication, then provide some best practices for navigating trickier situations, such as having difficult conversations, encouraging honest (even brutally honest) communication, and being authentic!

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Self

Dive into this module to reflect on how you understand yourself as a professional, such as your strengths as well as your areas for growth. Then learn about values and traits that will help you stand out in a professional environment!

Critical Thinking & Decision Making

This module starts with tips for effective decision making, such as setting criteria and centering diversity, equity, and inclusion, then discusses effective critical thinking skills, such as how to create systems to gather all information and perspectives and accurately summarizing and interpreting that information.

Supporting & Leading Others

For this competency, learn basics for leading others, such as developing trust, motivating others, and giving feedback, then learn how to support others, starting with understanding their goals and needs and then providing experiences and resources towards their growth!

Equity & Inclusion

Begin this module by reflecting on where you’re at in your understanding of equity and inclusion practices, then think through some practical steps you can take to center equity and inclusion in your work and life!

Begin this module by reflecting on where you’re at in your

Teamwork & Collaboration

In this module, review essential skills for being a great team player, such as relationship building, effective communication, and navigating conflict and compromise. Then get tips for becoming an effective leader of a team, such as building trust, consensus-building, and supporting team members.

How it works

Build your own adventure in picking the badges you would like to learn more about. To begin, select Get Started!

After successfully completing the relevant components of a Canvas module, you will earn a badge for that competency. Earned badges will then be displayed on your personal profile within the Student Jobs Platform and be visible to hiring mangers  when you apply for jobs.

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Student Supervisor Resources

About the badging program

Features 6 modules integrating the NACE competencies and the UW-Madison Leadership Framework

View student badges on the Student Jobs Platform

Hiring managers can view badges when students apply to your jobs

How to effectively use badges to make hiring decisions

Introducing badges into the student hiring process has the potential to create equity issues in hiring. We offer guidance below on how badges can complement rather than dominate your student hiring process. For more information on equitable student hiring practices, view our our Hiring Essentials Toolkit.

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Consider revamping your PD to include badge competencies

A well-designed position description (PD) should include what your organization needs, what you value, and how you will evaluate candidates. Typically, this will amount to 3-5 values or skills your hiring team has identified as necessities for a new student hire to possess or demonstrate in the hiring process.

Each of the 6 badges students can earn in this program integrate the NACE competencies and the UW-Madison Leadership Framework – so these are skills that employers and campus leadership have previously established as important to have upon graduation. With that, consider adapting your student positions descriptions to include these competencies in place of your 3-5 values or skills mentioned above. Centering these skills in your PD will help to establish a solid foundation for your students to grow and actively demonstrate these competencies within one’s student employment experience.

For more information on PDs, visit our Hiring Essentials Toolkit.

Use a rubric to evaluate all candidates

You may notice that some of your candidates have badges and others may not. A rubric is an excellent way to help ensure your review team is not giving preference to those with badges. It will instead keep your review team focused and centered on evaluating the 3-5 necessary values/skills needed for the role (as outlined in the PD).

To learn how to build or use a rubric, visit our Hiring Essentials Toolkit.

Create a conversation about earned badges in interviews

Notice that a student you’ve invited to interview has earned a badge? Ask them about what they learned or how they have demonstrated that competency in previous work or academic settings. This will help you understand how a student has moved their learning into action. See a few example questions below:

  • I noticed you’ve earned a Student Employment badge in ________ competency. Can you tell me more about what you learned and how it will help you succeed in this role?
  • I noticed you’ve earned a Student Employment badge in ________ competency. How have you actively demonstrated what you learned in this module(s) in your everyday life (i.e., classes, work, research, personal relationships)?

Please note, it is not a best practice to ask different questions to candidates based on their qualifications such as badges. If you have have invited students with badges and students without badges to an interview, consider creating a standard question about a particular skill or competency that is necessary for your student position, but aligns with the badging curriculum. See an example below:

  • Communication is a key skill successful candidates must have to be successful in this position. Can you tell me about a time when you displayed effective communication to overcome a challenge?

For more information on interview best practices, visit our Hiring Essentials Toolkit.

Talking points to share with your Hiring Committee

It is common to have students that work on your team or other staff members be active members in student hiring and recruitment processes. Please feel free to share this link with your review team to ensure everyone understands what Student Employment Badging program is and how it can be used to review candidates.