In order for Agency Life to work properly, we need to make sure you know what to expect. We’ve mentioned what you can expect from our students in our post about projects but we also need you to know what we and the students need from you. It’s not very onerous.
- Students will need to regard you as an employer. So – the thing you do with all employees is make sure they’re in when you expect them to be. A key life experience is “turning up for work” and we rely on you to make sure that’s covered.
- At the end of Term 1, you’ll need to check the student proposed Personal Development Plan (PDP) – a short A4 document – and you’ll need to agree that you think it’s what the student should do in order to develop and improve throughout Term 2.
- At the end of Term 1 & 2, you’ll need to use a short form to assess the quality of the team’s work and to assess their qualities as a team.
That’s all the paperwork – we’ve kept it to a minimum.
The key thing is keeping the student team working. The tasks should be enough to keep them busy for 2 terms – so whether it’s lots of different tasks every week, a long project over two terms or several short projects: it’s up to you and your firm. Whatever gives you some value back and provides that “experience” that you would be happy to accept when you want those graduates with experience later on.