Start the Job Off Right!

  • Build relationships. Get to know your co-workers. This means fellow support staff members and teachers.
  • Check school policy. Know which policies affect your work assignment (discipline policy, dispensing of medication).
  • Find a shoulder. From time to time, you may need to talk to someone about the job or for advice. Find someone to turn to that you can trust.
  • Get organized. Set up a routine for getting your work done efficiently.
  • Improve yourself. Set at least one goal to work toward in your job whether it's a promotion or improving a skill.
  • Develop resources. Know where to go to get help when you need it. Your association building rep is a good place to start.
  • Do your best. Know what can keep you from doing your best at work and then figure out a way to work around it.
  • Be prepared for working with students. If your work involves students, know what policies affect you and them. If you are working with a teacher, know what is expected of you.
  • Be flexible.
  • Be patient.