Student On-campus Jobs Programme

Introduction

The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education (DLIHE) believes in a holistic approach to education. Based on the core Buddhist principle of Dependent Origination and ethics of Compassion, our Educational Programme focusses on developing the whole person by providing both academics and life skills programmes. The Student On-campus Jobs Programme is an essential life skills programme taking education beyond the confines of the classroom into the real world making it possible for students to gain personal insight into their own interests, skills and abilities and to know each other not just as classmates but also as co-workers. It is our goal to make DLIHE a place where our students, faculty and staff are actively engaged in a continuous learning environment and where ethics beyond religion is practiced through dignity of labour, equality, and love and compassion for all sentient beings.

Goals and Purposes

The Student On-campus Jobs Programme aims to make students independent and responsible citizens. The Programme also focusses on inculcating leadership skills, team building skills and in promoting high standards in everything we do in life. As an essential component of holistic education here at DLIHE, the Jobs programme establishes a pattern of learning through work that continues long after our students graduate.

The Jobs Programme is designed to serve the following purposes:

  • Support the educational programmes by providing students with opportunities to gain valuable work skills and work experience ;
  • Give students a means to finance their educational expenses;
  • Provide the Institute with additional staff for key operations;
  • Provide opportunities for students to give back to the community;
  • Allow students to develop important life skills and values such as self-responsibility, self -discipline, effective supervision, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making skills.

Expectations for Student Workers

Students taking part in the Jobs Programme are expected to abide by the following principles:

  • Show enthusiasm in learning on the job
  • Work as a valuable member of a team
  • Act with mindfulness and integrity
  • Respect all people and be of service to those in need
  • Act with genuine love and compassion for all
  • Encourage and demonstrate simple but sustainable living habits
  • Appreciate work well done

Applying for a Job

When applying for a job, interested students are advised to follow the guidelines below:

  • To join or not to join the Jobs Program is a student choice;
  • Job opportunities will be put up on the Bulletin boards and uploaded on the Institute website as and when they are available;
  • Interested students must submit a written application for a job to the Principal;
  • Job appointments will be made on the basis of references and interviews;
  • Job orientation will be provided to all selected students;
  • Unacceptable conduct and unsatisfactory performances on the job may lead to job termination.

Acknowledgment and References

DLIHE thank Dr. David K. Tipton, Dean of Labor, Labor Program, Berea College (USA) for giving us permission to use their Labour Program concepts and tools and also, for most generously giving us access to the documents and web links listed below:

  1. Labor Program 2013 Brochure 011113.pdf – Overview of the practical educational elements of thelabor program at Berea College.
  2. Calls for Higher Education to be more career oriented 100912.docs
  3. Transcript 2012 Final Version.pdf – Example of a Labor Transcript at Berea College
  4. Berea College – Learning Objectives & CELTS PosDescrip 110112.pdf – Program learning objectives and an example of a position description
  5. LEE 2012 Quantitative Report – does not include qualitative comments 053112.pdf
  6. Berea college Labor Program Evaluation Tools 053113 –Web-based Evaluation tools used in evaluating and assessing the program
  7. Tools http://www.berea.edu/labor-program-office/tools-a-guide-to-the-berea-college-labor-program/
  8. Labor Experience Evaluation Part 1 :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYX_GYsq4cm

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