Being an Ambassador is a fantastic experience for students, helping them develop communication, organisation and prioritisation skills (amongst other things!).
We've observed a real desire from students to gain tangible experience to put on their CV, which student Ambassador Management Teams can support.
In a questionnaire we ran involving 50 randomly selected students at King's College London, two thirds indicated that receiving a reference they could use on their CV would be a more significant incentive for becoming a student Ambassador than getting paid.
TAP makes it easy for universities to give data-driven references to their students automatically, providing your Ambassadors with useful material for their CV while also saving you time.
Here's how we do it...
Automatic Reference Tool
Ambassadors can download an automatically generated reference from the app which gives a summary of their activities as an Ambassador on TAP. This reference uses quantitative data points, such as the number of conversations they've had with prospective students, as well as qualitative data points, such as the feedback they're received on those conversations.
Everything an Ambassador does through TAP earns them 'Career Points'. Read our article, 'What are Career Points?', to find out how they are calculated and awarded.
Career Points give a quick view of the comparative input (i.e. value) an Ambassador has added and this is tracked as a single figure over the total time they've been an Ambassador. This number has a variety of uses, ranging from recognising Ambassadors with awards, to providing you with some simple data if you're ever asked by an employer to write a personalised reference.
Talking to Ambassadors About Career Benefits
Happy and motivated students are a key element of successful student Ambassador programmes and career benefits are an easy way to help students feel valued and therefore incentivised to keep working hard! They are also free to give out and TAP makes it easy.
Make sure your students are aware that being a student Ambassador is a great thing to put on their CV. You can even include this in your student Ambassador recruitment materials if appropriate.
In the resources section of the TAP app, we have a short video for students explaining the potential career benefits of being an Ambassador, so they can learn about all of this too.
If you have any questions, do get in touch.