As summer begins to wrap up, those of us in career education will often see a bump in our student enrollments this time of year as many people choose to enroll in school as fall begins. As these new students enter your school, what do you do to welcome them? Does your school make start days special? Or, have start days simply become a routine part of business?
I know from my days working in a school, start day was simply another Tuesday and often I failed to realize what was going on for those new students walking in the door. I forgot that new students were walking in to our school with feelings of excitement and anticipation because they were finally pursuing their dream. However, there were also feelings of fear, anxiety and uncertainty in not really knowing what to expect. As students start at our schools, we need to make certain that we are helping them relieve those feelings of fear, anxiety and uncertainty and tap into the excitement that they are feeling. We need to turn every start day into a Welcome Party! We need to make it a day that assures the students that they have made the right choice in choosing a career in the beauty and wellness industry and an even better choice in choosing your school.
Here are a few ways you can turn your start days into a Welcome Party!
These are just a few ideas. There are so many ways you can make start day special for new students. Whether it be greeting them at the door, offering a smile of encouragement, shaking their hand and show them to their classroom, it doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, just do something! You have the opportunity to set the stage for their entire program, simply by the way you greet them and manage the class on day one!
What do you do to make your start days memorable?