5 Minutes. 4 Questions. Readying students for their dream careers.

What is Shocker GROW®?

The Division of Student Affairs has adopted GROW® conversations from The University of Iowa's Divison of Student Life. GROW® conversations help our students connect their academic learning to their learning in their student employment opportunity.

Only 5 Minutes?

These conversations are meant to be short and to the point. While the model implies it will only require 5 minutes of your time, we encourage to keep these types of conversations going with student employees.

What are the 4 questions?

The four questions are simple:

  1. How is this job fitting in with your academics?
  2. What are you learning here that’s helping you in school?
  3. What are you learning in class that you can apply here at work?
  4. Can you give me a couple of examples of things you’ve learned here that you think you’ll use in your chosen profession?

These questions help our student employees make connections between the skills they learn in the classroom and the skills they learn at their job.


Competencies for DSA Student Employees

Communication IconCommunication

Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking/Problem Solving

Intercultural PerspectivesIntercultural Perspectives


professionalism iconProfessionalism




Skills and KnowledgeSkills and Knowledge

Quantity and quality of workQuantity and Quality of Work

Community and Customer ServiceCommunity and Customer Service