Welcome to the Student Career Development KC, where our goal is to support the growing need to connect the student affairs profession and practices with the career development outcomes of undergraduate students. Join us in playing a role in ensuring that student affairs educators, in all functional areas, and at all levels, are intentionally helping their students connect co-curricular experiences with career exploration and planning to lead meaningful personal and professional lives.
Other duties as assigned; four words that make many student affairs professionals cringe. The words are often uttered under one’s breath, as one begins to prepare themselves for additional work piled on top of their already overwhelming load.
Around that time, the Director of the union took me to lunch and challenged me to decipher what I enjoyed at work from what I was good at, and then try to take opportunities that involved both. She cautioned me that if I was not intentional when seeking additional responsibilities I would easily find myself doing things I was good at that I might not enjoy. Since then, I have continued to seek additional opportunities within my department and on campus. I have learned some key things when it comes to saying “more please”…
Journeys are non-linear. Careers and life itself are non-linear; advice I’ve received and given countless times. A plan is never as simple as getting from Point A to Point B. Yet why is it so hard to embrace this and put it into personal practice?
We are soliciting nominations of members to serve as the next Chair, or Co-chairs, for NASPA’s Disability Knowledge Community. The KC Chair is elected for a three-year term: one year (March, 2018-March 2019) as KC Chair-/Co-chair-elect and two years (March 2019-March 2021) as KC Chair/Co-chairs.
If you want to be a lawyer, you study law. A teacher, you focus on the art of teaching. Or a nurse, you go to nursing school. While these examples are grossly simplistic, they demonstrate that many fields of study have a somewhat clear path to terminal careers, and one that most people would recognize. So what about the fantastic beast that is student affairs?
In Fall of 2016, I decided to leave my Student Affairs job and pursue a career in Marketing. While I still work at a Higher Education institution, this shift has felt quite different in many ways. When I was interviewing, I made it a point to highlight my transferrable skills and try to find some common ground between my previous role and the new one I was hoping to do. However, I wondered deep down how well they would serve me on this new path. What I have found, is that my experiences not only make me qualified for my job, but also give me an edge!