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.
This blog showcases advice from three black women who formed a bond while attending graduate school and through perseverance found their niche in student affairs.
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One specific announcement caught my attention - the NPGS KC New Professional pre-con symposium scholarship application. I decided to take a chance on the opportunity, and was pleasantly surprised to be selected as one of two members to be awarded the free registration. I was both thrilled and nervous. As a second-year graduate student, would I have a lot to contribute? I'm not technically a new professional yet. Will I fit in?
In an ideal world, you have preferences that align with your needs and wants. Most of us would prefer certain kinds of jobs, in certain kinds of places, for certain amounts of money. We may want to be near family or friends or explore a new part of the country or world. And, most of us would prefer an opportunity and location that allow us to, well, be us. [...] this is not a one-time reflection process. It is something we should revisit each time we approach the job search process. Why? Because it is highly possible that some of our needs, wants, and deal breakers can, or will, change over time.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a good job that allows me to work with students, but because of my geographical limitations, I applied for almost any job that would consider me. Now, eight months into my position, I have had some time to reflect on my experience as a professional and devote time to reestablishing and understanding my professional brand. After reflecting, I have some tips and thoughts about how to maintain who you are and the brand you offer.