Volunteer to Enhance Your Career

Raise your had if your job is the perfect fit and leading you on the career path of your dreams. Yeah, I didn’t think so. Unless you are one of the very lucky (and few), chances are that something is missing or doesn’t feel quite right for you in your work. When I finished college, […]

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Stay Relevant As Your Priorities Change

As I have participated in online communities or even have talks with my own supervisor, I have often felt that I have veered off my path to reach my career goals. When I started working in higher education a decade ago, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish and a timeline […]

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Look To Other Industries For Professional Development

There is no shortage of opportunities to become better at your work in higher education and student affairs. Between professional organizations with their conferences and publications, and driven individuals who write, teach, and share their knowledge, there is a way to learn about nearly anything you’d like to know. However, beyond our castle walls lies […]

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Commit To Professional Reading

I used to be a voracious reader. In third grade, I read 50 books for the school reading contest… only to lose the contest because they insisted I didn’t read half the books because they were above my grade level. The early 1980s were the bad old days, kids. After I left college, I read […]

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Understand Your Sphere of Control

We all have points of frustration in our career. Sometimes you’re frustrated with your boss or co-worker, other times the larger institution or company. I’m an over-processor, so this has led me to points in my career where I became stuck in the weeds, unable to pry myself loose without a little help from my […]

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Choose Your Definition of Success

Often in January, we find ourselves reflecting and then setting goals for the coming year. It is natural to reflect when something ends and to set goals when something new begins. At the end of the year, I reflect on the highs and the lows. And in the digital age, our social media platforms will […]

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Invest in Your Professional Development

While professional development is professionally driven, it is ultimately a very personal experience, one that is pursued on one’s own—and yet it requires the smarts and willingness of others. But professional development is a two way street, as is any teaching-learning opportunity: the imparting of knowledge is nothing compared to the exchange of knowledge. Money […]

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See Students As Individuals

This year I am challenging myself, and you as a higher education professional, to stop thinking of students solely by their segmented populations. I am reminding myself to practice what I preach; to look at each student as a unique individual, with distinct characteristics and a story of their own. Rather than saying that a student […]

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Consider A Non-Traditional Career Path

When you start in student affairs or higher education, it’s easy to see an entire career path laid out in front of you. You start in one place, and every position allows you to climb a step higher until you’re the dean of students, or vice chancellor of student affairs, or even the university president. […]

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Expect More in Student Affairs

Ok, don’t worry. I’m not writing a blog post about working more hours or adding more programs to your already busy life in student affairs world. Everyone take a deep and cleansing breath. There. That’s better. Over the past year I have spent on my dissertation research, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview professionals […]

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