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How can I advance my career in higher education?

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Chanyce’s Answer

Hi Amanda! The first step is to identify where you'd like to go! If you'd like to be in higher education leadership, there are some great Master's programs in Strategic Leadership that can help you build the skills and get the degree needed to apply and interview for a role in that area. If you're just starting out and are interested in student services, a great place to start is Admissions! This is a common foot-in-the-door role to get into student services/student life. I worked at a small private college as an Admissions Counselor and because the school was small, I made great connections with peers in the Registrar's office, Financial Aid, Student Life, etc. I was able to add some academic advising to my plate since I worked with returning students, which gave me a taste of a different department.

In college, you can also look for student positions in academic advising as a Peer Advisor or Orientation Leader. These are great experiences to put on your resume when you start applying for higher education roles.

I hope that helps!
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Gregory’s Answer

Hello Amanda, your question is an important one to consider as one launches into identifying a career path. I am reminded of a quote by Louis Pasteur - “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.” To prepare your mind, you must be willing to try, fail, and retry. It is less about finding your career on the first try. Rather, in my experience, it is more about learning all you can about a wide variety of things. Try different jobs. In school, take different classes. Through this circuitous path you will find things that interest you, and you will find things that play to your unique skills, capabilities and knowledge. Advancement depends on your receptiveness to the experiences you encounter. It is a great journey; stay open and positive to whatever you encounter and advancement will follow. Good Luck!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Amanda,

I am not sure if you mean that you are in a job already or if you are starting your journey. I would say, just like most jobs, if the minimum expectation is a bachelor's degree, you should consider getting a master's degree. That is one way to be ahead of your peers since only about 10% of the US population gets master's degrees.

I would say within your job, you should make sure to volunteer or do tasks beyond your role. I have known English teachers who have volunteered to host after school groups. That can help you be ready for advancement.

Gloria
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Marylou’s Answer

Make a list of your positive traits and decide what you want to do for a living. Then decide on what college or internship meets your needs. Make goals and be flexible. Believe in yourself!
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