What do you do?
For the last 10 years I have worked in various roles within higher education, focusing on supporting the professional development of students and alumni. Most of my roles have focused on providing career advising, as well as delivering meaningful and educational programs for students. Currently, I am an Assistant Director in the Career Services office at the University of Richmond and support all alumni and graduate students in their career development.
What is the best part of your job?
Working with such a diverse group of people and students/alumni. On any given day, I can meet with someone with 5 years of experience, or someone approaching retirement and being able to share in their story is very heartwarming for me. And, typically, no days are exactly the same - things change and I'm usually learning something new.
What skills are necessary for your industry?
The ability to relate to people and guide them towards goals is key - interpersonal skills. Working on a college campus it's important to communicate well and clearly to a number of audiences (students, parents, faculty/staff, leadership) and be able to work with multiple departments to accomplish goals. It's also important to be learning constantly - the world of job search and hiring is changing rapidly, especially with technology innovations, so keeping up with the latest trends and recruiter needs is key.
What do you wish you knew in college to prepare you for life?
To know who and where your resources are (in the ups and down) and know that you can and should ask for help. No one has ever gotten to where they are without some help along the way, and others are usually happy to help you.