So You Want My Higher Ed Job: Assistant Director of Admissions for New Student Programs

9 May, 2013 at 9:25 pm   in Blog // (1) Comment

Our So You Want My Higher Ed Job series highlights desirable careers in Higher Ed. We interview professionals employed in desirable Higher Ed jobs and ask them about the reality of their work, their career path, and any advice they can share for others interested in their jobs.  Today we have the privilege of interviewing Katie Krodinger. Katie is the Assistant Director of Admissions for New Student Programs at Southeast Missouri State University. She took a few minutes out of her hectic schedule to share about her career in New Student Programs. Katie’s passion for her work clearly shines through in her interview, and she offers some invaluable advice for anyone looking to pursue a career in Orientation (or any other Higher Ed field for that matter!). Take it away Katie… 1.       Could you please briefly describe your current position? I am the Assistant Director of Admisions for New Student Programs at Southeast Missouri State University, where I coordinate orientation for all incoming students (both new first-time and transfer). This includes nearly 25 events annually, and supervision of the Orientation Leader team. I also organize Opening Week activities (and its 100+ student volunteers), some freshman transition efforts, and our first-year parent newsletter. And […]

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The Complete Guide to the Student Affairs Profession

22 April, 2013 at 5:53 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

Most people who end up working on a college campus in Student Affairs, did not set out that way in their career. Most people who work in Student Affairs on a college campus would also not trade their job for anything. The pay can often not compare to working in the corporate world, but their are numerous other benefits that simply do not exist in “Corporate America”. Student Affairs was formulated all the way back in the 1600’s when Harvard University was founded. At that time, the professors at Harvard performed many of the duties that are now attributed to Student Affairs professionals. The profession has evolved through the years, and today is a vibrant and strategic partner on all college campuses. What is Student Affairs? Student Affairs is a career focused around providing students the tools and resources they need to be successful on a college campus, and after they graduate. Student Affairs professionals can have many diverse roles but they are all designed to add value to the college experience. Student Affairs practitioners are not professors. While some of they may teach the occasional college course, as a whole, they do not teach in a classroom setting. Their teaching happens on a much more intimate setting. […]

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How to Find the Career that Completes You

16 April, 2013 at 5:56 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

I recently read a blog post by the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner. In the blog post Jeff talks about three pieces of career advice that changed the course of his life. He was working at Yahoo at the time and the new COO was trying to recruit him to join his team. Jeff kept politely refusing for over a year until one day the COO stopped him in the hall and said this: “Jeff, you’ve always told me that your lifelong ambition is ultimately to reform the education system in the U.S. Let me ask you something: Do you think you are going to be better prepared to make that a reality by pushing paper around, working on strategy, and doing deals; or by moving in to operations and building teams, inspiring people, and developing great products that change people’s lives?” Jeff accepted the new position on the spot and went on to create LinkedIn. Should You Follow Your Passions? For many years I have heard people say that you should follow your passions in your career, and success will surely follow you. Even early into my career, I stopped believing this myth.I have found that many people chase […]

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The Transition from Corporate to Higher Ed

8 April, 2013 at 5:54 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

My first job after graduating college was in a consumer finance company. I was essentially a salesman of high priced financial products; a loan shark. Our company was licensed for products charging all the way up to 36% interest, and I had a strict quota of new business I had to bring in each month. To hit these numbers, there was fairly ruthless competition among the various salesmen in the office. I worked long hours to meet my numbers each month, and went home at night mad at the world. My Ticket Out After working at this company for about 6 months, the company I worked for bought out another local finance company and that branch manager came to work for us. He and I had many conversations about the industry, and he picked up very quickly that I was unhappy. He informed me after a few weeks, that during the process of his company being bought out, he had applied for other jobs because he was not sue if he would be guaranteed a new job or not. He had just been offered the position of Bursar, at a local community college. The term “Bursar” is a foreign word for anyone […]

The Best Career Advice I Ever Received

1 April, 2013 at 5:56 am   in Blog // (2) Comment

A quote from Amy Less, recruiting manager, Jupiter Medical Center: “There are things in life that you can’t control. . .so don’t waste your time, energy or sanity on them. You can only control your reaction to them. . .so make your reaction worthy, smart and sane.” This quote addresses one of the most difficult aspects of employment: There are many things that will happen that are beyond your control, and you have no power or influence to change those events. Your reaction to these unchangeable and unexpected events is what will define your career. Often times, these unexpected events can make or break your career. For example, your boss comes in to tell you that the company is facing a reorganization, and your position will now assume additional duties that are above and beyond your current job description. You could simple sit back and let your company pile on additional duties with no additional salary, or you could re-negotiate for a higher position as well as a higher salary. You could also promote yourself outside of your current company and bring back competitive job offers to even further boost your salary. Your reaction to this event is what will ultimately change […]

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The Scientific Research Behind Finding a Job

19 March, 2013 at 6:14 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

Facing a blank computer screen wondering when your phone is going to ring for an interview, can be an incredibly depressing process. For many of us, our job search is one of the most difficult things we will do over the course of our lives. The more times you complete a job search, the easier the process should become, right? Unfortunately, wrong. It is a sad fact of life that hiring managers are human, and they will base many of their hiring decisions on outward appearance, rather than true knowledge skills and abilities. That is why it is so important to make an excellent first impression when interviewing. Normally, I would be confident in pointing to scientific research and saying that you should follow what they recommend. But unfortunately, in this case the research leaves us even more confused. “Don’t be too old”, “Don’t be too young”, “Don’t be unattractive”, “Don’t be too attractive”. You could literally drive yourself insane trying to follow every recommendation that comes from this research. Within all of the research however, there are many very useful tips and pointers for the job seeker. So please, take a look at the articles linked below, and let […]

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How to Create a Resume That Leads to an Interview

12 March, 2013 at 6:09 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

We all know that virtually every job you apply for will require you to submit a resume. A resume is a snapshot of you as a worker. Your entire career is encapsulated within a 1-2 page document. Sound fair? It’s not. But it’s the truth. The challenge becomes creating a 1-2 page document that convinces the person reading your resume that you are worth an interview. How many times have you told yourself “If I could only get an interview, I could convince them that I should have the job…” We all feel like that to some degree. The most difficult part is “getting your foot in the door”. So how do you create a resume that will lead to an interview? Here are the basics. Header: Simple and Clean All they really need to know here is your name, mailing address, email address and phone number. And please, please, please create a professional email address. will earn your resume a spot in the trash bin. It’s also not a good idea to put your email address or phone number for your current employer here. Just be smart about this. Career Objective: Not Necessary Why am I including this […]

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Bill Gates Thinks College Ranking Systems are Terrible

26 February, 2013 at 5:44 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

Bill Gates recently explained at a roundtable of bloggers and journalists in New York City, that he feels the current college ranking system has much to be desired. Gates believes that colleges and universities should be ranked according to the statistics of the incoming class, but rather on the university’s ability to teach, “The control metric shouldn’t be that kids aren’t so qualified. It should be whether colleges are doing their job to teach them. I bet there are community colleges and other colleges that do a good job in that area, but US News & World Report rankings pushes you away from that.” Bill Gates is correct, in that the U.S. News and World Report ranking system does not have a way to effectively measure the success of the education. Here is a snapshot of the methodology used by U.S. News: Ranking Category Category Weight Subfactor Subfactor Weight National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges Regional Universities and Regional Colleges National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges Regional Universities and Regional Colleges Undergraduate academic reputation 22.5% 25% Peer assessment survey 66.7% 100% High school counselors’ ratings 33.3% 0% Student selectivity for fall 2011 entering class 15% 15% Acceptance rate 10% 10% High school class standing in […]

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Does a High Salary Equal Happiness?

11 February, 2013 at 6:06 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

    This infograhic is based on a study by Princeton University which researches the happiness of various jobs on the education and income spectrum. For example, a fast food worker is at the bottom and a surgeon is at the top. A police officer, which makes roughly 1/4 of what a surgeon brings in each year have virtually the same happiness rating? How can this be? Well the study done by Princeton found that there is a bell curve of happiness ratings based on the income brought in. The peak of the bell curve, and therefore the maximum income before happiness levels begin to decrease, is $75,000. Meaning that above $75,000 money does not buy happiness. Below $75,000 and additional income could indeed increase happiness levels. This is very interesting information to consider when researching your career. Are you interested in a particular career just for the financial rewards? Have you thought at all about the potential salaries associated with the job field you intend to pursue? Have you research the entry level salaries, as well as the top tier salaries in your field? Would you pursue a different profession if you could be happier, even if you had […]

Financial Aid for Non-Traditional Students

5 February, 2013 at 5:54 am   in Blog // (0) Comment

A recent article in Foxnews drew my attention because it focused in on the availability of financial aid funds for older students. It’s no secret that our recent (and current) economic climate has made it increasingly difficult for working adults to make ends meet. Getting a better education has become a very popular way to boost your marketable skills and increase your salary potential. That really is not an opinion, it has been backed up with facts, time and time again. Sure, you will always have the Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg’s of this world. But for everyone of them, there are 100 people working at minimum wage because they did not graduate high school. Your best bet? Get a good education. With that said, getting a good education does not have to happen straight out of high school at 18 years old. Also, if you have already received a Bachelor’s degree and you want to pursue a higher degree, you will likely do this as an older adult. Most of us are familiar with the financial aid opportunities that exist for high school seniors and college freshmen, but what about the financial aid for us old guys who want […]

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