As career services professionals, many of us focus student conversations on goals and goal setting. Whether the goal setting aspect is blatant or covert, it’s nearly always present in some form.
“How can you increase the odds that your dream transfer school will accept you?”
“What education and experience will best prepare you for entrance into your desired future industry?”
“What steps can you take to earn that ‘A’ in College Algebra?”
Without a doubt, we’re helping our students set and reach their goals. But, we also need to practice what we preach and set our own goals.
While a good percentage of the population looks at New Year’s as the ideal time to set goals, I’ve always felt that summertime is ideal. Working in higher education, my work life revolves around the academic calendar. The summer is prime for reflection and planning ahead.
Whether you’re required to set goals based on an administration policy or you choose to set goals based on personal motivation, there’s always something to learn. Here are a few ideas to get career services colleagues started:
- Boost your social media know-how. Whether you welcome it or not, our work often requires technology and social media. If you’re like me and you’re responsible for managing department social media, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Hootsuite. But did you also know they offer a Social Media Marketing Certification? Check it out and see if it would be a valuable goal for you!
- Earn resume writing credentials. Many of us have strong resume writing experience. If you want to increase your knowledge, there are several credentialing options available. As an added bonus, being a certified resume writer qualifies you to pick up side work through resume writing services.
- Involve yourself in an association. You might attend conferences and workshops, and you may affiliate yourself with associations, but have you considered submitting program proposals to present at a conference or stepping up for a leadership position? Many of our favorite national organizations have regional or state level chapters. Stepping up at the local level is often less intimidating and a great step toward national level responsibilities. If you like the idea of becoming more involved but don’t want to present or serve on a board, you can join a volunteer committee to help accomplish tasks. Many conferences open their call for conference proposals in the summer, so get started!
This post is part of our #SACareer series, addressing careers in student affairs, careers outside of student affairs, and the work of career services professionals. Read more about the series in Jake Nelko’s intro post. Each post is a contribution by a member or friend of the Commission for Career Services from ACPA. Our organization exists to benefit the careers of career services professionals, student affairs professionals, and anyone supporting students in the career endeavors. For more information about how to get involved with the Commission for Career Services or the #SACareer blog series, contact Paige Hincker at firstname.lastname@example.org.