Career Development Advisor (Female, Age 40) in Beloit, NY

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Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleCareer Development Advisor
Salary
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationBeloit, NY
Years Experience1.5 years

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Advise students and alumni in decision making for major, internship and other community-based learning pursuits, job, career and continuing education choices through individual and group counseling approaches.

Administer and interpret various career assessments and inventories (SII and MBTI) examining work values, interests, skills, and abilities.

Develop, facilitate and lead career-related programs, presentations and workshops and monitor their effectiveness on an on-going basis.

Establish and maintain effective partnerships with faculty, staff and employers utilizing multiple strategies in order to provide information about the importance of career development, community-based education, experiential learning and job/graduate school readiness.

Lead the delivery of all strategic recruiting, hiring, training and supervision activity of all student staff.

Conduct and/or seek both internal and external professional development opportunities for student employees.

Develop, facilitate, and/or lead career-related programs, presentations and workshops both on and off campus, in-person and virtually; and monitor their effectiveness on an on-going basis.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
My job entails working with others on a daily basis. It’s a high contact position.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
The office space is appropriate for the audience that I serve.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 5
Benefits: 4
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 6
Level of Responsibility: 8
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am
8am to 9amRead and respond to emails.

Emails consisted of the following up with colleagues, students about job search strategies (i.e. resume development and networking). Check office email and Facebook responses and our Career Management system to update job postings. Check and update my To-do-List.

9am to 10amRead and respond to emails.

Emails consisted of the following up with colleagues, students about job search strategies (i.e. resume development and networking). Check departments email, Facebook responses and our Career Management system to update job postings.

10am to 11amAttend a meeting with student affairs departments to collaborate on student staff training initiatives. Co-facilitator of training.
11am to 12pmIndividual meeting via Skype with alumni regarding her CV.
12pm to 1pmLunch
1pm to 2pmOne-on-one meeting with supervisor to discuss upcoming events, topics and issues.
2pm to 3pmPrepare student staff training manual for fall. Working on updating and organizing materials to be included in training.
3pm to 4pmMeet with insurance company/ potential employer for our students. We discussed the mission and goals of the organization. We also discussed how we can build a stronger relationship and how to recruit students for their position(s).
4pm to 5pmOffice closes at 4:30pm. From 4pm – 4:30pm read and respond to emails.

Emails consisted of the following up with colleagues, students about job search strategies (i.e. resume development and networking). Check office email and Facebook responses and our Career Management system to update job postings.

5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Industry specific portal.

What was the application process?
Electronic application and submitted resume primarily.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes. Meeting with individuals, a group, and conducting a campus wide presentation.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Tell me about yourself.

Why are you interested in this position?

Why did you choose to work for this organization?

Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a supervisor?

What was the outcome?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Fortunately, my previous experience and transferable skills made a smooth transition, which required minimal training in my area of expertise.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes. It included an introduction to individuals within departments that I will more than likely interface with, and office processes and policies.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. My industry has clearly defined educational requirements and I was aware of those expectations.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
No.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Conduct a self-awareness assessment. It should measure their skills, interests, values and motivations for wanting to pursue a similar job. In addition to the self-awareness assessment, I would recommend that they research the field extensively (i.e. look at job descriptions, industry specific periodicals, and set up informational interviews with industry experts) to see if it is a good fit with their self-assessment. Lastly, I would encourage them to create a list of goals. These goals should include the skill and educational enhancement objectives to be competitive in the industry.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Strong Counseling, Advising, Interpersonal, Communication, Active Listening, Empathic, Cultural Awareness, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking skills.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Conduct a self-awareness assessment. It should measure their skills, interests, values and motivations for wanting to pursue a similar job. In addition to the self-awareness assessment, I would recommend that they research the field extensively (i.e. look at job descriptions, industry specific periodicals, and set up informational interviews with industry experts) to see if it is a good fit with their self-assessment. Lastly, I would encourage them to create a list of goals. These goals should include the skill and educational enhancement objectives to be competitive in the industry.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. It matches my educational qualifications, skills, interests, abilities, and values.

What are your current career goals?
To continue to stay in a field that:

Supports my skills, interests, abilities, values and lifestyle preferences.

Empowers me to grow professionally and intellectually

Pursue outside interests

Freedom to write and Publish

Develop and improve on my niche skills and areas

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Online Faculty9 months
Prior Job 2Career Development Advisor1 year 7 monthsAdvise students and alumni in decision making for major, internship and other community-based learning pursuits, job, career and continuing education choices through individual and group counseling approaches.

Administer and interpret various career assessments and inventories (SII and MBTI) examining work values, interests, skills, and abilities.

Establish and maintain effective partnerships with faculty, staff and employers utilizing multiple strategies in order to provide information about the importance of career development, community-based education, experiential learning and job/graduate school readiness.

Assist in the coordination of career programming including panels, speakers, job fairs, and internships.

Develop, facilitate, and/or lead career-related programs, presentations and workshops both on and off campus, in-person and virtually; and monitor their effectiveness on an on-going basis.

Prepare reports and track/record statistics relating to program outcomes. Assist in the preparation of annual reports.

Build staff capabilities by being an effective role model and mentor, promoting collaboration and teamwork and developing junior staff.

Lead the delivery of all strategic recruiting, hiring, training and supervision activity of all student staff.

Conduct and/or seek both internal and external professional development opportunities for student employees.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
St. Louis UniversityPsychology
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
St. Louis UniversityCounseling

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