Tips for the Newby

Tips for the New Professional

  1. Find a mentor(s).
    • Someone to advise, guide, and help you navigate obstacles and avoid mistakes is critical. This will save you time and allow you to focus on skill and knowledge building.
  2. Create a professional development plan.
    • With your mentor create a reasonable plan that helps meet your professional development and career goals. Reassess as often as needed.
  3. Develop the correct balance for yourself otherwise you will burnout.
    • Hobbies and safe outlets for fun help alleviate stress.
  4. Be excellent where you are.
    • As young professionals we often look past our current positions. This can be a mistake. Doing well in your current position validates you for your next position.
  5. Become a life-long learner.
    • Read articles/books, attend conferences, take classes, or participate in workshops to stay current and aware of the latest student affairs knowledge and “best practices”.

The student affairs field is a large, yet tight-knit community. Good or bad, your future employer can attain information about you rather easily.

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