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Career Story: Academic Advisor At A Christian Academy

Academic Advisor At A Christian Academy

Job Title: Academic Advisor

Type of Company: I work for a private Christian school.

Education: AS, Landscaping Design, STCC •• certificate, Biblical Studies, Greater Grace Bible College

Previous Experience: I home-schooled two children for twelve years and founded a home-school co-op that prepared 35-60 students a year for most required high school subjects. Classes ran three days a week. I also taught classes in SAT prep and gave college advice.

Job Tasks: As an Academic Adviser my main responsibility is to help students at the high school level plan their 4 years of school and decide where they want to apply to go to college. This includes meeting with the students individually to help direct them towards a program or university that will utilize their talents and enhance their education. Consequently, I am responsible for making sure that every student is currently enrolled in the right classes and that the school is meeting the needs of each student. I look for areas where the students are strong and help find opportunities for them to grow.

My secondary responsibility is to teach college preparatory classes. I offer an SAT Prep Class to help students prepare for their college exams. This includes parent meetings to help with questions on financial aid, scholarships, admissions, visiting days and general college procedures. Sometimes this requires making a schedule that contains important information on testing and college fairs in the surrounding areas.

Other than meeting with students I also prepare transcripts and research curriculum. This is vital to ensure updates on textbook changes and to keep curriculum relevant and up to standard. It makes for a busy but satisfying schedule where I can individually be involved in helping students achieve their academic goals.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping students achieve success for their future and being involved in their daily lives. I love the academic atmosphere and the business of my daily tasks. Unfortunately, this sometimes requires work at home and extra meetings outside the school day. Overall, I love my job.

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