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.

Job Tips: Take as many classes as you can on computer systems such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. They are very helpful and almost necessary in today's jobs. Anyone pursuing a job in any educational field should highly consider getting his masters or an equivalent degree. I would also recommend taking classes in special needs.

Popular Schools offering School Counseling Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Develop your knowledge of human behavior and earn your bachelor's or master's in psychology degree online with GCU.

  • Programs: Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision, M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology, M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Health Psychology, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

  • Programs: M.Ed. - School Counseling, Bachelor of Science: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery, Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate

100% online degrees from Ashford University

  • Programs: BA in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Psychology (BA), Psychology (BA) (Online), Counseling Psychology (EdD), more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Doctorate, Master

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

  • Programs: B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Human Services / Counseling, Graduate Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Certificate, Master

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

  • Programs: Sports Counseling (Certificate) - Online
  • Degrees: Certificate

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

  • Programs: Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology, M.A. Psychology, Online Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master, Bachelor

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Psychology - BA, General Psychology - PhD of Psychology, Mental Health Policy and Practice - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Doctorate, Master
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Educational Counselors, including:

Back to Top