dcsimg

Career Story: Career Serivces Counselor In Higher Education

Career Serivces Counselor In Higher Education

Job Title: Career Services Coordinator

Type of Company: I work in higher education.

Education: BA, English Literature, Iowa State University •• working on an MA, English, UMass-Boston

Previous Experience: I worked as a resident advisor and assistant for three years in the dorms while in college. That job helped me learn a lot about customer service and helping others. The experiences in that job motivated me to look for a job in higher education where I could continue to help students.

Job Tasks: I work with students on a one-on-one basis to help them with their job searches. I prepare them for interviews and review their cover letters and resumes. I also write a newsletter that goes out to student weekly in which we let them know about upcoming events, interesting career articles and any other career-related information.

I also plan career events for students. I take on the planning and execution of such events, from choosing the date, ordering the food, booking the room, advertising and marketing, all the way to setting up the day off.

I keep an online job database updated. I post jobs, career events and career articles to the database regularly. I also update our web pages and online announcements. I create marketing and informational materials for the office. These we distribute to students and alumnae as needed.

I interact with employers who want to post their job opportunities with us.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the knowledge that what I do is helping someone find a job and acquire valuable information. I like getting school vacation days off as well.

The worst part of the job -- and this applies to any job or life situation -- is that even when you have the best intentions and you do all you can do you don't always achieve the desired results.

Job Tips:
1.) Read newspapers and stay on top of business news.

2.) Know what your competition is doing. Research other people who have the same job; you can learn a lot from them.

3.) Always set up a structure you can follow next time around. There is no need to re-invent the wheel every time you are planning an event or writing a newsletter. Have templates and strategic plans.

Additional Thoughts: This is not my dream job and it is not what I want to do the rest of my life, but I have been able to use this job as an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience that I will be able to apply later on.

Never be afraid to take chances. Participate in committees and volunteer to do things outside your area of expertise.

Popular Schools offering School Counseling Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

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

  • Programs: Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate, Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology, M.A. Psychology, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Certificate, Doctorate, Master

There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!

  • Programs: B.S. in Behavioral Health Science - Childhood and Adolescence Disorders, M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology, Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Certificate

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

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

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

See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy, Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

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

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

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

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

Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

  • Programs: Substance Abuse
  • Degrees: Diploma
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

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
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104