dcsimg

Career Story: Administrator At A Graduate School

Administrator At A Graduate School

Job Title: Administrator

Type of Company: A graduate school.

Education: MBA

Previous Experience: I had jobs in manufacturing management, consulting and higher education.

Job Tasks: I work as an administrator at a graduate school. I spend time planning, supervising, and rolling up my sleeves to work with students and prospective students.

What I find most rewarding is working with students to help them shape their goals and understand how the school I work at can help them achieve those goals. Every student is different, so every day is different.

Some of my work requires research into how other schools function. I always find this "benchmarking" to be interesting, but it's not the most exciting part of my work; it requires reading and sitting in front of the computer and I would always rather be out of my office talking with people or working on projects together.

I have worked at more than one school, and life is very different at each campus. I find that a school's reputation is not a good predicator of the quality of life as an employee there. I prefer to work in a group of people who respect each other and give each other room to grow. I have found that the more important people think their school is, the less they invest in developing good working relationships with each other. People who work at smaller or less well-known schools don't have to worry about image as much and can take the time to consider each other as human beings.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of working in higher education is seeing people grow and helping them improve their lives. I also enjoy the variety of tasks I work on each day, anything from reading to contemplating to hosting events to teaching.

There are a few hard parts. At most schools, faculty come first, then students, then staff. A good school puts the students first. It can be difficult if staff members resent the fact that they are there to create an experience for someone else...sometimes college professors treat staff as second-class citizens.

Job Tips: It helps to work at a school you know well, or which at least offers a community with values compatible to yours. Every employee at a school is a role model for the students, and it's important to bring enthusiasm to the job.

Take the time to research what career paths are possible. If your goal is to work in student services, for instance, you may need a Ph.D. and teaching experience.

Check out the tuition remission benefits. Can you earn a degree for free? Can your children? That can be worth a lot of money down the road.

Raises are all but non-existent in higher education. Do all your salary negotiation up front, because it's very difficult to jump into higher pay categories without job-hopping.

Popular Schools offering Higher Education Administration 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

Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

  • Programs: Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, M.Ed. in Educational Administration (Leads to initial teacher licensure), Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership in with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership , more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Ashford University

  • Programs: Education Leadership & Administration - Bachelors, Education Leadership & Administration - Masters, Education, Technology & Online Learning - Bachelors, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.

  • Programs: AA in Education (Non-Licensure), Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education in Interdisciplinary Studies, Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor, Doctorate

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Leadership in Higher Education - Master of Education, EdD - Learning Analytics in Higher Education, International Education - Doctor of Philosophy in Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: Educational Administration (EDD), M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Technology Leadership, Ed.D. - Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.

  • Programs: B.A. Early Childhood Education , B.A. Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential, M.A. Early Childhood Education, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master
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 Postsecondary Education Administrators, including:

Back to Top