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Career Story: Assistant Dean

Assistant Dean

Job Title: Assistant Dean

Type of Company: I work for a higher education institution

Education: Certificate in Visual Communications, Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies and Masters in Education

Previous Experience: I worked as an Evaluation Team Facilitator for the Special Education Department in Boston Public Schools

Job Tasks: A typical day on the job for me includes supporting students in their daily activities around their classes. I make sure they are registered to take classes and I also make sure they are able to get financial aid to pay for school. If they have trouble with their computers, I can either help them with the problem or refer them to MIS (which is a department that supports computers, printers and other types of machinery).

I also support faculty and the President of the company with various tasks. Twice a week, I have to attend two 3 hour meetings where everyone comes together to discuss improvements we can all make to the school. I also have a secretary that helps me on a daily basis to schedule our meetings and make sure all office supplies are ordered. She also makes sure the conference rooms are equipped with the right presentation devices like overhead projectors, screens, etc.

In general, I have a lot of correspondence to deal with, loads of people to converse with and a wide variety of projects that needs to be completed in order for the school to operate and function well. I enjoy my job very much.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job would be when I have to do a project that involves my ability to utilize my graphic designing skills. I enjoy using Photoshop to manipulate photographs and illustrator for text.

The worst part of my job is going to meetings in the afternoon, because it is right after lunch, and I sometimes get sleepy.

Job Tips: If you pursue a similar job career that I have taken, first and foremost, you have to be a people person. I had to acquire a lot of patience to deal with the public. You also have to be proactive and not reactive. Don't let others push your buttons. In this higher ed industry, one has to be able to think logically and be a good problem solver.

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