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What is Student Affairs?
People who work in student affairs provide
services, programs, and resources that help students learn and grow
outside of the classroom. Some things that student affairs professionals
do for students every day include:
- Enhance student learning
- Guide academic and career decisions
- Mentor students
- Promote leadership skills
- Counsel students through crises
Is Student Affairs right for me?
- Enjoy being in a campus environment?
- Need to be challenged and learn new skills?
- Love planning and advertising for events?
- Crave an exciting and dynamic career?
- Want to make a difference in the lives of young adults?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then Student Affairs could be a great choice for you!
What do people do in student affairs?
Careers in Student Affairs are
as diverse as the people who pursue them. From program coordinators to
Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, there are many ways to be involved
in Student Affairs. Student affairs departments on campus may include:
Student Organization Advising
Student Government Advising
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Programs
Support for students with Disabilities
New Student Orientation
Where can I work?
Almost anywhere you want! Student affairs professionals are located at every
campus from small community colleges to large research universities throughout the world. Whether you prefer a small town or bustling city, there is an institution that is right for you!
Steps to Exploring a Career in Student Affairs
If the idea of a career in student affairs appeals to you, you can take these steps to learn more about the profession:
- Talk to student affairs professionals at your school, a nearby
college or your alma mater. Talk to the senior student affairs officer,
usually known as the Dean of Students or the Vice President for Student
Affairs. Or talk with another student affairs professional on campus –
perhaps the director of orientation, the coordinator of student
activities, or staff in residence life. You may want to start with a
brief informational interview to learn more about what they do or set up
a day of job shadowing. If you're not sure how to get started with
this idea, the career services office on campus will be able to help.
Also, if you are still a student or working on a campus, go a step
farther and establish a mentoring relationship with one of the
professionals that you talk to. Sample Informational Interview Questions
- If you are a student, you have a great opportunity to explore your
potential workplace. Take advantage of every chance you can to learn
how your college works and develop your skills. If you are a student,
run for an office in student government or in a student organization;
serve on a judicial board; be a tour guide, orientation leader, resident
assistant, or peer educator; or join a student organization. If you are
not sure where to start, ask a member of the student activities staff.
- Work in a student affairs office. Ask about internships, jobs, and
volunteer opportunities in student affairs offices on campus. Consider
possibilities during the summer as well as during the school year.
You'll get hands-on experience and have a chance to interact with
professionals in the field.
- If your college offers an undergraduate class geared toward
learning more about student affairs (or related paraprofessional or
leadership classes), sign up. Often, these classes are taught by student
affairs professionals and can help you learn more about your interests
and preferences, as well as what it is like to work on a college campus.
- Join a student affairs professional association. Undergraduate
students can become a member of NASPA for $25 a year. Benefits include
member discounts, access to publications and online resources, and a
range of professional development opportunities (including
regional/national conferences and workshops).
- Explore programs designed to help you learn more about careers in
student affairs and higher education. These include the NASPA
Undergraduate Fellows Program, targeted toward increasing the number of
ethnic minority, LGBT, and persons with disabilities in student affairs;
the National Orientation Directors Association's (NODA) internship
program; and the Association of College and University Housing
Officers-International's (ACUHO-I) STARS College and Housing Internship
programs.Learn more about graduate study. You'll find graduate programs
in student affairs (also known as "college student personnel") and
higher education at colleges and universities across the country. A
helpful resource is NASPA's comprehensive online Directory of Graduate
Programs. Once you've identified programs that you're interested in,
call, write, or e-mail them to request more information. Ask for
admissions, curriculum, and financial aid information, as well as
information about possible assistantships and fellowships. If possible,
visit the campus, meet with current students and faculty in the program,
and talk with recent graduates.
Learn More - FREE NASPA Webinars
October is Careers in Student Affairs month and students are
invited to learn about career opportunities in Student Affairs by taking part
in a webinar series throughout the month of October. NASPA – Student
Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is hosting four webinars in
October to help students investigate student affairs as a potentially viable
and rewarding career. The webinars will be presented in the SAC
Careers in Student Affairs: Purpose. Passion. Profession
Oct. 3, 2012 | 3:00-4:00pm EST
Do you find purpose in serving and helping others? Have a
passion for college students? Want to join a professional network of educators?
Well Student Affairs might be for you! Join NASPA for a webinar to kick-off
National Careers in Student Affairs Month. During this hour-long webinar,
panelists will share their journeys through the profession and provide
information and advice about how you can start yours!
Panelists for this year's webinar include:
Mariela Campuzano, Senior Academic Advisor, Florida International University
Dr. Paulette Dalpes, Deputy to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Chief
of Staff, City University of New York
Tiffany J. Davis, Doctoral Candidate, University of Georgia
Cord McLean, Program Advisor, Texas A&M University
Tim Albert, Associate Director, Housing, Seattle University
Student Affairs Job vs. Career: The Choice to Work Full-Time or Attend Graduate School
Oct. 10, 2012 | 4:00-5:00pm EST
You are thinking about life after college graduation and one
of your options is to work in student affairs. This webinar will share the
benefits and challenges of attending graduate school and earning your master's
degree in order to work professionally in the field, and another option is to
work full-time in a student affairs position before (or instead of) returning
to graduate school. Research data as well as advice from graduate students and
professional student affairs practitioners should allow you to make an informed
Things I Wish I Knew When Applying to Graduate School
Oct. 17, 2012 | 4:00-5:00pm EST
Applying to graduate school is a unique experience. Graduate
school is vastly different from the undergraduate experience, and students are
not always prepared for the steps that lay ahead.
This presentation by NUFP alumni and recent master's program
graduates will give first-hand accounts, tips, and advice for the journey that
awaits undergraduates desiring to continue their education. Topics covered
include the application process, campus visits, interviewing, worries, fears,
Making the Most of your Career: Navigating your NASPA Membership
Oct. 31, 2012 | 4:00-5:00pm EST
As we close Careers in Student Affairs Month, we would be
remiss to not talk about one of the keys to a successful career in student
affairs: active membership in professional associations. We believe NASPA needs
to be at least one of those associations. But with so many resources and
options in a NASPA membership, how do you make the most of it? This webinar will
be your guide! Whether you are exploring the potential of a career in student
affairs, adjusting to being new to the field, or working as a seasoned
professional, this webinar, hosted by Nathan Victoria, director of member
engagement and student initiatives, will give you insights into your
professional home. Come prepared to ask questions, gain useful tips, as well as
network with other individuals on the call.
Content from NASPA website: http://www.naspa.org/career/default.cfm