As I visit campuses all over the country, one of the questions I often hear is: Do you have suggestions on how I can advance my career? Having worked in higher education for more than 35 years, I have seen first hand a wide variety of ways that higher education professionals can advance their careers. I think these five recommendations are the most helpful.
1) Make your work more than a job
Those who advance their careers often view their work as more than a job. They have a passion to improve the lives of the students they serve. Whether they work in recruitment or retention, or with traditional-age students or nontraditional adult learners, they believe that their work contributes to their students’ lives. So my first suggestion is to be passionate about the work you do and the contributions you make. Passion drives us to do more, learn more, and impact the lives of those around us more.