Today is a good day to talk about NASPA, and how it can help you grow up. NASPA stands for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. NASPA is a program design to help students who are interested in pursuing higher education meet their goals by providing them with different types of resources such as: conferences, online job guides, mentoring and much more.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend one of their regional conferences and meet many wonderful administrators, whom I will choose one in order to pour on to you the wisdom that was so kindly pour down to me by Erik J. Kneubuehl, Assistant Vice President / Dean of Students of NY Fashion Institute of Technology.
Erik Kneubuehl talked about the top 10 problems new professionals have when introduced to a new job, and how to avoid them. (* This applies to any job, not just jobs in the higher ed. field)
- Learn the Organization- Whenever you go into a new profession, you must do your research prior to the interview, you want to seem competent and well inform.
- Office Art- Your office should never look like a mess, sit down where your client would be sitting and decorate your office to be pleasing to their eyes, while remaining professional.
- Technology- Never use social media for purposes other than work.
- Procrastination- We all procrastinate but working on projects weeks before hand will make your job so much easier. Remember " Your lack of preparation does not constitute an emergency in my eyes"
- Supervisor - Your Supervisor is not your friend he/she is your supervisor for a reason, therefore you should be careful what you say to them, and give them the respect they have earned.
- Disappointment - It is ok if you mess up, just own up to it and do not try to blame any one else.
- Work at Work - Working to much can be a problem for your sanity, therefor leave your work at your work!!!!
- School Culture- Learn the culture of your school (job), learn peoples name, how their office works, be friendly and always try to know what is going on.
- Learning Never Ends. Remember that your degree/ job title does not means your are the end all know all of anything. Be open to always learning new things.
- Happy Hour- Gossiping is a dangerous thing in the office. Always keep the negative comments to yourself and any constructive criticism share with your supervisor.