My Education: BA in Psychology/Graphic Design, Simmons College; MA in Higher Education Administration, Boston College
My Prior Experience: I worked for a recruiter for 7 years, made a career switch and took a job as a staff assistant. I worked my way up from there through coordinator jobs, to Manager.
My Company: I work for a private medical school.
Job/Career Overview: I work in the Center for Evaluation at a private medical school in Boston. My primary duties are:(1) to oversee and manage the collection, analysis and reporting of evaluative data pertaining to student, courses and faculty; (2) to manage two faculty committees that focus on student assessment and course/program evaluation; and (3) to manage the school's disciplinary committee.
More Insights: Try to find a job that allows you to work at something, or somewhere you love.
Work hard and keep the complaints to a minimum. If you don't like you job, find another one.
Don't stay in a job you hate too long, or it will suck all of the energy out of you. Making a career change was the best thing I every did.
I rate this career 9 out of 10.
I love that my job gives me the opportunity to engage in intellectually stimulating work that I feel contributes to the common good. I also enjoy the community in which I work. Most of the people I work with are hard workers who are very committed to their chosen career.
Sometimes in my work I encounter problems/challenges/road blocks that do not have good solutions. This is very frustrating.
Anyone interested in evaluation should take some courses in statistics and program management.
Also, general knowledge about higher education is very useful. Many of the faculty with whom I work are part-time and they depend on me to have the skills to carry out the work.
Be prepared to "put in your time" and do jobs that you may think are "below" you. Keep your eyes and ears open as you do these jobs and LEARN. Once you have attained a higher level job, be prepared to roll up your sleeves at any point and help with the gritty details. You will be leading by example and building good will at the same time.