Is a career in higher education the path for you?

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If you're currently doing some soul searching to figure out what career might be a good fit for you, a career in higher education may be the answer.

Working in higher education is rewarding because you would be part of an institution that has a higher mission to educate and empower others who are hoping to make a better future for themselves and the world at large. You may think that becoming a professor is the only option in higher education, but there are many job roles at an institute of higher learning.

Universities, although many are non-profit, function very much like businesses. They need people with varying experience and backgrounds to fill different job positions. Here are a few jobs to consider.

Admissions Representative

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Every college will have a department focused on outreach and admissions. Without admissions, it'd be hard to recruit new students. Being an admissions representative means having the ability to connect with people, speaking eloquently about the benefits of attending your college, and promoting the school overall.

In these roles, you will get to meet and talk with a wide variety of people. You'd serve as a link to college for potential students and families. This would be a great job to get at your college alma mater, since you chose to attend that school yourself and would be a great ambassador for it’s good qualities.

Student Advisor/Counsellor

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There are many opportunities to serve as a resource for the most important people on campus - the students. Students usually don't realize they need support. Many are away from home for the first time or they are the first in their family to attend college. They go through a transition period and some can benefit from support of counsellors and advisors.

Consider roles such as residential advisers, academic student advisers, career counselors, and personal counselors. Some jobs may require advanced degrees and some may only require a bachelor's degree. Be assured that these roles are vital for the student body's health and wellness.

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