Hello fellow TPE candidates! It’s been a week since TPE Onsite has ended. I can say that it was a very exciting and tiring process. I’m excited about the weeks to come! Many institutions have begun to reach out to candidates for a possible second round or even an on-campus interview. Don’t feel pressured to take the first offer if it isn’t a feasible option. If you haven’t gotten any correspondence from schools, DON’T PANIC! Some schools have a different timeline for reaching out to candidates and some of them are on spring break. Also, have confidence in your candidacy and the unique skills you bring to the table. It has certainly been a nerve-racking process for me as I think about where I’ll spend the next few years of my student affairs career. It’s important that you conduct extensive research about the school. Remember that you are interviewing the school as much as they are interviewing you. Here are a few reminders as you move to the next phase of your job search!
Begin With the End in Mind
Think about which position you’d like to have 10 to 15 years down the line. The position that you take should align with your future goals. For example, I desire to become a Vice President of Student Affairs. Therefore, I seek to obtain a position that gives me the advising, supervision, budget management, and crisis management responsibilities that will be applicable to that position in the future.
Most institutions will send a prompt and a plan for the campus visit. Be sure to review those documents thoroughly. If you’re required to give an on campus presentation, be sure to start preparing for it early! This is your opportunity to really take in the campus culture, talk to a potential supervisor, tour the surrounding city, and ask about job responsibilities. It’s up to you to figure out if you can see yourself at that institution. Be sure to ask a lot of questions!
It’s All about Balance!
As you navigate the job search process, make sure to allow enough time for your academics and your assistantships/jobs! Although it’s critical for you to have a position, you must leave a good impression at your current institution. In addition, I’ve learned that constantly checking your email every five seconds probably won’t make the institution email you faster. It’s been necessary for me to disconnect from email and not worry so much about the process. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I will be where I am supposed to be.
Happy Job Searching!