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  • It’s now May and you STILL haven’t heard anything. Don’t fret! Many candidates are in the same boat and are fixated on waiting by the phone (or computer) to hear a response. At least I was. The post-interview wait can be agonizing, especially if you feel like you did very well. Some of you may have heard back from employers, and that’s great! For those of you who still haven’t heard anything, we will discuss the reasons why that may be! View this previously recorded virtual session as a part of the NASPA Virtual Conference for Emerging Professionals from May 7th, 2020.

  • Forrest Gump’s mom said it best, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” During this difficult time during a global pandemic, this holds more true than ever before. How does one transition into their first professional position in a time of great change and uncertainty so thick that you could cut it with a knife? This session gives you some thoughts to ponder and some tips for helping aid you in that transition.

  • This virtual roundtable addresses how we are/should be supporting grad students during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Our four co-panelists are grad prep faculty members who will share how they are supporting their students during COVID-19; how they are guiding them in their job search during less than ideal economic conditions/hiring freezes; how professionals can support grad student staff within their departments; and how current events will impact how their programs prepare students for student affairs/housing work in the future.

  • Even in pre-COVID times, student affairs professionals (like other industries) were changing jobs more often than ever before. Gone are the days of moving up within one department for the majority of your career. More professionals are changing jobs - often in lateral moves - to take on new roles that better meet their personal and professional needs and goals. Yet, in an increasingly competitive job market (with decreasing availability of positions), many Student Affairs professionals are unsure how to change roles within the field.

    Listen to our featured story tell discuss how he learned the importance of following his passion, advocating his interests, and most importantly having confidence in his abilities to succeed.  His 15-minute personal story will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes. Take a break, listen, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Christian Rafael - Assistant Director of Staff Development, Engagement, and On-boarding in Housing and Residence Life at George Mason University

    Target Audience: Early and Mid-Level Candidates/Job Changers

  • Given the current difficult multiple realities of Fall 2020, managing from the middle is harder than ever before. Often pulled between advocating for your team, but also having to implement other leadership decisions, mid-managers have to switch back and forth between different ends of experience and power dynamics, while trying to simultaneously please two differing perspectives.  Being a middle manager is hard during a “precedented” year, but add in a global pandemic that resulted in smaller staffs, new and changing roles, and constant uncertainty, it’s really hard. It’s very difficult to stay self-motivated, yet alone manage an (unmotivated) team. And, it’s only September. Given resources - both financial and human - are on short supply, how do managers motivate staff members and leverage the capacity of their team?

    This 15-minute personal story about motivating teams will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes to take a break, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Christie Anglade, Director for Housing and Residential Education, Emerson College