By: Amber McCraw, Career Advising Fellow
Throughout this fellowship, Danielle, Kristen, and I have been encouraged to take advantage of any opportunities we have to continue to develop ourselves professionally. We knew coming into these positions that we would be spending the next 10 months immersing ourselves and learning as much as possible about career services and other areas or topics that are beneficial to our development. The amount of time and resources we utilize to participate in these activities is indicative of how much this position and office encourages our growth as professionals.
Between the three of us, we have attended:
- El Centro Spanish Language Classes
- NCAIE F-1 Beginner Training
- GoinGlobal Online Training
- Studio Abroad Training
- Race-nicity: Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Intersections (Lunch and Learn)
- Appreciative Advising Workshop
- Gallup StrengthsFinder Training Level 1 Certification
- “Preventing Harassment in the Workplace” Online Training
- A Campus of Difference
- LSB Connect Conference
- Building Bridges Through Diversity Workshop
- NCCDA Conference: Raleigh
- International Student Visa Training
- Ally Training
- NCACE Leadership Institute
In addition to the formal conferences and workshops, we’ve also conducted informational interviews at 3 universities in the surrounding area. We’ve had meetings with and continue to communicate with over 30 professionals throughout the various offices and departments across Elon’s campus to promote partnerships and collaboration. Finally, we share helpful articles and resources as we are come across them.
Professional development is important no matter how much experience you have. What are your suggestions for lifelong learning? How do you stay up-to-date in your career?