Lifelong Learning – Professional Development

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:

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?

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About Amber McCraw

Amber McCraw serves as a the Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications. Previously, she served as a Career Advising fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before arriving at Elon, she earned an M. Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she worked in Residence Life. Prior to UGA, Amber attended NC State, leaving with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology. As an advisor, she works with students from all majors to help them set and reach their career goals. This includes working with students to update their resumes, practice their interviewing skills, develop their professional brand via LinkedIn, and provide them with resources for the internship and job search.

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