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I’m the Right Person in the Wrong Job

Before you start thinking that I don’t like where I work, know that the point of this article is to talk about what it’s like to feel that you are in the “wrong job” while still enjoying what you do. Let me make it clear that I LOVE my job and the people that I work with. My goal after college & graduate school has never wavered (once I figured it out): to help college students achieve their true potential. My way of doing that is to make sure that students can easily find a job after graduation by working in collegiate career services.

BUT, I watch videos, read blogs and research careers and what people should be doing with their career all the time. That made me start thinking…am I doing what I should be doing? Am I the A professional or B professional like the one you hear about in the below video?

When I first started my career, I remember feeling like I wasn’t smart enough for my job because I felt different than all of the other Career Consultants Counselors around me. It wasn’t that I was treated differently or felt like I wasn’t good enough for the job, rather I wasn’t sure if I was good enough. I was told by my supervisors and co-workers that I was doing a good job, but I just couldn’t quite believe it. How could I believe it if I wasn’t sure what a “great” Career Consultant was? Is there one way how to do it or one standard?

That’s when I came to this conclusion:

No, there isn’t one way how to be “good” because I didn’t factor in my personality. I may not be a “true” counselor in the sense that my master’s was not focused in counseling, but I help students ALL the time, in a different way.  Different doesn’t mean bad if it achieves the same results, and it did. So why worry?

I definitely wouldn’t feel the way I do today without the encouragement of my colleagues who “brought” me with them.  I hope this story helps to inspire you to believe in yourself and remember how great YOU are at your job. Sometimes we have to look into ourselves from time to time and believe that we’ve got what it takes. After all, results don’t lie.

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Pinterest & Higher Education: What’s the deal?

Pinterest has been blowing up the social media news and it was reported that it’s now the 3rd most visited social media site behind Facebook & Twitter.  Pinning, boards, followers, activity…what does it all mean? Today I wanted to give a brief overview of Pinterest and how you can use it for your customers, students or other targeted populations.

Let’s start with boards.  Think of these as a bulletin board that you use to visual represent online resources (videos, blogs, podcasts, articles, etc.) around a specific topic.  Pinterest has been most popular with those designing a house or getting prepared for an upcoming wedding, but it can be used for informative purposes as well.  Below is an example of how the UGA Career Center uses Pinterest:

Pinterest Board

Click on the “Add” button and you can upload documents, link to other websites or create a board. It’s user friendly and pretty easy to navigate.  If you’re just starting, I recommend clicking in the search bar in the top left corner and searching for other users that are “pinning” about topics you are interested in. After you start your search, 3 links will pop up directly underneath the search bar to help you find pins (aka links), boards, or people.

By using Pinterest and pinning more interactive media (videos, podcasts, etc. on our boards), we’ve been able to cover topics in a way we’ve never been able to before. We don’t have enough staff to create YouTube videos and podcasts at this time, but we’re able to leverage the resources we find on the internet to share the best tips for our students in a format they like to learn.

Have you been using Pinterest?  Do you have other ideas on how it could be used in Education?