If you walk into the UTM Career Centre, you’ll be warmly welcomed by me or another one of my fellow Career Assistants. I have been a Career Assistant since September 2014, and it has been a fulfilling experience. As I’ve been reflecting on my role, I wanted to share a bit about my experience.
I originally pursued a position as a Career Assistant because I was knowledgeable about the Career Centre’s resources and interested in advising others. The one thing that I like the most about my role is seeing the spark in a student’s eyes when they talk about their passions and interests. Even when these passions and interests seem miniscule to the student, it’s really inspiring to see their drive!
As a staff member, I’m continuously learning about career planning and development. The one thing that has struck me the most is the importance of networking and making connections. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I find this to be challenging. I try to make the effort to get out of my comfort-zone and look for opportunities to make connections. In my experience, it has been interesting to gain advice from others and to learn about their experiences.
The one pleasant surprise on the job has been the amount of support that I find from my colleagues. I originally envisioned this position as involving me to primarily work independently. Though this is the case for the most part while updating our print resources, I’ve come to realize that my colleagues are very supportive and open to assisting when I reach out.
As this is my second year as a Career Assistant, I have taken on an additional leadership role, mainly in preparing, updating, and facilitating training pieces for fellow student-staff members. This was challenging because it was new territory for me – involving some degree of creativity and collaboration with both student and non-student staff members. It was satisfying to see months of hard work all come together during student-staff training.
Moving forward, my goal is to manage my time more effectively. Time management is continually something that I actively try to improve upon. I’ve been creating an agenda for myself daily which keeps me on track. Being consistent is key for me continuing into the New Year.
The past 1.5 years working at the Centre has gone by so fast, and I know that I will miss being a part of this multi-disciplinary team after graduating in June. If you are interested in becoming a Career Assistant next fall, keep an eye on CLN for that position posting. The posting usually appears in early February.
– Pamela Adjei, Career Assistant