The Time I Interviewed For A Job At JetBlue

So it happened.  A little over a year ago.  I had a couple of on-site interviews for a job at JetBlue.  Given my intense love of JetBlue and my well known relationship with the airline as a customer, I decided against sharing it widely at the time, but it was a learning experience and one that I knew I would ultimately want to share.  Can you really say you’re surprised? 🙂 JetBlue recently announced a program that will help some of its crew members attain college degrees.  The job for which I interviewed… Read More

80% of Jobs Are Landed Through Networking

  When speaking about digital and social technology and the importance of leveraging it for career success, I often share this statistic that comes from John Bennett:  80% of jobs are landed through networking and personal relationships.  Although I cannot vouch for the research behind it, it’s not a statistic I find surprising.  As I have now been working in the field of higher education for over 15 years, over time I have become more and more aware of how true this is. When I reflect back on the jobs I have held… Read More

4 Things Every New Digital #SAgrad Should Do 2015

It’s time for a yearly update! My advice for the digital #SAgrad of 2015… So you’ve recently started your journey towards a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  CONGRATULATIONS!  As a former instructor in a number of these programs, one of the topics I like to review with my students is how they can begin to network and gain valuable professional development… digitally… and often for free.  Going digital really isn’t an option anymore, and with that in mind I wanted to give your four tips that can start you on your way:… Read More

Does Size Matter? Professional experiences at small colleges and universities. [REBLOG]

Originally posted on Todd Porter:
“I always assumed that working at a small school was like scraping the bottom of the barrel.” The moment this was stated, I knew exactly what this graduate student was saying. It was a sentiment I have heard from various graduate students that I have connected with over the course of the summer. There seemed to be a growing mentality amongst these future professionals when thinking about their first position out of graduate school. They were reluctant to consider the opportunity of working at small schools as…

Stop. Think. Are you engaged at work? Why do you work in HigherEd?

Infographic from Scancapture.co.uk Yesterday, I came across this interesting infographic mashup that maps worker engagement onto the classic pyramid of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  (Thanks for sharing Dustin Ramsdell!)  Given that I am job searching myself, while also attempting to build a culture of engagement at my current institution, this infographic really spoke to me.  Much like Tuckman’s theory of group development (forming, storming, norming, performing), reaching the “highest stage” of “performing,” or in this case, “self-actualization” is actually quite rare.  It’s also incredibly rewarding when it is achieved. This got me thinking: How does… Read More