I attended a session presented by Ed Cabellon several years ago at the ACUI Region 1 Conference at the University of Vermont. It was the 1:15p session — called “After Grad-School.”
During the session, Ed talked about a TON of great stuff. (Can you tell I just recently re-discovered my notes from the session?) However, one of Ed’s final key take-away points was that it is a really small field, our Student Affairs field. He estimated between 2000-6000 total professionals. Then he stressed that it is important to speak well of other people.
As I embark on my next journey- leaving the institution where I’ve done my Graduate work – to my first professional position in this field, this is one of those key things I want to take with me. I want to be sure that I am always speaking well of people – specifically other professionals.
It has already happened to me that I have interviewed someone for job x — only to find several months later that they were interviewing me for job y! This is a very small field. Let’s be sure we are speaking well of others.
Thanks Ed for a great session – all those years ago.