By Chelsey Jonson, Career and Industry Specialist, ASU's Career and Professional Development Services
Unique Opportunities in Higher Education
Higher education can be a melting pot of exciting career opportunities. Most people know about the careers that are easily seen, such as professors and academic advisors. However, if you are curious about other potential opportunities in higher education, take a look at some of these lesser known, but equally as rewarding opportunities.
K-12 Outreach and Programming
Professionals in this role are often out in the community, partnering with k-12 schools to build awareness about going to college and the resources available to help students get there. This can include summer camps or visits to the university campus. They may also develop and present workshops to educate K-12 students and community members about information specific to the college they work under.
Clinical Placement Specialists
This is another unique role within a university that often collaborates with healthcare organizations. This professional is responsible for placing students into assigned locations to complete their clinicals or internship experiences. They have the opportunity to maintain relationships with varying organizations, depending on their focused industry. In turn, they help provide opportunities for students to gain vital hands-on experience prior to graduating.
Opportunities in instructional design are growing, particularly at large universities. The main responsibility of this position is to design instructional materials and college courses, focusing mostly on digital delivery. But the day-to-day has more variety than one might think. An instructional designer meets with faculty regularly and consults them, ensuring student learning is happening in their classes. They have the opportunity to tap into technologies such as virtual reality and adaptive learning. Ultimately, they are focused on improving student learning through technology.
A role such as this is great for those who enjoy helping others succeed. Not only does a success coach assist students in reaching their academic goals, they also support them in achieving their personal ones. They offer time management advice, provide tips on academics, connect students to university resources and much more. In essence, they empower each student to reach their full potential and ensure they receive what is needed to thrive.
Semester at Sea
This may be one of the most unique opportunities related to higher education. Semester at Sea is a global comparative approach to study abroad using a ship as its traveling campus and sailing to multiple ports around the world. College students in this program take their classes while on the ship and participate in experiential learning as they visit different countries. Faculty and other staff members are essential for making this happen. Some of the available positions include Resident Directors, Videographers and Global Studies Coordinators.
These are just a few of the unique ways to work in higher education - there are hundreds, if not thousands of other job opportunities available at colleges and universities across the country. If you loved your college experience, why not make it your full-time career!