August is quickly slipping away and before we know it a new semester will be upon us. New students will be excited and lost and excited to be lost because they found something else that was just as cool or important as what they were originally looking for. Seniors are excited to be back for the beginning of the end. Administrators and faculty need a vacation from the summer. No, we do NOT get the summers off!
But isn’t the beginning of the fall semester wonderful? Higher ed allows us to have a new beginning every 4 months – new ideas; new opportunities; new people; new staff! Some us need to take stock in where we are in our careers. Are we happy to start another academic year at our current institutions? If the answer is yes, then think about stepping up your game and making yourself known both in and out of your department and division. Start thinking about attending conferences and professional development opportunities. What about grants and proposals? Apply for a small grant to enhance student life and impress your VP and maybe event the president.
If the answer is no, then let’s get that resume updated and some new cover letters written. We all know that higher ed has its season. While jobs are available all year long, the primarily selection season for higher ed is the spring. By February most colleges are posting important vacancies for start dates on July 1. And even thought the fall is only just beginning, we know how fast these 4 little months fly. And December is not really a full month of classes. Once the holidays are upon us, and we get caught up in them, we have forgotten about our job search. So put yourself first and get yourself ready for the job search.
Either way, you want to be happy where you work doing what you do. If you aren’t, it’s time for a change. Students have to be first in our profession and in order for that to happen we have to be confident that we have already put ourselves first hence putting our best foot forward.
Good luck with the first few days. Get some rest and put on your game face. Keep Calm and Carry On!