On Saturday, October 27th, the Higher Education program and the Career Center co-hosted the "Higher Education Career Development Seminar" for current and prospective Seton Hall University students as well as alumni. An esteemed panel of career professionals shared their tips for the job market and shared insights about what it means to work in higher education.
The guest speakers were Seton Hall alumni from the Higher Education programs. They currently work within student affairs, administration and institutional research, and as faculty in various settings. These individuals included, Jonathan Stoessel, Ph.D. (Institutional Research Analyst, Princeton University), John Hottinger (Assistant Director of Career Services, Fairfield University), Colleen Evans, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dominican College), Tom Green, Ph.D. (Enrollment Management, AACRAO Consulting), and Demond Hargrove, Ph.D. (Vice President for Student Development, Union County College).
Students and alumni attending the seminar then had an opportunity to ask more specific questions for 30 minutes in three breakout rooms (student affairs, administration and institutional research, and faculty) to further explore the different career options. The speakers hosted lively discussions in these breakout rooms.
First year student in the Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy program, Michael Carhart, appreciated the opportunity to learn about what working as an administrator in higher education actually entails, "…We received insider knowledge on the day to day life of a VP of student affairs, and how different departments operate with one another. It was interesting to hear from different individuals from various careers in higher education. I thought it was exciting that many of the speakers were early in their career and all alumni from Seton Hall. So, it was encouraging to see how they are using their degree and to see where they have landed. I left with a sense of 'hey, this is something that I could see myself doing.'"
Another attendee and student in the Higher Education program, Yiannis Floropoulos, remarked "it was good to have a different perspectives from different parts of higher education, professors, administrators, and from different types of schools. It was nice to see how the industry is playing out from these different perspectives. I think there should be more time and resources given to these type of events in the future, here and elsewhere."
Students should stay tuned for more professional development events sponsored by the Higher Education program. For more information on graduate programs in education, please contact Diana Minakakis, Director of Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.