By Jeremy Tiers, Senior Director of Admissions Services
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Summer is a popular time for admissions, marketing, and enrollment management professionals to evaluate different processes, events, and results from the past year.
During the 1-1 meetings that are part of the training workshops Ethan Penland and I lead, we oftentimes end up talking with multiple staff members about things like self-awareness, accountability, confidence, and setting goals.
They’re not always the most exciting topics, but I would argue that each one is essential for growth, both personally and professionally.
Regardless of your title or years of experience, making time for self-evaluation, at least once a year, is important. Otherwise it’s hard for any of us to truly understand what’s working and what’s not, as well as what we need to develop and grow.
Do you want to build better relationships?
Do you want to improve your customer service?
Do you want more responsibilities?
Do you want to have a leadership role? (Or ascend to a higher leadership level)
Do you want better or different results in the coming year/cycle?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, I encourage you to ask yourself, and answer, the following questions:
- What do like most about your job?
- What do you like least about your job?
- What are the most important responsibilities you’re expected to fulfill? (And how are you doing with each one?)
- What’s one thing you need to become more knowledgeable about?
- What achievements in the past 12 months are you most proud of?
- What career goals do you hope to accomplish in the next 2-3 years?
- What do you need to help you accomplish those goals?
- If I was in a room with someone who knows you and I asked them to give me a few words or sentences that describe you, what would they say? (And what would you want them to say?)
After you’re done, use your answers to pinpoint ways you can improve and grow, as well as to help you define future goals and how you will set yourself up for success.
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And if you found this article helpful, I encourage you to forward it to someone else on your campus who could also benefit from reading it.