A job as an Education Administrator can be a deeply rewarding experience. It is a great feeling being able to aid students as they apply, take classes, and graduate from a university. Being an education professional though can be challenging. There are many misconceptions about working at a university.
Myth 1: It isn’t stressful working at a university.
According to Business Insider, Education Administrators hold one of the most stressful jobs in America. (Vivian Giang, “Most Stressful Jobs in America,” Business Insider) A stressor not mentioned in the article is that interruptions often occur while working on projects. In addition you will find yourself constantly performing duties not listed on your job description.
Myth 2: I don’t need an advanced degree to get ahead.
More and more higher-level job postings at universities are now requiring an advanced degree. A master’s degree will help you get promoted and show your worth to the university. If you want to reach the highest leadership positions you will need to obtain a PhD.
Myth 3: I won’t need to interact with people.
You will find yourself working on a computer but you will also be dealing directly with people. Students are the customers and every education professional working at a university shapes the customer’s experience. If you want to keep your customers happy you need to have good customer service skills.
Myth 4: What other departments do doesn’t matter.
No matter your role you will be interacting with various departments on campus. An understanding of what duties each department performs allows you to know where to go when you need help. When you can’t answer a student’s question you can send them to the right place for them to get help.
Myth 5: It must be nice not to have to work during the summer.
Education Administrators work twelve months a year. Summers may appear quiet because there aren’t as many students on campus but in the office it is a busy time. Administrators are dealing with summer classes as well as preparing for the fall time. Admissions offices are continuing to sell the university and draw in new applicants. There is always work to be done.