Objectives 1. Learn what skills acquired from being on RLS are applicable outside of the role. 2. Understand that the skills learned on RLS are what employers/professional schools/volunteer positions are looking for. 3. Develop the ability to showcase those skills in order to obtain other opportunities. 4. Appreciate the professional growth being on RLS has provided.
Outline What are they looking for? What did you do as a CA? What about RLS as a profession? What about my cover letter/resume?
What are they looking for? - Professional Schools Basically, they want everything. Communication Skills Balance Commitment to learning Stress management Motivation Creativity Interpersonal skills Empathy Leadership Teamwork Critical Thinking Time management Intrapersonal skills Good Academic Standing - Purdue University
What are they looking for? - EmployersSkills ValuesCommunication Skills DedicationTeamwork ReliabilityInterpersonal Skills Positive AttitudeMulticultural Awareness ProfessionalismProblem Solving Self – ConfidencePlanning/Organizing Self – Motivation - Hansen & Hansen (2011)
What are they looking for? - Volunteer Organizations Patience Flexibility Initiative Commitment Passion Open-mindedness Professionalism Introspection
What did you as a CA? Things to consider: Coverage Community development Programming Student Conduct and Follow-up August Training/January Revival/PPDP Staff Development
What about RLS as a profession? Being a CA can be a starting point to a career in residence life! There are varying levels of positions: Student Internship – Entry Level Entry Level (Student Affairs/Residence Life) Mid – Level Mid/Upper Level
Student Internship – EntryLevel Position Type Student Internship - Entry-level, Residence Life Positions Residence Coordinator (UBC), Assistant Residence Life Manager (Guelph), Community Coordinator (Waterloo) Starting $11,000 - $20,000Stipend *Must still be a student (one course) except for Waterloo position Qualifications No residence life experience necessary
Entry Level – ResidenceLife Position Type Entry-level, Residence Life Positions Residence Manager (UWO, Windsor, McMaster), Residence Life Manager (UBC, Guelph), Residence Life Coordinator (Calgary, Toronto, Brock), Residence Life Area Coordinator (WLU) Starting $35,000 - $50,000 *Most typical is between $38,000 - $45,000 *There is a big variation depending on location and institution. Qualifications A university degree; a minimum of two years’ experience living and working within a residence system; etc.
Entry Level – Student Affairs Position Type Entry-level, Student Affairs Positions Titles and positions vary across . However, many jobs exist within Student Life, Career Services, Academic Advising, Recruiting, Athletics and Recreation, etc. Starting $35,000 - $45,000 Qualifications A university degree; student leadership experience.
Mid Level – Residence Life Position Type Mid-level, Specialized portfolio in Residence Life Positions Community Standards Manager, Residence Judicial Officer (, Queens, Mac), Training and Development Coordinator/Manager, (Mac, ), Residence Programme Coordinator () Starting $40,000 - $55,000 *There is a big variation depending on location and institution. Qualifications Graduate degree preferred, 3-5 years of professional experience. *These positions are very difficult to come by. They are often live-out positions and have a lot of competition when they become available
Mid/Upper Level – Residence Life Position Type Mid/Upper-level, Residence Life (supervising RLMs, etc.) Positions Manager, Residence Life (Brock), Assistant Director, Residence Life (, , UWO, UBC, etc.), Department Head, Residence Life () Starting $50,000 - $60,000 *There is a big variation depending on location and institution. Qualifications Graduate degree, minimum 5-7 years of professional experience in student affairs working in positions with increasing levels of responsibility. *These positions are very difficult to come by. They are live-out positions and have a lot of competition when they become available.
What about my cover letter/resume? The cover letter Purpose ○ State the reason why you’re applying ○ Explain how you heard about the position ○ Calls attention to the highlights of your background ○ Provides additional information ○ Is the first impression!!!