NACA BLOG - Ready for the Next Step in Your Career-3/15/2022

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Ready for the Next Step in Your Career?
Sarah Keeling, Ph.D. 
NACA Director of Education & Research 

What is next for you? What do you aspire to do? What knowledge and skills will you need for that next step?

Let NACA help you navigate your professional journey.  

We’ve heard that mid-level professionals are looking for deeper educational experiences. The NACA® Mid-Level Professionals Course is designed for higher education professionals with at least 3-5 years of professional experience who are preparing for the next steps in their careers. This is an opportunity to have an in-depth, cohort-based, professional development experience with colleagues from across the country.  

Grow your professional network.  

Each week a live, synchronous session will be led by an expert or experts in the field. These sessions will be recorded, but ideally attendees will be able to attend the live session in order to ask questions and participate with the experts. These sessions will be held each Friday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, starting on April 8 and running through May 13. Each week will also incorporate resources – reading, videos, etc. – that you will be expected to read/watch. Participants will be divided into smaller discussion teams and will find a time to meet for an hour each week outside of the regular session time. This team time will give you the opportunity to reflect on the materials and presentations, as well as grow your professional network.  

Invest in yourself. 

Participants can expect to spend around 3 to 5 hours of time each week on the course. We know that time and resources are scarce but believe in the importance of professional development. Growing as a professional provides not only personal and professional gains, but it also positively impacts your students, your institution, and your future. 

Prepare for the future. 

Each topic in the course corresponds with the forthcoming Certification for Student Affairs Educators domains. If you have an interest in taking the certification in the future, the Mid-Level Professionals Course is a great way to get a jumpstart on that preparation. 

This course will cover relevant topics such as:   

  • Strategic Leadership  
  • Foundations of Student Engagement  
  • Social Justice & Inclusion  
  • Human Resource Management  
  • Operational Management  
  • Assessment & Evaluation 

Learn more. 

Learn more about the topics covered and the experts who will lead the session on the Mid-Level Professionals Course website. Registration is now open and is limited to the first 50 people.

Sarah Keeling, Ph.D. serves as director of Education & Research for the National Association for Campus Activities and has over 20 years of higher education experience. Her doctorate in higher education administration is from the University of South Carolina.

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