Review of my job as Academic Counselor for 20 years at Mesa College
Academic Counselor (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 22, 2015
My typical day at work as an Academic Counselor was meeting with the students (individually) to assist them with education plans, career planning, and assist them to plan transfer requirements to 4-year colleges and universities. At time, I also assisted those in need of personal counseling, and often referred them to our psychologists in health services for long term counseling. Most frequently served were service veterans with PTSD. It was very very rewarding to work with all students of all beliefs and ethnicities.
The hardest part of the job was to fully assist a student in a one hour appt. Often, I developed a professional relationship, and these students would make an appt. with me every semester to assure that their goals/personal needs were being met and "on target".
I retired in 2014, and have so missed my students and colleagues. My job was so rewarding and fulfilling. I have been fortunate to be rehired in a part-time counseling position at the Continuing Education facility at Mesa College. I am still interested in also working part time or full time in the health field, working as a counselor with Cancer patients. I am a cancer survivor, and with my counseling background and "lived experience", I know I would bring great compassion and experience to the cancer patients I would be working with.
Management at Mesa College was excellent, and the hardest part of the job was actually retiring. I am so happy that I will return to work in February.
Personal fulfillment in working with the students and co-workers
As a part time counselor, I worked 2 days a week, 6 hours a day. We did not get official breaks, and that was challenging, as I think to do an excellent job, employees need to have at least a 15 minute break for every 3 hours worked.