Pros: beneftis, summer work hours
Cons: center management, changing expectations
Saint Leo University gave me the opportunity to interact with current and future students like I experience while attending . However, the team spirit that I felt at the Center in was attached to while I attended Saint Leo, was absent from the Center that I was employed at. A typical day at work consisted of advising new and potential students to assist in completion of students goals and the retention goal of the University's strategic plan or planning/executing marketing activities. The job description of the Advisor includes marketing, meaning that 30% of the Advisor's time must be devoted to marketing. This was very stressful due to the Center Director's changing direction midstream. Expectations changed often as priorities from above changed.
My students were the most enjoyable part of the job. To spend time with them, hear their stories and struggles, to help them accomplish their goals and bring them another step closer to new opportunities, is very rewarding and increased the desire to return to work every morning.
Benefits are good, especially the tuition reimbursement benefit. Attending graduate school was a dream of mine. This benefit allows employees to take classes without the cost. However, the hostile work environment and the commute caused me to resign my position.
I would advise checking things out really well before accepting a position at a distance learning center. The work atmosphere at all centers is not the same. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to attend classes through the center I did but it was another story in the center I worked at.