Importance Of Becoming An Admissions Counselor

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Not long ago, I decided to change my major to applied psychology because of the fact that I really want to work with students that are planning to go to college. During the summer, I had the opportunity to work with about fifteen high school students from Reading High. Listening to the students talk about the amount of people that are not interested in college and are dropping out of high school, made me think about my high school days. I saw a huge amount of my cohort drop out for various reasons, they either weren’t interested in school or thought they were not good enough for college. I see education as an opportunity that you get in order to better yourself, once someone decides not to continue it, that opportunity is thrown away. I want…show more content…
Being able to guide them and help them make the right decisions in what I want to do. According to the ONET online skills test results, in order to pursue a career in this field, I would need to complete a masters degree and in some cases, some of the jobs in the field require the candidates to have a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D.. However, there are chances in which I would be able to get a job in admissions counseling with my bachelors’ degree ("Admission Counselor | Staff Job Composite," n.d.). The median wage as of 2014 for jobs in this field was $42.49 hourly, which sums up to be about $88,390 a year ("11-9033.00 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary," n.d.). In 2012, there were about 161,800 people employed and the projected growth for jobs in this field is about 15 percent between 2012 and 2022 ("Postsecondary Education Administrators: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,"…show more content…
Based on what I’ve read online and heard from different admissions counselors themselves, the job does can a lot of your time. For this type of job, one has to travel to different places in order to recruit students. I know this because I talked to my mentor for the Psych 296, James McCarty, and Admissions Counselor at Penn State University, Berks campus. During our first meeting, he was talking to me about how he will need to travel to different places in the state and even out of states to go to schools and talk to the students. Aside from that, he also needs to schedule group visits to our campus with not only various high schools, but some middle schools as well. Becky Eckenrode, another Admissions Counselor at our campus, has also talked to me about her experiences. How she travels across the state in order to visit different schools districts. The amount of schools that each of them visit are about thirty-two each. Aside from traveling, calling schools, and meeting students on campus, there are several skills that one needs to acquire in order to do an effective job. Active listening, critical thinking, good interpersonal skills, and being able to advise others are some of the traits needed for this job ("11-9033.00 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary," n.d.). Admissions counseling is a full time job, but during the summer, the hours can be reduced ("Postsecondary Education Administrators: Occupational Outlook

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