9 Things to Do Instead of #EMchat Tonight

If you missed the memo, we're canceling #EMchat tonight. Sorry for the last minute change. Lots of wheels cranking, candles burning, and life events happening in our realms. Forgive us? Still want an hour of the best professional development this side of the internet? Okay. Here you go. How many links can you fit in a blog post? A lot. In no particular order:

1.   Improve your Email via Meghan Dalesandro.

2.  Watch some of these via The Team at Rapid Insight.

3.  Learn some #EMsci from Brock Tibert. And try not to get lost. THAT is the real challenge! He's too smart.

4.  Download this. Then start reading it. I lied, it's not all free. But totally worth it.

5.  Request to join this group. I'm sure there's a good conversation going on. Or at least Jon Boeckenstedt is there leaving good comments.

6.  Speaking of, play with some of these visualizations. They never end.

7.  Catch up on this and last week's #EMchat from Chegg. (Two things or one?)

8.  Start some research to figure out how to get THIS FILM on your campus.

9.  Start a conversation. Ask a question. Link up with an #FAchat, #SAchat, #CareerServChat, #SCcrowd, #SCchat, #CollegeCash hashtags and build your network.

FOR BONUS #EMCHAT POINTS: Find THIS and mail to Crofton, Maryland.

And, if you've got some great prodev of your own to share with the community, I didn't leave it out on purpose. I promise. Share it in the comments or with #EMchat at any time! See you all next week for a chat on Prior, Prior Year Financial Data for the FAFSA. Speaking of, read this by Scannell & Kurz's Aaron Mahl.

Resolution: Get a Mentor. Be a Mentor.

In keeping with the resolution theme, today’s post is focused on the value of mentors. I’ve made it a point to identify people (formally and informally) in all areas of my life who can help guide me to become the person I aspire to be. I regularly ping them for advice, grab a coffee or lunch, and gauge their collective responses to opportunities and challenges that pop up in my life, melding suggestions into options that work best for me. Through #EMchat, I’ve met a number of colleagues who have provided serious advice and have been instrumental in the decisions that I have made in my career.

mentorTo me, networking and collaborating with colleagues is the best part of the #EMchat community. And that’s why we’re looking to connect individuals on a greater level as we move into 2015. Over the next few months, we’ll be working on formally defining the online mentorship role that we know EMchat is already providing behind the scenes for so many. We’ve got some great ideas spinning and as always, we're open to your ideas as well!

Maybe you don’t need a mentor you can talk to every day. Maybe you’re just looking for advice on one particular topic or experience. Maybe you’ve had a fantastic career or just went through a super successful implementation of a CRM and have some tips to share. Maybe you just want to give back. Our goal is simply to create the pool and let the community take it from there.

Whatever the case, be on the lookout for updates and let us know your thoughts on the value you’d find in this!

#ProDev and Predictive Modeling

We’ve had some great discussions centered around professional development this year; most recently, our chat with NACAC on prodev opportunities and career paths for admission officers. I think it’s also safe to say that #EMchat itself is professional development, whether it’s an article shared, a question answered, or an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the US.

Make a resolution this year to make professional development a bigger part of your life. And remember, some of the best prodev experiences are free.

A while back, we collaborated with the team at Rapid Insight to discuss predictive modeling—and a huge thanks to them for making it possible as a webinar! That chat was a great one, but the RI team has taken it one step (20 steps, actually) further. They’ve created a 20 part video training series for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge of predictive modeling. I've taken a look at a number of the trainings and have found them to be straight-forward and relatable, something that’s important for me in a world that is oftentimes exactly the opposite. They're short videos (and some hands-on training, which is awesome) and absolutely worth taking a few minutes out of your day here or there to give your brain a data boost.

We all know that college admission is competitive for students, but as we continue to move in a direction that requires EM'ers to put a greater focus on data, jobs in the field will become increasingly competitive for professionals. Here’s an opportunity to give yourself a free leg-up and expand your own knowledge.

Caitlin Garrett does a much better job of explaining the training series in her recent post. Check it out and get your prodev on to kick off the New Year!

#EMchat - #ProDev for EM and School Counseling Pros

The role of #EMchat--since the beginning--has been to provide a structured platform to discuss hot topics in higher education enrollment management. While each  moderator has their (our) own opinions, we try to guide a conversation that is open to all sides of the topic. I'd like to think that we were successful in facilitating that last night.

Heated debates are fantastic. Twitter is a sounding board for professionals who are truly passionate about their careers and industry. #EMchat, #SAchat, #FAchat, #SCcrowd, #SCchat, #HESM -- These are all communities where you see thought leaders even more. And typically, you also see more divisive opinions. That's the world of education. That's how it is.

But here's what I took away from the chat last night. NO ONE is serving students or setting a positive example for young professionals when we place blame on a whole sector of an industry (both sides)  instead of collaboratively working toward a goal.

You typically see conversations centered around professionalism and identity more in the #SAchat realm. We've never had an actual #EMchat on it. I like a debate. In fact, I love a debate. I work on Capitol Hill. What I don't like is name calling, generalizations about professionals (or anyone, really), or diminishing the role of someone--or group of people--with sweeping, juvenile statements. BOTH sides were guilty of this last night. Some people handled it well and some didn't.

Basically, that's not what #EMchat is about. We facilitate. We network. We learn from one another. I took away some great points from the chat last night, and I think there are topics that can definitely be expanded on in future chats. But I also took away a sick feeling that I somehow contributed to promulgating a highly negative conversation between two professional career tracks that I greatly value.

I'm sure we'll see more #SCcrowd and #SCchat chats on professional development opportunities for school counselors. We're discussing the EM career path with NACAC directly in December. I encourage everyone to check it out.

Here's a little background on the High School Counselor Challenge:

https://twitter.com/AlexMWilliams_/status/530540564417363968

And here's the link for the transcript!

-Alex

#EMchat Meet #CareerServChat - August 21st!

We’re excited to partner up with the #CareerServChat team for our chat on August 21st to discuss how student outcomes are affecting recruitment strategies and how these two divisions can work together toward common goals.

Elizabeth Dexter-Wilson kicked this topic off on #CareerServChat’s August 14th chat and we’re looking forward to continuing the conversation!

Pulled directly from their site, #CareerServChat is a Twitter chat dedicated to engaging college students and graduates in the career development process and answering career and job related questions. The professionals facilitating #CareerServChat support the use of career services offices and resources at colleges and universities.

Here’s the transcript of the chat:

Here are the questions for tonight's chat:

Q1: How have you seen student outcomes affect your recruitment efforts? Q2: What's the collaboration level between EM/Career Services on your campus? How has this evolved? Q3: Does career services participate in EM events (open houses, admitted student day, etc.) on your campus? Q4: What information or support do you look for from your career services? What about from EM? Q5: Should any particular office be "in charge" of discussing with students the value/ROI of careers from your institution? Q6: Have you had any negative experiences stemming from the need to promote outcomes? Either from faculty or students?

And as always, feel free to bring your own questions to the party…and a drink. That’s always a necessity.

Still not sold on the role of student outcomes in the world of recruitment? Check out this post on 2014 Trends from our friends over at The Lawlor Group -- read them all, but definitely Trend 3!

See you on Thursday!