Finding Work Community

by Stefanie Lucas-Waverly

Over the last five and a half years I’ve lived in three different states and several different cities. I moved to Colorado for graduate school and Minnesota for my partner’s job. Starting out in a new place can be challenging, but six months into my new job I can report that I am really happy. 

Here are a few reasons:

I was extremely thoughtful in my job search. I spent a lot of time looking for a challenging position that would utilize my strengths and allow me to grow. It made me nervous not to have a job when we first moved out here, and I used the time to figure out what was the right next step for my life and career.

My supervisor and I get along really well.  My on campus interview questions were well thought through and I wanted to know as much as possible about the work environment. My supervisor clearly was passionate about the institution and her work. I thrive in environments with other passionate and dedicated folks, and her positive energy was evident. I could go on and on about the amount of things I’ve learned from her in a short amount of time, and can’t emphasize the importance of a supervisor who really does “challenge and support” you.

I agree with the mission of the institution. I am a mission driven person and need to be someplace I wholeheartedly agree with the mission. I would not be successful in my current position if not for a deep understanding of the mission and able to articulate it to others. I plan admission events and I am constantly learning and gathering information to tell the Hamline University story.

I meet new people at work all the time. It was easy for me to build a community at work as one of my main responsibilities is working with almost every area of campus including faculty, staff and students. I reached out quickly and continue to meet with new folks regularly.

Many of you are job searching, so what are some of the things you are looking for in a work community? What are some of the indicators of a community you will thrive in?

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1 comment :

  1. These are all excellent things to think of when job searching! It isn't always about living in the coolest city or working for "the best institution" you have to find the right fit for YOU!

    Thanks for sharing!


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