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Academic Advisor

POSITION SUMMARY

Academic Advisors help students develop plans that will aid them in achieving their educational goals. This may include helping students examine school programs, helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and assist them in selecting a major. They also work closely with administrators to stay up-to-date on any program changes. 

Academic Advisors track the progress of students and provide resources to students who do not meet education requirements. In some schools, they may also provide assistance to at-risk students and recommend further counseling.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Academic Advisor responsibilities may include:

  • Place students in classes relevant to their desired field of study.
  • Provide information on additional courses.
  • Develop a plan for students to follow so they may achieve their academic goals.
  • Provide additional resources outside of classroom help for students.
  • Make class schedule changes as needed.

 

SKILLS

It can be difficult for students to achieve their academic goals without any guidance. In order to advise them properly, a skilled Academic Advisor will:

  • Utilize active listening in order to assess student needs.
  • Stay organized to manage multiple student profiles.
  • Stay on top of industry trends in order to provide sound career advice.
  • Have a firm grasp of policy and curriculum changes.
  • Network with other administrative staff to stay up-to-date on changes within the school.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To secure a position as an Academic Advisor, candidates will need a Bachelor’s Degree in education or counseling. However, many employers will give preference to candidates with a higher level of education, such as a Master’s Degree. In addition, candidates will be expected to pass a background test.

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ACADEMIC ADVISOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • What actions would you take with a student who does not have the GPA they need to remain in good academic standing?

  • In your opinion, what is the most important part of advising students?

  • How do you stay up-to-date on changes within the academic industry?

  • What type of advising model do you use?

  • Tell me about a time you helped a student who was struggling.

  • How do you balance meeting the needs of students, administration, and occasionally parents?

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