Career Staff Association: Networking for Professional Growth and Development

 

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From left to right: Adrian Aleem, chair; Amanda Russell, secretary and Shalini Sealey, co-chair

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could go to share your insights and ideas and get answers to questions that would enhance your workplace experience and perhaps even accelerate your career path?

Well, there is! And it’s as close to you as the East Campus Career Staff Association (CSA). CSA is a collegewide organization that provides a forum for career staff colleagues to engage in career development activities, participate in community outreach projects and network with fellow colleagues to enhance relationships and build camaraderie.

Your 2014 East Campus CSA leaders are Adrian Aleem, chair; Shalini Sealey, co-chair and Amanda Russell, secretary. Each of them brings their experiences as former Valencia students who have worked in various career staff roles. All are committed to their professional growth and see their leadership with CSA as a key component.

Adrian, a business office specialist, graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in general studies from Valencia. He began working in the Atlas Lab as a student and has worked in the business office for the past three years. He served as co-chair for East Campus CSA in 2013.

Adrian loves being a leader on his campus and is a firm believer that CSA will help you grow in your career. “We really encourage employee development and encourage career staff to voice their opinions through the outlet CSA provides,” he shares. “We will promote tools that will help you to be more mindful and aware of areas you might want to grow into by using resources like PIVOT 1, Valencia’s leadership development program. It’s pretty exciting to have this leadership role — a first for me — and Dr. Johnson’s commitment to the Association.”

Shalini, a business office specialist who handles insurance for international students, completed an Associate in Arts degree from Valencia in biology and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in business and information management. In the past, she has worked in enrollment services, as well as admissions and records and has served as CSA treasurer.

She enjoys the opportunities that CSA provides her to represent the campus and to learn from others. “CSA gives you the opportunity to have your say. And while it’s an association for career staff, we really encourage professional staff to visit meetings, provide mentorship and share their career paths,” she says.

Amanda, an administrative assistant in the mathematics department, completed an Associate in Arts in sociology at Valencia, as well as a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in sociology from UCF. In the past, she has worked as a Fitness and Wellness Center work study student, supplemental learning leader in mathematics, specialized preparatory area mathematics tutor and mathematics lab instructor.

Amanda loves the connections and agrees with Shalini that CSA provides opportunities to have her voice heard. She shares, “Being able to network with career staff professionals and having representation on campus and collegewide issues is important. It is also a way to recognize achievements of career staff while promoting development.”

You are invited to attend the upcoming CSA meetings:

Open Forum and Q & A with East Campus President Stacey Johnson
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 3,113

Roundtable Discussion with Valencia President Sandy Shugart: Leadership in the Crucible of Work
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: East Campus Building 5, 112

CSA meetings are generally held the last Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., with the exception of August and December. You are encouraged to join the CSA at East Campus. If interested, contact Adrian Aleem at aaleem@valenciacollege.edu or at extension 2183.

 

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