Melissa Diaz

Office Coordinator at the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program

Fourth Year | Sociology | Revelle College

Q: What do you do and what makes your job different/unique? A: As an office coordinator I get to help with the day to day tasks that keep our office running. Some days I file paperwork or handle receipts and other days I might be collaborating with my coworkers to help put on an event for our CASP Scholars. What is really great about my job is that there is no set daily agenda so I get to learn new skills frequently and challenge myself in different ways. My favorite part of working for CASP are the amazing people I get to interact with on a day to day basis. Whether it’s with our graduate students, my fellow office coordinators, or the CASP Scholars, I always feel welcomed in the space.

Q: How has your job helped you? What skills have you learned? A: My job has helped me learn how to navigate the different needs of an office. For example, I’ve learned how to treat my mistakes as learning opportunities. Work doesn’t stop if I’ve previously made a mistake, I have to learn from that error and keep going. Additionally, I have gained a great support system via the other staff in the office.

Q: Why did you choose this job/department/ field of work? A: I wanted to have consistent work hours week by week in an office that was flexible and understanding that as a student sometimes I might need some schedule flexibility due to academic and personal responsibilities.

Q: Is this job in line with your career goals? A: This job is within the field of student affairs which is what I see myself working in as a professional after graduate school, so it has allowed me to gain some insight into how an office of student retention and success operates.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow student workers? A: Stay in touch with supervisors and coworkers even after they leave or you leave the job. By doing so, you help keep that job network open for yourself and have others keeping an eye out for potential job openings. For example, I had stayed in contact with my current supervisor after she left another office that we both used to work in. When a job opened up in the program she directs, she let me know and encouraged me to apply. That’s how I got my current job! Also, treat every interview like a learning experience, there’s a lot to be said when it comes to learning how to interview well. Remember an interview is an opportunity for potential employers to learn about you, but also for you to learn about them- so make sure you come prepared with some questions.

Do you have an awesome on campus job? Do you love what you do and want to share your experiences with other students? If so, contact us and you may be spotlighted in future newsletters!

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 Issue of the Triton Worker. 

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