What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Academic Advisor in Bloomington:
"Make a difference."
Realize that you are an influential component of a young adults educational experience and the work that you perform has a lasting impact on the path that individual students take - for better or worse. Listen carefully, look for and support potential, and link to opportunities.
Stay connected with and use resources of professional organizations.
Academic Advisor in Chattanooga:
"The Internal Politics Of Higher Education."
The internal politics of higher education can very much affect your life and career. Who is in positions of authority as much as anything can determine your "success" or "failure" independent of how you actually might be performing.