Universities, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools are the typical employers of a student advisor. These institutions use student advisors to assist enrollees in creating academic schedules and making progress towards graduation. The advisor assists students and provides them with the tools necessary to be successful in their academic careers.
The advisor is usually assigned to one department or school within a college or university, and they must be familiar with the degree requirements for the programs within that department/school. Undergraduate advisors must possess more generalized knowledge, while graduate advisors are typically more specialized. Additionally, the student advisor works with the student's prior grades and records to suggest areas of aptitude and offer information for undecided students regarding majors and degree programs. The student advisor also helps set up tutoring and assistance for students who require additional educational help.
To work as a student advisor, a great deal of familiarity with the employer and the various degrees and certifications offered is a must. Frequently, graduate students fill this role, serving as student advisors within their department for undergraduate students. Typically, the advisor keeps scheduled office hours during the week in an academic setting.
The advisor must have excellent communications skills, as they spend a great deal of time listening to students and assisting them in creating schedules that fit within confines of class requirements, extracurricular activities, travel, and even work, for part-time academics who work outside jobs.
Student Advisor Tasks
Sustain contact with students throughout their education journey and guide them towards graduation.
Provide mentoring and success strategy counseling services to students.
Issue recommendations to the proper department for enhanced student success.
Advise students on potential avenues of education based on strengths and interests.
Assist with student enrollment and registration.