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Heidi Ellis

Heidi Ellis

The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

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Heidi's work combines: Writing, Education, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Administrative Officer - Examinations & Course Profiles

I format and edit exam papers for the University of Queensland's School of Economics.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Columbus State University

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    Columbus State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Organizational Communication, General

Graduate Degree: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    As an undergrad, I was inspired by my Academic Advisor to pursue a career in Higher Education.

  • 2.

    After graduation, I took my first "professional" job as an Office Manager for a Catering Company.

  • 3.

    Applied for an Administrative Assistant role with the University of Colorado Foundation.

  • 4.

    I was encouraged by my bosses to do my Master's Degree.

  • 5.

    To gain experience working with students, I volunteered as a study skills workshop instructor at CU.

  • 6.

    After a long job search, I was hired as an Academic Advisor with Colorado Technical University.

  • 7.

    Then I decided I hadn't traveled MY road enough, so I quit my job and moved to Australia.

  • 8.

    I was hired as a temp, then transitioned to a permanent role with UQ in Brisbane.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement

  • THE NOISE

    Messages from Society in general:

    You can't make any money in education. "Academic Advising? Never heard of it."

  • How I responded:

    There is plenty of money to be made in education if that is important to you, but most people don't pursue careers in education for the money. Careers that will be in demand in the future haven't even been conceived yet. I look at this as an opportunity to become a leader in an emerging field.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • It is very difficult to earn a graduate degree, especially when you have to work full-time to support yourself. BUT IT IS POSSIBLE! (my 4.0 GPA is proof)

  • I completed both degrees as a spouse of an active-duty soldier. It kept me from feeling like I was able to explore MY road because I was too busy "holding down the fort" at home.