I manage a two-year fellowship program for high school counselors and advisers.
My job requires that I provide information, resources, and other support to the fellows participating in the fellowship program I manage. This means I am responding to inquiries from fellows via phone and email. I am usually planning professional development opportunities for them like in-person trainings or webinars. I explore potential avenues for the fellows to share their expertise in furthering the goals of my organization. I also create policies and guidelines to support the fellows.
Giving people ample opportunities to share their opinions and experiences are important, listening more than talking, and using the feedback to continuously improve a program or initiative are some of the most important takeaways I have learned. I have also learned that effective collaboration is essential to really get anything done. So in addition to being a good listener, you have to identify shared goals and take your own ego out of the project.
"Why go to law school if you aren't going to practice law? Why put yourself through that? I heard this from a variety of people."