Lateral transitions from different functional areas

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Lateral transitions from different functional areas

Posted by Roy Montgomery on May 22, 2018 12:31 pm

Hello Everyone,  

I am a student union/center buff at heart and love the role that the facilities and associated communities play in serving as a hub for campus life. However, I currently work in multicultural student services. I would like to get back into student centers as my professional aspiration is to serve as a director of student union. 

Here is my question: How does one realign themselves within student union work when they have spent the majority (albeit short) career outside of the functional area? Would you recommend an internship? What areas in student unions (campus activities, operations, administration, finance, etc.) are more easily accessible to lateral transitions?

I am starting a certificate program in Student Affairs Management of Auxiliary Enterprises in the fall, but I don’t know if this educational experience will translate into professional potential. I also think that internships at this phase in my career might be ill advised. 

I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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Re: Lateral transitions from different functional areas

Posted by Daniel Maxwell on May 23, 2018 7:48 am

Good Morning Roy.

I would suggest that you review your resume and think about a hybrid of both a functional and chronological resume.  I would look at the competencies needed for the new work you are wanting to do and highlight your experience in those functional duties (leadership, finance, supervision, campus partnerships, etc) and follow with a listing of your most recent positions.  You will also want to highlight your successes in those roles and campus engagement.  Let me know if you have any questions as I am happy to help.