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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS: Working In Education Administration

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Messina is the Assistant Director of Admissions and Records at Cabrillo College. Her job entails assisting students with problems concerning admissions and registration, as well as processing transcript requests. She tells us that to work as a registrar, there's no specific undergraduate degree required, but most do have a masters in education or counseling.

Degree: English Language and Literature - Teaching
Job Title: Assistant Director of Admissions & Records
Employer: Cabrillo College

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Postsecondary

Job Description

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the office of the registrar.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $165,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Analytical skills, Creativity, Detail oriented, Leadership ability, Networking, Patience, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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<span m='18389'>assisting</span> <span m='18886'>students with</span> <span m='19383'>their</span> <span m='19880'>admission,</span> <span m='20377'>any</span> <span m='20874'>problems,</span> <span m='21371'>or</span> <span m='21868'>registration.</span> <span m='22862'>And</span> <span m='23359'>also</span> <span m='23856'>when</span> <span m='24353'>students</span> <span m='24850'>graduate,</span> <span m='25844'>I</span> <span m='26341'>help</span> <span m='27335'>if they want</span> <span m='27832'>transcripts</span> <span m='28329'>or there's something that's</span> <span m='28826'>going</span> <span m='29323'>on.</span> <span m='30814'>Everything</span> <span m='31311'>from</span> <span m='31808'>when</span> <span m='32305'>a student</span> <span m='32802'>enters</span> <span m='33299'>college</span> <span m='33796'>to</span> <span m='34293'>when they</span> <span m='34790'>leave</span> <span m='35287'>and then they need more</span> <span m='35784'>records</span> <span m='36281'>from</span> <span m='36778'>our</span> <span m='37275'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='40257'>I</span> <span m='40754'>went</span> <span m='41251'>to school</span> <span m='41748'>in</span> <span m='42245'>New</span> <span m='42742'>Zealand.</span> <span m='43239'>My</span> <span m='43736'>training</span> <span m='44233'>was</span> <span m='44730'>in</span> <span m='45724'>teacher,</span> <span m='46718'>secondary</span> <span m='47215'>level.</span> <span m='48209'>And</span> <span m='48706'>that was</span> <span m='49203'>what</span> <span m='49700'>I was</span> <span m='50197'>trained</span> <span m='50694'>to</span> <span m='51191'>do.</span> <span m='51688'>And it got where</span> <span m='52185'>I have bachelor of</span> <span m='52682'>teaching and bachelor</span> <span m='53179'>of</span> <span m='53676'>arts</span> <span m='54173'>in</span> <span m='54670'>English.</span> <span m='55664'>And</span> <span m='56161'>so</span> <span m='56658'>I've always</span> <span m='57155'>been</span> <span m='57652'>interested</span> <span m='58149'>in</span> <span m='58646'>education.</span> <span m='59143'>It's</span> <span m='59710'>been</span> <span m='59840'>part of</span> <span m='60140'>my life for</span> <span m='60465'>most of</span> <span m='60790'>my life.</span> <span m='61788'>And</span> <span m='62287'>I</span> <span m='62786'>love</span> <span m='63285'>working</span> <span m='63784'>with</span> <span m='64283'>students.</span> </p><p><span m='65780'>And</span> <span m='66279'>that's what keeps</span> <span m='66778'>me</span> <span m='67277'>motivated.</span> <span m='67776'>It's tough,</span> <span m='68275'>especially</span> <span m='68774'>in the</span> <span m='69273'>current</span> <span m='69772'>economy,</span> <span m='70770'>seeing</span> <span m='71269'>a</span> <span m='71768'>lot of students</span> <span m='72267'>having</span> <span m='72766'>difficulty</span> <span m='73265'>getting classes</span> <span m='73764'>that they</span> <span m='74263'>want</span> <span m='74762'>and</span> <span m='75261'>also</span> <span m='75760'>graduating</span> <span m='76259'>in</span> <span m='76758'>time.</span> <span m='77756'>But</span> <span m='81249'>it's still</span> <span m='81748'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='82746'>And</span> <span m='83245'>what do I wish</span> <span m='84243'>as</span> <span m='84742'>far</span> <span m='85241'>as going--</span> <span m='85740'>I've</span> <span m='86239'>been in this</span> <span m='86738'>position since</span> <span m='87237'>2005.</span> <span m='89732'>And</span> <span m='90730'>it's</span> <span m='92227'>one</span> <span m='92726'>of those</span> <span m='93225'>things that</span> <span m='93724'>nobody</span> <span m='94223'>goes to school saying,</span> <span m='94722'>yay,</span> <span m='95221'>I want</span> <span m='95720'>to be</span> <span m='96219'>a</span> <span m='96718'>registrar,</span> <span m='97217'>or</span> <span m='97716'>that's</span> <span m='98215'>what I'm</span> <span m='98714'>going to be</span> <span m='99213'>when</span> <span m='99712'>I grow</span> <span m='100211'>up.</span> <span m='100710'>But</span> <span m='101209'>it's a chance to be--</span> <span m='101708'>if you're</span> <span m='102207'>in education</span> <span m='102706'>and</span> <span m='103205'>you find</span> <span m='103704'>a</span> <span m='104203'>niche</span> <span m='104702'>in</span> <span m='105201'>something that you're</span> <span m='105700'>interested</span> <span m='106199'>in,</span> <span m='106698'>you</span> <span m='107197'>end</span> <span m='107696'>up doing it</span> <span m='108195'>eventually</span> <span m='108694'>sometime.</span> <span m='109692'>Others teach</span> <span m='110191'>and</span> <span m='110690'>then</span> <span m='111189'>other</span> <span m='111688'>feel more</span> <span m='112187'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='112686'>getting into</span> <span m='113185'>administration.</span> <span m='113684'>And that's kind of</span> <span m='114183'>how I</span> <span m='114682'>ended up</span> <span m='115181'>where I'm</span> <span m='115680'>at.</span> </p><p><span m='118175'>But</span> <span m='118674'>if</span> <span m='119173'>they</span> <span m='119672'>want</span> <span m='120670'>to</span> <span m='121169'>get a</span> <span m='121668'>job</span> <span m='122167'>like yours,</span> <span m='122666'>I</span> <span m='123165'>think</span> <span m='123664'>having</span> <span m='124163'>good people</span> <span m='124662'>skills</span> <span m='125161'>like</span> <span m='125660'>soft</span> <span m='126159'>skills.</span> <span m='128654'>Getting</span> <span m='129153'>a BA in any</span> <span m='129652'>area,</span> <span m='131648'>there's no</span> <span m='132180'>specific</span> <span m='132605'>degree</span> <span m='133922'>to</span> <span m='134370'>being a</span> <span m='134860'>registrar.</span> <span m='136060'>But</span> <span m='137860'>a</span> <span m='138160'>lot</span> <span m='138460'>of</span> <span m='138760'>us</span> <span m='139060'>have</span> <span m='139660'>either</span> <span m='139960'>counseling</span> <span m='140860'>or</span> <span m='141160'>a</span> <span m='141460'>masters</span> <span m='141760'>in education</span> <span m='142060'>as</span> <span m='142360'>we</span> <span m='142660'>were</span> <span m='142960'>progressing</span> <span m='143260'>up.</span> <span m='143560'>And a</span> <span m='143860'>PhD</span> <span m='145360'>mainly</span> <span m='145660'>in</span> <span m='145960'>education.</span> </p><p><span m='146560'>So</span> <span m='149860'>I</span> <span m='150160'>think</span> <span m='150760'>that's</span> <span m='151060'>pretty</span> <span m='151360'>much</span> <span m='151660'>it.</span> <span m='153160'>When</span> <span m='153460'>I</span> <span m='153760'>started</span> <span m='154060'>my</span> <span m='154360'>career,</span> <span m='155260'>it</span> <span m='155860'>was</span> <span m='156760'>really</span> <span m='157060'>hard</span> <span m='157360'>to</span> <span m='157660'>work</span> <span m='157960'>with</span> <span m='160060'>managing</span> <span m='160360'>staff</span> <span m='161260'>in</span> <span m='161560'>a</span> <span m='161860'>union</span> <span m='162160'>environment.</span> <span m='164260'>A</span> <span m='164560'>lot</span> <span m='164860'>of</span> <span m='165160'>that</span> <span m='165460'>you</span> <span m='165760'>learn</span> <span m='166060'>when you get in</span> <span m='166360'>the job.</span> <span m='168760'>There's no courses</span> <span m='169060'>for</span> <span m='169360'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208209,"video_id":"2700976034001","name":"64334129","duration":171348,"thumbnail_url":null}});