GetCounseling Project Manager
Why did you join Leadership Pipeline?
I joined Leadership Pipeline to learn and grow in my professional experience. I wanted to learn from seasoned financial aid professionals. I knew that if I wanted to grow my career, I needed to take this next step.
Did you learn anything from your Leadership Pipeline experience that you still apply in your career today?
Through Leadership Pipeline, I learned a lot about leadership. Through my conversations with my mentor and other mentees, I found the qualities of leadership I want to work under, including the qualities that I want to encompass as a leader myself. Today, I would consider this to be inclusive leadership. I believe in creating an inclusive environment that works as a team. A team that can come together with ideas and felt like they have been heard. This team should foster training on all levels from customer service and helping students, to understanding the rules and regulations of financial aid. One cannot be done without the other when working with students.
What has changed in your professional life since you participated in Leadership Pipeline?
Since I participated in the Leadership Pipeline class, I moved up to a counselor role at a 4-year public university and more recently made the transition to the private sector. I am now a Project Manager at Ocelot, a private tech company that supports higher education. I help keep the content of our short financial aid videos up to date and current with regulations while making them appealing to the student demographic. These videos are used to help educate students on financial aid processes, from applying for financial aid, to SAP, to repayment.
Would you recommend this program to other financial aid professionals? Why or why not?
I would recommend this program to anyone who is wanting to enhance their career. No matter what stage of your career you are in, there is something you can learn from one of the great mentors that you may be partnered with. I found working with my mentor beneficial in discussing current challenges and future goals for my career.
Submitted by Cassie Seamans, Association News member