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Administrative Assistant,-Academic Department

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant - Academic Department in Gambier, OH
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant - Academic Department in Gambier, OH

I worked at Kenyon College full-time (less than a year)

Recommends
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Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Caring, transparent, flexible, generous benefits package, including use of state of the art athletic facility, beautiful, quaint town, sense of community over-all great experience

Cons

low pay, not based on experience, but rather on an "everyone starts here" scale. honestly can't think of any more negatives off the top of my head.

Advice to Management

Find a way to compensate based on experience and quality of work, rather than an across the board method. It will give incentive for better work and provide more quality employees.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Top-notch students and colleagues plus a beautiful campus

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gambier, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gambier, OH

    I worked at Kenyon College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The size of the college makes it easier to get to know a fair number of students and colleagues well. The standards and expectations are high, and it keeps you at your best. The students are bright and heavily involved in campus organizations. The co-curricular life provides excellent opportunities for skill development in leadership, teamwork, creativity, planning, and even some marketing and financial elements. The small classes foster academic responsibility, intellectual development, strong research and writing skills, critical thinking and analysis. It encourages excellence in an environment of friendly competition. Summer science research programs provide opportunities for additional experience that many wouldn't otherwise have until a graduate-level program. There seems to be a general culture among students of 'wanting to make a positive difference' -- not just making money -- upon graduating (though many creatively achieve both in their careers). The alumni/ae of Kenyon have been wonderfully supportive of students with career exploration and networking, both through faculty and the career office.

    Cons

    Along with its wonderful location can come a sense of internal self-sufficiency and disconnectedness that some refer to as the "Kenyon Bubble". Of course, a liberal arts education isn't about training for a career; it's about 'education for life'. While that certainly has merit, it also leads many faculty to have little regard or support for exploring careers and pursuing internships (though there are, of course, a few exceptions). When students see the respected faculty giving careers such little attention, it often becomes a lower priority for the students as well. For those students who haven't been independently proactive with regard to careers, many find themselves graduating without a clear sense of direction and/or without adequate internship preparation.

    Advice to Management

    I think some faculty almost fear the consequences of career exploration at a liberal arts institution, while others may believe it has no place. Ultimately, I believe those concerns have diminishing value for the students and institution. With the fast pace of change in careers, specific career training will quickly become out-dated; a liberal arts education will have lasting value and provides the foundation for ongoing learning and adaptation to changing careers and work environments. Faculty can encourage students to make stronger connections between their academic development and later life (which, for most, includes careers), and this CAN be done during the undergraduate years. It's not about what majors connect to careers (very fluid in most cases), but it's how the academic rigor, the critical thinking, the analysis, the problem-solving, the research and writing skills (etc.) can be of value beyond the classroom. Faculty can -- and should, I believe -- support that exploration and those connections outside the classroom.

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    Former Employee - KAC Information Desk Attendant in Gambier, OH
    Former Employee - KAC Information Desk Attendant in Gambier, OH

    I worked at Kenyon College

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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you can do your homework while you work and you get walking around money

    Cons

    you dont get paid very much and it is hard to get multiple shifts because everyone wants the job

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