The First Year on the Job: Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs
NASPA Journal Volume 44, Number 2, ISSN 1559-5455
Ten new student affairs professionals participated in this longitudinal study of their first year on the job. This qualitative study used online data collection. Participants submitted monthly responses to open-ended prompts inquiring about their experiences, challenges, and surprises. Over three time phases (Pre-Employment and Orientation, Transition, and Settled In), three themes emerged: the importance of relationships, institutional and professional fit, and issues of competence and confidence. Findings suggest several implications for practice, including preparing new professionals, being a new professional, and supervising new professionals. The authors suggest areas for future research. (Contains 1 figure.)
Renn, K.A. & Hodges, J.P. (2007). The First Year on the Job: Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs. NASPA Journal, 44(2), 367-391.