I’ve been officially accepted into Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the international honors fraternity for professional counselors:) I also followed up with my potential site supervisor and should (hopefully) have her half of the paperwork before I leave to go to my second residency:)
In preparation for conferences and professional/academic residencies, there some steps I like to take to help improve the odds of being able to network:
- update my digital portfolio which can be found HERE
- order more business cards – I use a site called MOO.COM (they are very professional looking and have tons of fun themes)
- review my wardrobe – (if there is anything I need to replace so as to have suitable outfits for a professional event…it’s better to know in enough time to go shopping)
- skim over post-residency course requirements – for instance after the residency for Capella, we will have to complete a separate Digital Portfolio…(it always better for these big projects to NOT be a surprise)
I can’t emphasize this enough. Whether working toward a degree, pursuing a competitive position, or managing a business…”following up” and taking personal responsibility is essential. It does not matter if it was the “school’s” fault that “you didn’t know” about a big course catalog requirement in enough time to complete it – especially if five minutes spent looking ahead in that catalog could have prevented the issue to begin with.