What roles have you had throughout your time at Berkeley?
Resident Director (July 2014- July 2017)
Coordinator for Residential Community Standards (July 2017-September 2018)
Assistant Director for Residential Life (September 2018-current)
Similar to your trajectory more people are currently advancing along varied directions that comprise a “lattice,” instead of strictly “up the corporate ladder.” What factors do you think helped you grow and switch positions successfully, not once but TWICE?
I think one of the most significant factors that helped me navigate my career moves was my network. I built my network at UC Berkeley through sitting on different committees (both within and outside of my position), a fellowship through Learning & Development and the Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) Mentorship Program. Those opportunities allowed me to connect with different folx across campus who have mentored and pushed me to think about different opportunities. They have also pushed me to think about and unpack the ways Imposter Syndrome stops me from reaching my full potential.
You made the jump from non-supervisor of full-time staff to becoming one. What would you recommend people do if they’ve never managed full-time staff but want to become a supervisor?
I would suggest taking lead on projects or committees that help you manage people. Managing people without being their supervisor helps you gain significant skills that will help you learn how to become a manager. Attend trainings offered across campus for supervisors (if they are open to non-supervisors). Also, do informational meetings with managers that you would like to learn from!
Any final words of wisdom to staff looking to grow their careers at UC Berkeley?
Be ready to make mistakes and give yourself grace. Ask questions and ask for help. You don’t have to do it alone. Also, utilize the courses/trainings available to us on campus!
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