Post # 1
So after nearly 5 years in Higher Education, I decided to take a leap of faith with a corporate recruiting position paying $25k more than I make now. I’m curious to hear from:
1. Bees who work as in-house corporate recruiters and oversee the full cycle recruiting process. What is a typical day like? What do you enjoy most about the job? What is the most challenging? Any other advice to excel would be appreciated!
2. Bees who transitioned from Higher Education to Corporate. Why did you leave? Do you regret it?
I love working in Higher Education, but with an upcoming proposal in the near future, I’m not particularly open to moving out of state for advancement. Nor do I want to do a long distance relationship. Therefore, I think my growth is very limited if I don’t venture out of the field. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
What kind of higher ed role did you have – do you have previous recruitment experience? I have worked in higher ed on and off for the last 8 years but in between worked in agency recruitment and have now combined the two and am doing recruitment consulting in higher ed. I found corporate recruitment to be a lot busier and fast paced in general. Day to day i would shortlist applications (we’d receive 50+ per day), schedule interviews, interview (I’d do 3-4 a day) and then the afternoon I’d do either a block of reference checks (10 or so) or training sessions and onboarding for new employees. I also got 20 or so calls a day from candidates with enquiries.There was never a quiet moment which I did quite like, and especially if you have a strong team environment it can be really fun!
Post # 3
I transitioned from student affairs to instructional design, which I’ve done now in both non-profit and corporate environments. I get paid a lot more, there is more opportunity for advancement, and I have work/life balance, which is all great. The downside is that I don’t interact with a lot of people. I mostly sit at a computer all day, which is a pretty big change from seeing students all the time. However, I’m now a national volunteer for my sorority, so I still get to interact with students in a different capacity.
I know people who transitioned from higher ed to recruiting, and I think it’s a good fit. If you’re hiring entry level candidates, you still get to interact with a similar pool of people.
Post # 4
I debated making the switch, but have ultimately decided to stay in higher ed, most likely forever. The pay sucks compared to private sector, but the benefits can’t be beat…22 vacation days/12 sick days/20 school holiday days, great insurance and retirement, predictable hours, flexibility, etc. More private sector jobs are trying to mimic those benefits, so it may be a moot point for you, but that’s not the case where I live.
That being said, I do get green with envy when I see the amount I could be making elsewhere! I think the grass is always greener.
Post # 5
sunnybee88 : I’ve been in Higher Education for 4.5 years now. The first 4 years I worked as an admissions representative/recruiter, but it was not full cycle recruiting. I’m now working in Career Development and love it, but again, no room for advancement. The last person served 8 years in this one position before transitioning out. I enjoyed the social environment of recruiting, but the travel wore on me after a while. This new role doesn’t consist of much traveling, more in office work. It’s a Fortune 500 company, so I don’t think there will be a shortage of applications at all. I’m very much so looking forward to the high volume work environment. There are lots of times now, especially during down periods in Higher Education where my anxiety peaks when I don’t have much to do and sit around twiddling my thumbs trying to create work. I think the part I’m dreading the most with the switch is somewhat getting back to being on the phone a bit. I hated that the most with recruiting. I have read boards where people said agency recruitment does a lot more cold calling than in-house recruiting, so maybe it won’t be so bad.
Post # 6
Lavender28 : You make a good point with the people interaction. I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert, so the constant people interaction can get draining for me after a while. However, building relationships is one of those things that I’m just naturally good at and people easily take to me. I’ve really learned to use that side of me to my advantage when it comes to my career. I will be hiring for entry level positions, so you’re right, I think that’ll help make the transition a bit easier. When I left recruiting in Higher Education, I told myself “You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to recruiting”, but this company clearly showed me for the right price, I’d be willing. Glad to know you don’t regret it!
Post # 7
dianaj17 : I could’ve wrote that post myself. The benefits are definitely a huge reason I’ve stayed in Higher Education. I felt like they couldn’t be beat, but this company is one of the ones you mentioned are trying to mimic those, so they’re offering very similar benefits. I think the hardest benefit to give up is that I planned to enroll in the public service loan forgiveness program after I finished my grad program in August and before Trump decides to get rid of it. I now won’t be eligible for it anymore with the career switch, but I’m going to enjoy the extra money for the time being and tackle it as best I can. In any case, when I turned in my resignation to our VP, she said she wouldn’t hesitate to hire me again if I ever wanted to come back, so at least I know I have an open door if I decide Corporate isn’t a good fit for me.