Switching Careers – Higher Ed vs Corporate

posted 3 months ago in Career
Post # 2
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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. 

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