How to Find Support in Classmates and Professors
In today’s workforce, collaboration has been described as essential for success in not only business, but personal life. According to Forbes, “It takes a collaboration of many people to make it a success…today the complexity of forces required for success include multi-disciplinary skills, competencies and experiences in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Regis University already has a culture established - utilize its variety of experience, knowledge and skills to reach your collaboration goals.
Graduate school, particularly the criminology master’s program at Regis University, is the best medium for collaboration. A majority of students are working professionals in a specific area of study, and professors are often retired and still remain deeply involved in their careers. In my experience, my classmates and professors provided outstanding options for collaboration on numerous projects inside and outside of the classroom. Networking becomes much easier when a culture of collaboration is already developed, and can be easily translated into greater opportunities. Exploring the collaborative behavior around you enhances potential opportunities, and allows for authentic relationships to develop.
In pursuit of a master’s level education at Regis, one should not only be interested in networking and the ability to build professional relationships with classmates, but also be eager to collaborate with professors and alumni on projects. For collaboration to be successful both sides must embrace it. At Regis, there is no problem finding participation in the students and staff. The common theme among students and staff is positive energy, and the desire to help others achieve their goals.
Some tips to make the most out of collaboration with fellow classmates and professors:
- Look for the unnoticed opportunities - internships, volunteer opportunities, alumni events, meet and greets, and networking events outside of your specific college of study. You never know where a potential partnership may develop.
- Play to the strengths of your teammates - everyone should make up a piece of the collaborative puzzle.
- Utilize your professors’ experiences and connections to build your network of contacts. In the public safety sector, a written and in-person recommendation make a tremendous impact when it comes down to job hunting.
- Lastly, learn from your classmates’ experiences of what to do and not to do in terms of career development.