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Navigating Your Career: How to Prepare for Your Next Big Role. Illinois Association of Business Officials Annual Conference, Schaumburg May 15, 2013. Panel. Debra Parenti, Associate Superintendent, High School District 214 Susan Harkin, Chief Financial Officer, School District 300 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Navigating Your Career: How to Prepare for Your Next Big Role</p> <p>Navigating Your Career: How to Prepare for Your Next Big RoleIllinois Association of Business Officials Annual Conference, SchaumburgMay 15, 2013</p> <p>Debra Parenti, Associate Superintendent, High School District 214Susan Harkin, Chief Financial Officer, School District 300Julie Jilek, Director of Business Services and Facilities, Northwest Suburban Special Education OrganizationSusan Birkenmeir, Superintendent, Lemont-Bromberek School District 113aDr. Raymond Costa, Director of Business, Beach Park School District. 3PanelSurvey says: Attitude!Optimism (I know we can do better!) andConfidence (I know what to do to make it better!)Survey says: Value added!EducationMasters in Educational Administration, ORM.B.A.Plus more, if you have moreExperienceIn school district environmentsFrom other parts of the universeWhat Do I Bring to the Table?How do I manage my CAREER/jobThey wont put He never took a sick day on your tombstone, but we all know DEDICATION is important to the job.Family They should come first, but somehow they dont always make it there. Thats a problem.Education Gotta have it!Other activities/vacation(I dont need no stinkin vacation)</p> <p>How Can I Juggle My Life?NOBODY starts as a CSBO.CSBOs start as teachers, administrators, facilities professionals, accountants, university administrators, etc.First job in education is rarely as a CSBO.Choose the kind of district you wantHigh School, Elementary, UnitOne school, moderate size, largeFive county region or downstateCareer PhasesIf you are happy where you are, stay where you are.Smaller districts often hire from within, or hire people without much experience, so ther is opportunity. Larger or more affluent districts hire experience if they can afford it and find it.From there, you can become a superintendent or go to industry (or retire).How Do I Move UpWhat Transferrable Skills do I have?Each of the following is a whole suite of skills:AccountingPurchasingPayroll/PersonnelHuman ResourcesBuilding Maintenance/ConstructionFood ServicesTransportationTechnology</p> <p>ExperienceDecision MakingIts a deliberate processFuture planning, a.k.a budgeting, forecastingOptimizing resourcesOrganizationCan you take over an existing organization and make it your own?Can you maintain a smoothly running organization and not upset the apple cart?Can you start a new organization from scratch?Can you hire and fire well?</p> <p>Other Transferrable SkillsWrittenCan you write a report to the Board so they can understand it?Can you analyze, evaluate and present data?Can you communicate by memo, email &amp; text message?Oral/Public SpeakingAre you comfortable talking to the Board?How about the Press?Can you talk to the Community?</p> <p>CommunicationsKNOW YOUR COMMUNITY!Manage the present and predict the futureYou cant know just the schools. You must also know:The socio-economic spreadThe communities within your communityThe likes and prejudices that affect the schoolsChurches and religious organizationsThe business communityCity HallSports groupsAny people or groups that have an impact on the schoolsCommunity and PoliticsIASBO is all about networkingPeer 2 PeerNetwork with Service AssociatesAttorneysArchitectsBond CounselPoliticiansand most importantly, other school business junkiesNetworkingVeteran CSBO's can stay current by giving back to the professional communityJoin a Professional Development CommitteeGive seminarsTake an active role in running IASBOMentor new CSBOs and othersInterface with other professional groupsLobby politicians</p> <p>Give at the OfficePlan your career and your life, dont just let it happenPut yourself in the right place at the right timeDont leave this to chanceFollow up leadsNetwork, network, networkAnd when you finally retire, be a resource for others.The Sweet Spot</p>