I understand that working as a graduate coordinator is no easy task. Being a coordinator for years now, I’ve had to hear and help solve a lot of issues which grad school students have been dealing with.
If you’re a new graduate coordinator, then you’ve come to the right place! As someone who has been honed in the field, allow me to give you a few task descriptions and tips which may give you an idea on what the job is all about:
- Holding regular meetings regarding graduate management issues
Issues at hand are always present. As such, it is vital that a graduate coordinator holds meetings with the director to brainstorm on how to deal with concerns. This allows for efficiency within the department, preventing all sorts of hiccups in the future.
- Providing support for graduate management
As a graduate coordinator, expect to grant support for the administrators of the graduate program. By that, I mean keep yourself close to subordinates and make sure that you’re always up to date with the numerous matters being handled by the department and the school as a whole.
- Overseeing department level orientation for students
It is up to you to oversee trainees and their progress. But first of all, it’d be your responsibility to orient trainees in order to give them an overview on what the program entails, including the requirements to make it through, giving them the idea and the feel of what it’s like in grad school.
- Verifying student status
How exactly is the student doing? It is the work of a graduate coordinator to monitor and verify the status of grad students, wherever they may be.
- Performing duties assigned by the director
Subordination is a significant factor in being a graduate coordinator. But of course, you already knew that! You’d have to report directly to the program director, acting according to his or her requests. However, you also have to take initiative and not rely on the director all the time.
Are you ready for your first day as graduate coordinator? Then, good luck! I’m sure you’ll do fine.