I’ve implemented skills from my CWD classes already, and even as a new employee, I feel I’ve already improved in my job.
A Look Inside CWD: Nada’s Story
Using the driving force of the Center for Workforce Development, newer employee, Nada El-Newahy, is highly effective in her role. Graduate students lead complicated lives, often combining their studies with full-time jobs and families. Nada eases some of the complexity by ensuring students meet degree requirements, establishing work/school/life balance, and excelling in the day-to-day life of graduate studies.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the chaotic lives of those they serve, academic advisors also need to make sure they are delivering what students need more so than what they want (or think they want.) Rather than just trying to manage the chaos, building skills, and strategies to manage this demanding constituency is critical. Through self-assessment tools and programs, CWD provides resources that help employees focus on areas of strength, as well as areas for improvement, and put those strengths into practice in the workplace. For Nada, in her first year at Harvard, CWD has been invaluable. “I’ve implemented learnings from my CWD classes already, and even as a new employee, I feel I’ve already improved in my job. I now better evaluate my work to ensure I am contributing where I can have the most impact and my skillset can bring the most value.”