As a student, your schedule and studies can become overwhelming and most of the time it might feel as if are drowning. The academic advisor is there to support and ensure that you get the best out of your academic year as well as value for your money.

The academic advisor is the initiator, leader and conductor of the academic relationship between the student and the advisor. These are qualified and well-trained individuals with specialised expertise in their subject matter. An academic advisor knows NIA and knows the kind of academic attention each student requires.

The Academic Advisor has a proactive role which requires them to assist students to understand the curriculum. The student needs to clearly understand in a defined manner what their course will entail and what will be required of them in order to pass and also make a career out of their preferred course. Students also need to be aware of the consequences of not committing to the performance that is required of them at the end of each term.

Academic Advisors often times see specific traits in their students based on their experience and their ability to read which traits are more suitable for which career path.

For example, a student who has an interest in numbers may not be suitable for an accounting field because it deals mainly with money and transactions but may enjoy dealing with numbers in a much more challenging and complex manner, so a field in mathematics may be the right choice. Although the advisor doesn’t make the final decision for the student, they assist them to navigate towards the right choice by highlighting the student’s strengths.

Students often shy away from advisors because they may find talking to them a bit intimidating or they don’t want to be perceived as failures, but on the contrary, an academic advisor forms part of the support staff of the campus. These are individuals who have to serve the interest of their students thus allowing the students to excel in what they do.

An academic advisor should be a friend, someone you can talk to and bounce ideas off so that they point you in the right direction. Having someone you trust in a campus environment helps not only with your studies but also emotionally and psychologically. It can also boost your self-confidence knowing you have someone who can support you and make time to advise you specifically, thus meeting your academic needs.