The Resident Assistant Role and Future Employability


The Resident Assistant Role and Future Employability



Carrie Arnold



Undergraduate students experience learning in a number of ways both in and outside of the classroom, but research has failed to explore the specific employability skills gained by resident assistants through their role and the impact that these skills have on future employment. In response, this project sought to address the following questions: (1) What are the transferrable skills gained from being a resident assistant that are used in the workplace, (2) How have these transferrable skills aided in the advancement of previous RA’s careers? The researcher conducted interviews with five former resident assistants who have been graduated for at least five years. Results demonstrate several common employability skills gained through the resident assistant experience as well as specific instances where these skills are used to both gain and sustain employment. This study has implications for helping resident assistants understand how to best leverage their experience in order to secure gainful employment in the future.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Graham F. Hunter

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

The Resident Assistant Role and Future Employability