Joe Hennen, Carleton College: Prospect Research Analyst
1. How long have you been an Apra-MN member and what was your first Apra experience?
Member of APRA-MN since July 2018, when I joined Carleton College as a Prospect Research Analyst. My first experience was attending the APRA International conference and new researcher symposium just a few weeks after starting in this role. It was a whirlwind of learning and networking, and I had a great experience diving right in to the world of prospect development.
2. What do you enjoy most about Apra-MN?
I enjoy having so many opportunities to learn from the diverse experiences of fellow researchers. It has been fascinating to discuss best practices with people who work in many different types of organizations and contexts, as well as to learn about how the work we do has evolved over the years.
3. What do you like most about your career?
I am a continuous learner and a researcher at heart, and so I feel fortunate to be in a role where I have the opportunity to investigate new topics, help answer important questions, and solve problems on a daily basis. I also love working in a field where I can feel confident that my efforts are supporting an important cause and an outstanding organization.
4. Best piece of advice you've received?
Always be willing to remain adaptable and open-minded to new work structures, research methods, and technologies. I would say that 2020 in particular showed me how important it is to focus on being adaptable and resilient.