University of Vermont

Especially for Faculty & Staff

Welcome and Overview

The innovative UVM Career Success Action Plan was developed to build a campus-wide culture of faculty, staff and alumni to prepare students for a “vibrant and engaging life after they leave UVM.”  The Career Center seeks and welcomes collaboration, consultation and engagement with faculty and advisors to support you as you work with students to help them build knowledge, explore options, gain experience and plan next steps!

Our Services: We assist students as they explore interests and develop career goals, gain experience through internships, volunteering or part-time employment, develop effective job search strategies, and connect with employers.

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  • Services include:
    • Individual Appointments and Drop In Hours
    • Workshops (Resume/Cover Letters, Interviewing, Internships Networking, The 4-Year Plan)
    • Networking Events in New York, Boston, DC and VT
    • Job Fairs
    • On-Campus Recruitment
    • Alumni Career Connections on LinkedIn
    • Catamount Job Link—jobs and Internships Data Base
    • Graduate School Information

Using the 4-Year Plan for Career Success with Your Students

The 4 Year Plan for Career Success is a key element of the new university-wide career initiative. This deceptively simple “ roadmap” is designed to help students develop and realize academic and career success, beginning in their first year at UVM. It’s a comprehensive tool you can use to engage students in high impact practices that support learning and integrate career development into your work with students in the classroom or in advising.

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Faculty members report using the plan with good results. Here are some examples:

  • Create a 4 Year Plan sample tailored to your school or major
  • Collaborate with the Career Center on career-related alumni panels or class presentations
  • Assign specific activities on the 4 Year Plan as part of course requirements
  • Ask students to bring their 4 Year Plan for Career Success to their advising session and set goals for the next semester

 Collaboration and Consultation

Career Center staff can come to your class or department to offer workshops  appropriate to your course objectives. Standard workshops can be adapted to various majors and we are happy to work with you to create workshops for your students. Please complete our Workshop Request Form at least three weeks in advance to allow time for us to consult with you, schedule and prepare for your group.

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Common Workshop Requests include:

  • Choosing a Major
  • Career Center Overview
  • Interviewing Tips
  • Creating a Strong Resume
  • Internships 101
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Steps to Effective Networking/LinkedIn
  • Career Exploration –  Identifying Your Interests, Skills and Values

In addition to workshops we happily work with faculty to put together a panel discussion to meet the needs of your students. Whether it is a panel of individuals working in a specific career field, or a panel of alumni from your academic department, we will work with you to create a program tailored to your students,

Finding Jobs and Internships: How to Use Catamount Job Link, our Internship and Job Database

What is Catamount Job Link? It's our online job and internship database where students and alumni can find  positions, both in and outside of Vermont. UVM Career Center enters hundreds of jobs monthly. Additional job and industry information can be found on our Job Resources by Category page.
How do students and alumni use Catamount Job Link? Register through the Catamount Job Link login page. If you would like a guest account, please email
What about part-time, summer jobs, and internships? We list these opportunities on Catamount Job Link. Students can find a variety of internships: service learning, academic, career exploration and Work-Study/internship possibilities.  See our Internships page for more information.
How can you spread the word on positions in your field?
As experts in your field, you are key resources.  As colleagues inform you of open positions, please forward them to us so we can inform the student body of potential opportunities.  We will put these jobs and internships directly into our database.  Additionally, if you would like to receive information on jobs that may be of interest to your students, please let us know. 

Writing Effective Recommendation Letters

Producing a strong letter of recommendation is not easy; it takes time, thought, and reflection to accurately show how a student’s prior accomplishments sets them apart and puts them on a path to be successful. The following information should help you get a sense for what is valued in a letter of recommendation, and how to make sure that your letter is effective. Read More

Last modified November 16 2015 09:47 AM