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Posted on January 8, 2014 with No Comments
Spring semester of my senior year – stressed out and exhausted, I was bogged down with papers, exams, projects, presentations, work and extracurricular commitments. On top of that, I hadn’t yet secured a job for after graduation. Everything was still up in the air and the next several months were filled with uncertainty.
In April, UVM Career Center and the Tower Society collaborated to host a panel and networking event featuring female business leaders. They were asked to share their wisdom and stories on their career path and professional growth. The advice they gave was invaluable and I found myself taking notes.
After the panel, I approached one of the presenters, a Senior Vice President with Human Resources at State Street. I thanked her for her time and shared my desire to work in Human Resources. Meeting her led me to several interviews and two weeks after graduation, I got the call and was offered a job at State Street Corporation!
Now, as a contract Recruiting Coordinator, my days consist of scheduling interviews, sending out offer letters, posting internal and external job openings, facilitating background investigation, and conducting new hire paperwork appointments.
Who knew attending the Women in Leadership Panel would land me a job at State Street? I certainly did not.
To all seniors who are currently in their job search process – keep your head up and don’t get discouraged! Attend networking events and career fairs when you get the chance, connect with those who work in companies you are interested in, make the extra effort to get to know and understand their business – who knows? You might be talking to your future employer. It happened to me.
~Michelle Leung, Class of 2013
Recruiting Coordinator at State Street Bank
Want to learn more? Join us with special guest The Intervale Center for the next Savvy Seniors Workshop: Finding Hidden Jobs Tuesday, January 21, 12-1pm at the Hub!
Tags: advice, alumni, boston, Career, events, how to, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on December 13, 2013 with No Comments
Exciting news! The UVM Career Center is happy to announce the Anna Whitcomb Internship Scholarship, a competitive award that will provide financial assistance to several UVM students so that they may each be able to accept an unpaid internship opportunity.
Internships allow students to gain on-the-job experience and attain valuable skills that can launch them into a chosen career. It’s important for jobseekers to have internship experience under their belts so that they can stand out among the competition. The tricky part about all of this is that internships aren’t always available and accessible to everyone – students may struggle to take unpaid opportunities, or need to take on an additional part-time job to make ends meet. The Anna Whitcomb Internship Scholarship will begin to address these barriers and provide funds for several students to help bridge the financial gap.
The scholarship is open to all students, but preference will be given to those pursuing internships that promote the common good at mission-based or non-profit organizations.
Four scholarships will be awarded, and there will be two different application periods to accommodate the varying timelines in which employers select students for internships.
- The deadline for the first application period is February 15
- The deadline for the second application period is March 15
You do not need to have a confirmed internship to apply, and can list up to two organizations/companies where you have applied for an internship.
The application requirements and materials will be announced when spring classes begin. In the meantime, take advantage of downtime during the winter break to start looking for that internship! Ask around with friends, family, and faculty for leads, and consider attending a networking event with UVM alumni in New York City or Boston.
Check out these other resources for getting started:
UVM Career Center Internship Page
Catamount Job Link
8 Reasons to Pursue an Internship
The Career Center is still open during the break – if you have questions, send us an email or call us to set up a phone appointment!
Tags: Career, Catamount Job Link, Experience, internship search, Internships, Networking, photos
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Internships, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on December 5, 2013 with No Comments
Love it or hate it: Networking is an integral part of any job search, but it doesn’t have to be daunting.
You have likely heard some of the reasons why you should network. The relationships you build connect you to information, organizations, and people- all that may help you direct your next steps. Plus, networking is often the key to unlocking the hidden job market – those jobs and internships that are never publicly posted.
Even amongst all the reasons to network, it can be difficult to get started. Here are two easy steps you can take this winter break:
- Hold an informational interview. These are short 20-30 minute interviews that you set up to learn from other professionals about their career path, industry, or company. There is not necessarily a job or internship available rather these interviews provide starting points for building professional relationships.
Try to start with someone you know – a family friend, older sibling of a friend, or reach out to UVM alumnus in your area. Bring questions and an eagerness to learn.
- Attend a networking event. These events are set up specifically for building networks amongst professionals. Here you can have numerous conversations in one evening and develop those relationships outside of the event.
This winter break, UVM is hosting networking events in Boston (Jan. 6) and New York (Jan. 8). These events are designed to connect students and UVM alumni in those regions.
Read more about setting up informational interviews and preparing for networking events.
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Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Helpful Resources, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on November 21, 2013 with No Comments
‘So much to do and so little time to do it!” This could be the slogan for these times with endless deadlines, constant connection, and the relentless question: “so what are you going to do with your degree?”
Yes, there are many steps to take in your career action plan. Experience + career + experience + networking + experience… And yet, we also need a sense of our own value & values to guide us or else the steps are scattered and become merely check-offs on a to-do list.
To steer the course of your own life, pay attention to intention! A goal is something you want to achieve. An intention is the way you want to live your life. For example:
Goal: Get a job. Intention: Do meaningful work in the world. Intentions express what guides you through your daily actions in support of small and big goals.
Here are five ways to claim your direction:
- Clarify: What matters? People? Issues? Doing your best? Giving back? Paying forward?
- Focus: Keep your intention in mind as you move through each day.
- Activate; Take daily actions that demonstrate your commitment & intention.
- Share: Talk with others about what drives you to find others with which you can work.
- Acknowledge: Express your gratitude for people and interactions that support you, your intention and your career/life pathway.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
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Category: Career Exploration, Doing Good Doing Well, Uncategorized
Posted on October 31, 2013 with No Comments
Write a thank you note.
Why? A prompt and sincere note of thanks helps you stand out among the hundreds of other people the employer met at the fair. It demonstrates that you’re sincerely interested and motivated about their company, it demonstrates your writing skills and it can make you more memorable than any other candidate.
Here are 5 tips to making your thank you note successful:
1. Make it professional.
This isn’t a text message or a Facebook post with your friends, so don’t use slang or abbreviations. Address the email formally with “Dear Ms. Hoppenjans” instead of “Hi Jill!” Sign it with “Sincerely” instead of “TTYL.” Remember that this could be your future employer.
2. Make it grammatically perfect.
Re-read your note several times to make sure it is as perfect as a resume or cover letter. You want the employer to remember you and what you’ve said, not that you misspelled the company’s name!
3. Make it personal.
You don’t have to send a note to every person you met. Send notes to employers you are really interested in and/or want to stay connected to. Don’t send a mass email to many employers at once. Write an individualized email and try to incorporate the conversation you had with the employer, particularly if there is something about the conversation that might be memorable for the employer.
4. Make it meaningful.
At a minimum, you are thanking them for attending the fair and for speaking with you. If the employer gave you some next steps (i.e.: apply online, look at their website, talk with another colleague), give them an update on your progress. If you don’t have more to say, don’t add fluff or filler.
5. Make it easy for the employer.
Attach a copy of your resume so that the employer can be quickly reminded of who you are.
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Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized