Posted on September 19, 2013 with No Comments
Maya Thomas ‘11
Civil Solutions, a division of ARH Engineering
Major: Environmental Science (RSENR)
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
I work with spatial data and create maps – lots of maps. Most of our clients are local governments (counties and municipalities) and we provide mapping services for them. For example, we take data from tax maps and convert it to digital data so clients can look at it on the fly on our web service or on their own GIS software.
What motivates you to go to work everyday?
I really love GIS! I love seeing the things I map everyday. I drive on the roads I add to my road maps, I pass by the buildings I digitize, and I learn about new municipalities in New Jersey every day.
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Work on as many GIS projects as you can in your coursework. Incorporate it into your research and internships. Connect with your faculty to find out about internships. From what I’ve seen, certification (different from certificates!) is important in this field. Whether a certification is from GISCI, Esri, ASPRS, or other organizations, start thinking about ways to prepare for those exams or applications. And, of course, network! Both my full-time jobs after college were gained from building connections.
Describe your best day at work.
My best day at work is when I have tons of different projects to do. Mapping out a survey site for colleagues here, creating road maps there, updating parcels over here, and maintaining the web mapping service over there. The day goes by quickly and I feel so accomplished by the end of the day!
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Category: Career Exploration, Networking, Staff, Uncategorized, World of Work
Posted on September 12, 2013 with No Comments
Welcome to your final year at UVM! Those who have gone before you have the wisdom of hindsight: knowing what they wish they had done differently.
Here are some mistakes that you can choose to avoid:
1) Waiting until March to think about what you want to do after graduation.
2) Not taking advantage of Winter Break for networking and informational interviews.
3) Not articulating your skills and strengths and just hoping that employers will magically see your potential.
4) Procrastinating on polishing your resume and sample cover letter until there’s a really good opportunity you want to apply for.
5) Not taking advantage of opportunities to continue to get career experience throughout your senior year, i.e. internships, campus leadership, volunteer etc.
Wondering how to avoid these mistakes and start your senior year off right?
Join us at Careers and Coffee, the kick-off event for a year-long career series especially for seniors! Because how you start your senior year will help determine how you finish it.
Careers and Coffee Thursday, Sept 19th, 3-6pm at the new Career + Experience Hub in the Davis Center Room 100!
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Category: Career Exploration, Cover Letter, Event, Job Searching, Uncategorized, resume
Posted on September 5, 2013 with No Comments
Have you ever encountered the issue of needing to have experience to get experience? New grads are sometimes surprised by job descriptions for entry-level positions that include a depth of experience and skills. Fortunately, UVM is committed to helping you prepare for life after college and a rewarding career.
This fall UVM is introducing a whole new concept in student services. At the Career + Experience Hub, it’s easy for you to learn about and pursue a wide range of opportunities, including:
- Study Abroad
The Career Center and campus partners are working together to share knowledge and resources to make it easy for you gain the skills you need and have the experiences you want.
Whatever your interests and passions are, come to the Hub to get started on finding an unforgettable experience, just right for you and your goals!
The Hub opens Monday, September 9, 2013!
Davis Center, room 100, down the hall from Brennan’s
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
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Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized
Posted on August 29, 2013 with No Comments
Wow, have we met some smart, curious and motivated students the last few days! Many students have told us they want good jobs or grad programs after graduation, but weren’t sure how to start. Well, here’s some good news. UVM has created a roadmap: the 4-Year Plan for Career Success.
These 4 documents, one for each year of a traditional baccalaureate degree, will give you concrete steps to help in your career and professional development. By working your Plan, you can:
- Understand and build on your aptitudes and abilities,
- Explore your career interests,
- Make connections and build enduring relationships,
- Get relevant experience,
- Develop career goals and skills, and
- Obtain a challenging and rewarding job or graduate or professional school admission.
Want to talk about it? Starting Sept 9, you can stop by the new Career + Experience Hub in the Davis Center, room 100, Mondays-Thursdays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Fridays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Watch next week’s blog for more information on the Hub!
Posted on May 9, 2013 with No Comments
As you prepare to graduate from UVM, you are probably awash with information and advice. This article from US News Money boils it down to what you really need to know: Tough Love Tips for College Seniors Entering the Job Market
Good news! Employers report they expect to hire 13% more new grads than last year!
Reality check: You are still most likely going to need to work hard to land that first professional position.
Overall message: Own your job search process. It’s yours. The resources are here to support you, but you have to manage your time, seek out support and take concrete steps to achieve your goals.
More good news! As a UVM graduate you are now part of a large community of UVM alumni who connect with and support each other. Be sure to create a profile on LinkedIn and join professional groups such as the University of Vermont Career Connection and the UVM Alumni Association. Start building your connections through networking and informational interviewing.
It’s never too late to start where you are. So take a deep breath, stay calm, and take that next step!
Looking for more advice and tips? Read past Savvy Seniors blog posts.
Best wishes class of 2013!
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