Posts Tagged inspiration
Posted on May 17, 2012 with No Comments
A job search is similar to any long-term goal you might work towards in life. It could be a big race, a lengthy-paper, major project…any of these require at least two qualities- stamina and motivation.
When you set your mind to participating in a 5K, marathon, triathlon or similar race it is generally advisable that you train over an extended period of time in manageable pieces. If you’re a new runner, you probably don’t want to start your first run pushing 3 miles. Never run longer distances? Your runs should build in length each time- 26.2 miles on day 1 of training is unrealistic.
Perhaps you’ve had a semester- or year-long assignment to complete for a class or towards a degree. Many times procrastination is not an option. Professors and advisors may require regular check-ins, certain components might have to happen before you can move forward on other parts, and most of us won’t put forth our best work on such a substantial undertaking within a small timeframe.
It’s easy to think a job search should be a quick process, but just like these other types of tasks it requires extended and dedicated amounts of time. To stay motivated, surround yourself with positive people and messages. To maintain your stamina, don’t bite off more than you can chew at once. One day can be spent polishing up your resume, another for searching for jobs, and yet another for interview preparation.
Need ideas for how to stay motivated? Here are 10 to get you started. Happy job searching!
Posted on April 26, 2012 with No Comments
On Friday, April 20th, 2012, Billy Parish spoke at UVM regarding his book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World.
His book covers six steps to take in order to “make good”:
Reflect, Adapt, Connect, Design, Launch and Organize
During his talk, Billy provided some ways to get started:
- Identify the change you want to make in the world. Now. Think big, think mission, think forward. Where do you really want to spend your energy “making good?”
- Choose a skill to master that will most impact this change. What skill do you want to master in order to bring about this change? Achieving mastery, according to Malcolm Gladwell, takes 10,000 hours of practice – so how do you want to spend your time?
- Gain mastery by one (or several) learning pathways: school, apprenticeship, on the job training & the do-it-yourself approach. What makes sense for you at this point?
- Identify 5 people to spend time with to move you in the direction you want to go. Parish commented that we are an average of the 15 people we spend time with. Who do you want to be with and who do you want to be? Choices begin with the people with whom you surround yourself.
Need ideas to get you started? Take a look at TedTalks: Under 30, Doing Good and Yes!’s People We Love.
Need encouragement? Start Close In. One step at a time, while looking forward. You are in good company!
Tags: advice, Career, career path, Doing Good Doing Well, how to, inspiration, mission-driven work, photos, socially responsible, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Doing Good Doing Well, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized
Posted on February 17, 2012 with No Comments
Jeremy Lin knows what it’s like to struggle in a job search. The 23 year-old point guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was drafted by and then let go from 2 other teams before landing a spot on the New York Knicks roster. Even then, as a fourth-string point guard on a team of big-name players, his chances of seeing any time on the court were doubtful. Then, it happened; and he’s been setting records ever since.
Lin’s story has insights to offer beyond how to connect that field goal in the final seconds of a tied game to take home the victory. His story is transferable to anyone pursuing a job or career path.
This article from Forbes highlights some of the key aspects of Lin’s driving forces that have brought him to where he is now:
1. Believe in yourself when no one else does.
2. Seize the opportunity when it comes up.
3. Your family will always be there for you, so be there for them.
4. Find the system that works for your style.
5. Don’t overlook talent that might exist around you today on your team.
6. People will love you for being an original, not trying to be someone else.
7. Stay humble.
8. When you make others around you look good, they will love you forever.
9. Never forget about the importance of luck or fate in life.
10. Work your butt off.
No matter where you are at in your own career journey, consider these tips as inspirations to push forward toward your dreams.
Posted on January 26, 2012 with No Comments
Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity
While to-do lists and deadlines are important to moving forward in our lives, clarifying our own intentions can move us in the direction we really want to go. The Circle of Courage, a strengths-based development philosophy, identified four crucial elements that may be useful guideposts as you navigate classes, activities, relationships and responsibilities:
Belonging: Relationships of Respect
Mastery: Competence and Achievement
Independence: Personal Responsibility / Inner Discipline
Generosity: Making Positive Contributions
Belonging is one guidepost we use at Career Services. Core elements of building a sense of belonging are: People, Place & Purpose.
How can this be helpful? Here are some questions to ask in your work/life exploration:
Who is doing work you believe in?
Who would you love to work with? Live near? Serve?
Where do you have or want to build connection?
In what type of environment do you flourish? Location? Organizational culture?
What do you love doing?
What skills to you want to use? What is needed that you have to offer?
These questions can offer a larger perspective than your major, GPA and resume. Reflect, explore and move in the direction that matters to you!
Tags: advice, Career, career path, Doing Good Doing Well, how to, inspiration, mission-driven work, photos, tips, work-life balance
Category: Career Exploration, Doing Good Doing Well, Uncategorized
Posted on January 19, 2012 with No Comments
Intern: Kyle Pestlin
Class Year: 2012
Employer: ECHO Lakeside Aquarium and Science Center
Internship Title: Animal Care Intern
LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kyle-pestlin/21/945/963
Briefly tell us about the organization you were with:
ECHO is an aquarium and science center located on the Burlington Waterfront. Their goal is to provide a fun and interactive environment for kids to learn about the local history, culture, and ecosystems. ECHO houses 70+ species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles and provides various internship opportunities including a variety of education/teaching internships.
How would you describe the various projects you did in for your organization someone who is unfamiliar with your field?
I worked in the Animal Care department which strictly deals with the animals. My job consisted of cleaning tanks, feeding, designing and building exhibit habitats, medicating animals, and learning about ECHO’s water system. All the techniques I’ve learned in animal care are transferable to other zoos and aquariums across the country to the standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
What did you like best about this internship? What was most challenging?
What I enjoyed most about this internship was to learn about all the different aspects of animal husbandry. Working at ECHO has really improved my ability to create animal specific habitats that I now apply to my lizard tanks at home.
The most challenging aspect of working at ECHO was to remember all the different diets for each of the animals. For example, some fish get fish food that we make, while some eat fish, some eat earth worms, others eat blood worms, and that’s just the fish. Frogs, reptiles, turtles, and crustaceans all have specific diets as well.
How did you gain credit for this internship?
I met with Mary Beth Barritt at Career Services. She informed me of a course she was teaching that provides credit for internships (EDSS 239). The work for the course consisted of reading inspiring and thought-provoking articles and then writing responses to these articles while including relevant internship experience. This course helped facilitate the learning process in my internship by requiring critical thinking on aspects of the internship that otherwise would have gone without acknowledgement or appreciation.
What impact did this internship have on your career direction?
This internship really opened my eyes to what I truly enjoy doing. Just knowing that I am improving the lives of these animals by giving them care and attention makes it all worth it. This internship has also confirmed the importance of knowing you are contributing and making a difference in society.
What advice do you have for students searching for internships?
When looking for an internship you have to stay persistent and look for a job in a field you are truly interested in.
Why should students do an internship?
I feel having an internship is really helpful no matter what. Even if you hate your internship you then know that you may be in the wrong field. You may learn you enjoy certain aspects of your internship more than others, and it may not even be what you had expected. This helps narrow your overall career path to the job that will ultimately be best for you.
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Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Internships, Uncategorized