Posts Tagged mission-driven work
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
Tags: advice, Career, career path, Doing Good Doing Well, how to, inspiration, mission-driven work, photos, quotes, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Doing Good Doing Well, Uncategorized
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
Tags: advice, Career, Career + Experience Hub, career path, Experience, how to, Internships, Jobs, mission-driven work, photos
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Uncategorized
Posted on March 28, 2013 with No Comments
“My work is loving the world.
How do we hold core life questions such as:
- What is our work in the world?
- How do we love?
We tend to focus on work as a way to pay the bills and value love in terms of who loves us.
May we turn our attention to a larger landscape: our work in the world as love in action.
What might you do today to express love and action? Here are few examples for inspiration:
Love Letters to Strangers
Honk If You Love Someone
One Million Acts of Kindness
Break the Chain
Messenger by Mary Oliver
May your day be filled with acts of loving the world in small and unanticipated ways.
Posted on November 29, 2012 with No Comments
It is common knowledge in today’s society that corporations worldwide face a fundamental struggle: the struggle to find a balance between profit and ethics. The question has always been- can a company be successful and ethical? This is an incredibly important question for the general public, but it is absolutely crucial for the college student and/or recent graduate who is searching for employment. Where do corporations’ ethics and socially responsible practices fit into the job search process? How much do ethics matter to today’s young workforce?
A tool has been created to gauge the social responsibility of a corporation called the Corporate Social Responsibility Index. This index takes into account three broad domains of social responsibility when ranking corporations:
1.) Citizenship- How does the corporation contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community which it is a part of? What about to the Global community?
2.) Governance- How is the business run? Is the company transparent with its stakeholders?
3.) Workplace- How are the employees treated? Are the wages fair? Does the corporation invest in their employees’ career development?
The idea that young adults today are becoming critical, socially responsible future employees is becoming a growing area of interest for researchers. In fact, the manager of the Careers and Employer Relations Office at the University of Sydney, Rosemary Sainty, has dedicated the majority of her work to helping college students choose ethical employers. She has created a resource to get college students thinking about ethics and their future. So start thinking! What will make the difference when you choose your future employer?
~Sam, Career Peer Advisor
Tags: advice, Career, career path, Experience, how to, job search, Jobs, mission-driven work, photos, search, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Uncategorized
Posted on September 12, 2012 with No Comments
Deanna Cameron ‘91
Ronald MacDonald House Charities – http://www.rmh-vermont.org/
Major: Social Work
What motivates you to go to work everyday?
I’ve always been someone who needs to really believe in the cause that I’m working for, so that personal connection to the cause is a huge motivation for me. My niece and nephew were born prematurely and Ronald McDonald House was there for my sister-in-law during the three weeks that the babies were in the hospital. I saw first-hand how the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities strengthens families at a very difficult time.
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
My typical day consists of the following:
- Our number one priority at Ronald McDonald House Charities is the comfort of our guests. So each day starts out with a house “check-in” in which we review our current guests, any new guests checking in, and address any guests needs.
- I also manage the nearly 200 active volunteers who cover eight shifts daily in our programs. A large part of my job is ensuring that each of these invaluable volunteers has a meaningful experience serving our organization. I set up month-long volunteer schedules for both the House and in the Ronald McDonald Family Room located at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
- The second half of my job is fundraising. Depending on the time of year, I may be planning our next fundraising event. I update the agency’s day-to-day communications and social media to keep our supporters up to date on what we’re doing. I also do community outreach to share our cause and needs. And from time to time, I even get to snuggle a beautiful baby who is staying with us.
Tell us about your path to this position.
I definitely could not have imagined where my degree in social work would take me when I graduated. Early in my career my work was oriented toward direct service, doing case management with a variety of populations such as emotionally disabled teen girls and homeless/marginally housed individuals. From these experiences, I moved onto doing some program development in the housing field, which sparked my interest in this type of work.
The mix of direct service work with clients and managing the operations of service programs has proven to be the perfect combination of challenges to suit my skill set. I have been able to expand on this even more in my last two positions where I’ve also become involved in fundraising–both working with donors and on events.
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Volunteerism is a great way to take your career in different directions as well as a means to network with a new circle of colleagues. In the non-profit world where every penny is accounted for, new projects are often started solely with volunteer efforts. As greater value and need is placed on these new projects, staffing can be added to the budget and those that volunteered may then be considered for the new paid position(s). I wouldn’t advise students to volunteer with the goal of acquiring a paid position, but as a way to enhance their talents and explore an interest that may not be fulfilled in other ways.
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Category: Career Exploration, Uncategorized, World of Work