Posts Tagged mission-driven work
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.
Tags: advice, alumni, alumni profile, burlington, Career, career connection, career path, Doing Good Doing Well, Experience, how to, Jobs, mission-driven work, non-profit, photos, tips, World of Work
Category: Career Exploration, Uncategorized, World of Work
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 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