Posts Tagged Networking
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!
Tags: advice, alumni, Career, career connection, career path, Experience, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, social media, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on April 25, 2013 with No Comments
Ali Peterson ‘07
Corporate Giving Manager
Shakespeare Theatre Company – www.shakespearetheatre.org
Major: Zoology/Political Science
Graduate Program: Masters of Business Administration, The George Washington University
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
A typical day is hard to come by in my line of work, we are constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve and be innovative in our approach to our work. On the most basic level I am a fundraiser. I work to research, develop and nurture relationships between our theatre company and corporations interested in partnering with us. My work requires me to keep a close eye on business press, stay on top of the needs of our partners and manage their benefits. I also help to plan major events and strategically advance our relationships with members of Congress.
What motivates you to go to work everyday?
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is a Tony award winning professional theatre company producing and presenting world-class performances of classical shows. The quality of the artistic work inspires me but I am more motivated by the way in which we are able to reach audiences. We go into every DC public school and teach kids how to embrace classical texts. We bring students into our theatre to interact with performers, designers and directors. We offer free performances every summer to people of all income levels and abilities. We do theatre for everyone, to challenge our audiences’ minds and lift their spirits.
What three words would describe your work environment?
Collaborative. Creative. Fun.
Tell us about your path to this position.
I absolutely did not expect to have this job when I was an undergrad at UVM. After graduation I moved to DC to seek a job in Senator Patrick Leahy’s office. I secured a position as a scheduler in his personal office and did that for two years. I then worked on energy policy for over a year and finally, worked as a press secretary for nearly two years. All told, I spent five and a half years with the Senator and learned a great deal about what I want and don’t want for my career. I learned that I want to work at the intersection of arts and business and I found a way to do that by returning to school and working part-time at the Shakespeare Theatre Company on the side of my work in the Senate.
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Great fundraisers are needed by organizations of all shapes and sizes, if you have an interest in fundraising work I suggest you read everything you can on current trends and practices, take informational interviews with people working in the field, and know the specific demands of the industry you are most interested in. Also, if possible gather some information or develop an understanding of the financial position of the company you are interested in working for.
Tags: advice, alumni, alumni profile, Career, career connection, career path, Experience, Jobs, Networking, photos, tips, Washington DC, World of Work
Category: Career Exploration, Networking, Uncategorized, World of Work
Posted on March 28, 2013 with No Comments
“Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.”
As a senior at UVM, I had finally approached the time where I had to start researching and applying for jobs. I had held various internships and other working positions, but now I had to start seriously thinking about entering the real world. For the past 3 years, I received various emails and flyers about UVM’s Boston and New York Networking Events which were held over Winter Break. I had secretly avoided them in the past due to anxiety, and stress of networking with complete strangers. To prepare for this event, last semester I attended a workshop on networking, and gained more confidence in this skill. Once the event date arrived, I drove into Boston to start networking.
UVM alum, and CEO of British Beer Company, Mike Fallman, was the keynote speaker. He provided students and alumni with his version of “the most important interview tips,” where he stressed the significance of networking. Both events paralleled the idea of speed dating. Students rotated between tables and conversed on various topics with alums. With a set amount of time and alternating among tables, networking was far less stressful than anticipated. Discussions were relaxed yet helpful, and alum talked about their career path, networking, and provided us with interviewing and job searching tips.
After the speed networking portion, we were able to individually meet alums who work in industries of our personal interest. The small room was completely packed with alumni and students networking, and exchanging contact information. Overall, the Boston Networking Event was a huge success. It was great to meet the keynote speaker, and hear from other UVM alums about their experience. This year more than 280 UVM alumni and current students gathered in Boston and New York to network, with more to come in Vermont and Washington D.C. I would highly recommend attending one of these Networking Events. I’ve certainly learned that it’s never too late to start networking.
~Tashia, Career Peer Advisor
Tags: advice, boston, Career, events, Experience, how to, Networking, new york, photos, quotes, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Uncategorized
Posted on February 4, 2013 with No Comments
Some say that 70% of jobs are never advertised. 70%!
That means that if you are spending all your “job search” time on Craigslist and Monster then you are missing out!
How do you find these “hidden” jobs? There is lots of great advice out there about finding jobs that aren’t advertised.
It mostly boils down to this:
- Network! People hire people. Start getting to know some people today.
- Research Companies and Career Fields. Start making a short list of organizations that you would like to work for. Get to know some people who work there! (Look on Linked in to see if any UVM Alumni work at your target company.)
- Intern, Volunteer, or Work (P/T, Full Time or Temporary). Get your foot in the door. Companies like to hire internally. (Bonus: You get to know people.)
Of course it doesn’t hurt to use some on-line resources like Catamount Job Link to Find Full Time Employment.
The most important element of your job search is to keep looking! You never know where you will find “the one,” that first great opportunity after college. Maybe it will happen at the upcoming Spring Job Fair!
Still not sure what kind of job exactly you are looking for? Check out our earlier post: Savvy Seniors: Explore Options
Ready to start looking? Join us for this special Seniors Workshop:
Savvy Seniors Workshop: Identify Opportunities
Wednesday, February 6th, 4:15pm L&L E-166
Tags: advice, Career, career path, events, Experience, how to, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, search, social media, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized, social media
Posted on January 28, 2013 with No Comments
Intern: Sam Patterson
Class Year: 2013
Major: Public Communication
Internship Title: Account Management Intern
Describe the company and your internship responsibilities:
Draftfcb is a global advertising agency. They offer positions in every aspect of advertising/marketing from account management to creative direction. I interned on the account management side. My primary responsibilities included tracking all advertising materials of competitors for the Valspar paint company, managing day-to-day integrated campaign materials including banners, print, website, and social media, as well as managing content uploaded to their YouTube page.
What did you like best about this internship? What was most challenging?
The most enjoyable part of the internship was being able to work on projects that made a real impact on day-to-day operations. For example, I was put in charge of creating an integration between Facebook and Pinterest so the two platforms could operate more consistently and efficiently.
The most challenging aspect of the internship was being able to work on projects with little direction or oversight. My superiors were often busy working on projects of their own and I would have to use my own discretion to complete the assignments.
What impact did this internship have on your career direction?
This internship ultimately led to a job as I will be returning to Draftfcb in Chicago full-time next fall. The 10 weeks I spent at DFCB this summer showed me so much about how the industry works and helped me realize that this type of career is something I want to continue with. The people I worked with, both full-time employees as well as other interns, were all extremely pleasant and helpful and I am excited to return to that type of workplace environment. Internships provide an extremely valuable experience of working in the real world and getting a taste of what professional life will be like after school.
What advice do you have for students as they apply for opportunities such as this one?
The best piece of advice I can offer to students is that you make an effort to reach out to everyone and anyone that may be able to help you. In my experience, this meant going to LinkedIn and reaching out to get in touch with people working in the field. I was able to meet and connect with someone who graduated from UVM and worked at Draftfcb. They were extremely helpful as I applied to Draftfcb.
Tags: advice, Career, career path, Catamount Job Link, Experience, how to, Internship of the Month, internship search, Internships, Jobs, Networking, photos, social media, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Catamount Job Link, Internships, Networking, Uncategorized, social media