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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 October 6, 2011 with No Comments
Intern: Beryl Frishtick
Class Year: 2013
Internship Title: Editorial Intern (at the Atria and Emily Bestler Books imprints)
Company: Simon & Schuster
Briefly tell us about the organization you were with: Simon & Schuster is a world-renowned publishing company with offices in NYC, London, Australia, and India. I worked in the NYC headquarters near 30 Rock. S&S publishes all types of books, including adult fiction, memoir, celebrity authors, young adult novels, children’s books, and of course e-books.
How would you describe the various projects you did for your organization to someone who is unfamiliar with your field? I mainly worked on three types of projects. The first was to read manuscript submissions and either write rejection letters or pass them up the food chain to my supervisors if I really liked them. The second project was writing flap copy, which is the text you find on the back of a book that gives you a taste of the plot. The third was actually editing books, going through them line by line and looking for grammar mistakes and plot inaccuracies.
What did you like best about this internship? What was most challenging? The best part of my internship was definitely editing novels, because I had the chance to go through the manuscript on my own then sit down with Emily Bestler, the senior editor, and go through both our copies page by page.
The most challenging part about the internship was writing rejection letters, because when I first started I was hesitant and didn’t feel comfortable with that sort of power. But as I learned more and more about the publishing industry, I felt better able to craft rejection letters and I worked to include as much constructive criticism as possible.
How did you gain credit for this internship? I enrolled in Mary Beth Barritt’s EDSS course to receive one credit, since Simon & Schuster mandates that their interns receive credit in order to work there but I did not actually need the credit to graduate.
What impact did this internship have on your career direction? Because of my hands-on experience this summer with Simon & Schuster, I am definitely considering going into the publishing industry.
What advice do you have for students searching for internships? Try to find contacts at companies you wish to work for. Nine times out of ten that is how people find jobs, by knowing someone. It’s frustrating but it’s true.
Why should students do an internship? Interning, especially away from your home or college town, makes you a more responsible person. It’s great practice for future careers, and it’s also a lot of fun.
Tags: advice, Career, career path, Experience, how to, inspiration, Internship of the Month, internship search, Internships, majors, Networking, new york, photos, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Helpful Resources, Internships, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on April 15, 2011 with No Comments
(Jackie Madsen ‘85, second from left in blue)
Jackie Madsen ‘85
Vice President of Sales, L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics
5th Avenue, New York, NY
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
Each day is very different. While in the New York Office I spend days participating in meetings with all levels of our organization where we are developing how the L’Oreal Paris brand will be distributed in the US market to include pricing, promotion, displays and in store environment. On the other days I am traveling to the Headquarters of our Retail Partners, including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target meeting with their beauty teams to execute the plans we have discussed internally.
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
The beauty business is extremely exciting to be involved with. It is a very high-energy field that requires flexibility, adaptability and quick reaction time. From a sales standpoint, people successful in this field truly need to be extroverts who are comfortable in presenting and leading people. In addition sales has become extremely analytical in terms of the selling process, using available data is how the trade expects to be interacted with. People motivation and management are also key competencies.
What is your favorite part of your work? Most challenging part?
Favorite part is absolutely presenting in front of our retail partners. Also, being a female, I enjoy using the products. It’s very exciting to represent products that are so much part of my daily life! Because our business is so trend sensitive, change is difficult for some people to adapt to and ensuring people who work for me understand why the changes are necessary and how to manage them is always challenging.
Tell us about your best day at work.
Any day that I have been able to work through an issue with a major retailer that results in us having a successful launch of a new item, or an event in a major chain is a good day!
Did you expect to hold this job when you were a college student?
My path has been all over the L’Oreal Paris Company. From direct sales, to consumer promotions, to customer marketing to sales planning and back to direct sales. When I left college I had no idea what I wanted to do. In all honestly I didn’t think of sales as any particular interest for me but as I took my first job with L’Oreal (Territory Manager) I realized sales was a terrific option for me and met my desires to have days that varied, and opportunities to interact with people.
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Tags: advice, alumni, alumni profile, Career, career connection, career path, Experience, how to, new york, photos, World of Work
Category: Career Exploration, World of Work
Posted on December 2, 2010 with No Comments
Need more ideas on what to do after graduation? Thinking about an internship in a big city? Talk with UVM alumni who were once in your shoes – and found success.
Check out the UVM Networking Nights in New York and Boston over winter break!
Tips for Networking Success:
• Wear name tag on your right side so that it is easily seen when you are shaking hands.
• Ask open ended questions like, “Tell me about your…”
• Don’t monopolize time, but DO get permission to follow up by phone or email.
• Focus on quality of connections over quantity
• Write a comment or conversation piece on the back of each person’s business card to help you remember who you talked to and how you can follow up
• Thank your contacts: Send a thank you e-mail or note promptly. This shows professionalism, and helps them to remember you.
• Remember networking should be beneficial to all parties: If you can offer a resource or connection, do so, and don’t forget to follow through.
Looking for more advice, sample questions and emails, and a tracking sheet? Check out our website’s Networking pages.
Posted on November 29, 2010 with No Comments
Are you coming to one or both of our Alumni Networking Events over winter break?
Save the dates for UVM Networking Nights in New York (January 5th)and Boston (January 11th) over winter break!
Let’s talk about networking.
Networking involves being curious about someone, their work, their industry, or their company/organization. A savvy networker asks questions, and listens closely to other people. The point is, networking is a two-way street. You get connected, and you connect others. This involves careful listening, asking questions and a willingness to connect others as much as yourself to interesting people in different fields.
An example: You, wonderful student of career development that you are, decides to attend one of our fantastic alumni networking events over winter break (sponsored by Alumni Relations and your very own Career services Office). Let’s say you are interested in working in middle-level education. You meet someone at registration who is an environmental engineer. You’re curious about what this person’s work life is like, so maybe you ask a couple questions. After a couple minutes, you remember that your roommate, a civil engineering major, has some interest in learning more about environmental engineering and potentially also work opportunities in the summer. You politely ask if you can pass along the environmental engineer’s e-mail to your roommate, the person agrees. You have just “networked”. Additionally, you might also have met someone working in middle-level education, and agreed that it might be interesting for you both to have coffee in a week to discuss what’s new in the field and maybe for you to ask some more questions about this person’s experiences. That is also networking.
Though we talk frequently about how to network, we often don’t talk about how to stay in touch with your contacts, how to maintain those relationships. Maintaining your contacts is also key, as it is easy to fall out of touch with people who may have had a stronger presence in your life in your first year of college, or even in high school. An invitation by e-mail to get coffee or go for a walk might be a great way to reconnect to maintain these relationships.
Looking for more information about how to network? Check out our networking resource page, which includes sample networking correspondence and questions.