Personalized Career Coaching Guides Master of Public Health Students Toward Success

Imagine having an advocate in your corner to help you polish up your resume, prepare for a job interview, refine an outstanding cover letter, connect to career mentors, and build an attention-getting LinkedIn profile as you advance along your career path. That’s exactly what currently enrolled students and Alumni of UVM’s Certificates of Graduate Study and Master of Public Health degree programs have available to them with Career Advisor Deborah Pullin, MPH, APRN.

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Public Health Career Advisor Deborah Pullin

Career Services Integrated into Master of Public Health Program

Master of Public Health degree students first meet Pullin during the orientation to the online masters’ program. As part of the virtual tour of UVM and the College of Medicine, Pullin helps students to think about the importance of building a professional portfolio right from the beginning. She meets with students one-on-one at the start of the course, throughout the program, and at the end of the program as part of their Applied Practice Experience (APE)  learning the unique paths that many students have taken when deciding to pursue a career in Public Health.

May 2018 MPH Graduate, Liz Scoles took advantage of all of the career services provided by the Public Health program, from resume and cover letter writing, to interview prep and even guidance on interview follow-up emails and calls. She credits the work that she was able to accomplish with career advising support as one of the reasons that she is in her new position at a health information exchange company.

“It doesn’t take long to get rusty,” said Scoles. “I had been out of work for four years after completing my Master of Public Health, and a lot had changed in that time. By tapping into career advising through UVM public health, I was able to translate my skills into quick takeaways that employers were looking for. It was incredibly helpful.”

Pullin not only keeps tabs on current MPH students and connects them with internships and fellowship resources, but also works with students as they start to navigate the change process from Alumni to career professional. She monitors and shares job opportunities in Public Health, as well as guides important conversations as to when might be the best time to make a career change.

Current MPH students and Alumni can work with Palow at any point in their career development, as well as join the UVM Graduate Public Health LinkedIn page to connect with fellow grads.

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