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The CCI is excited to announce the launch of Handshake, a brand new platform for Middlebury College students. Handshake is replacing MOJO and offers more job and internship opportunities, a broader range of employers, and more fields. In Handshake you can:
- Find internship and employment opportunities based on your career interests and goals.
- Discover when employers come to campus for informational sessions and/or interviews.
- Connect with alumni and employers.
- Learn about events and programming in your field of interest.
- Schedule an advising appointment.
How do I access Handshake?
Visit middlebury.joinhandshake.com and login with your Middlebury ID and password. You already have an account – now you just need to activate it.
Note: for alumni who graduated on or before May 2016, click “sign up for an Account” on the bottom left.
What should I do first?
Completing your profile in Handshake is more important than ever! Because Handshake is customized for your preferences, an incomplete profile means an incomplete system. It means you won’t receive tailored recommendations for opportunities, events, or employers. The CCI has migrated some of your basic information (name, graduation year, major, etc.) but you want to make sure to complete your profile, including your career interests
What do I do if some of my profile information is incorrect?
Much of your information is brought over from the Registrar’s Office. Therefore, if anything is incorrect (i.e. major, graduation date, etc.), we recommend contacting them directly at email@example.com
Handshake is easy-to-use and even has a mobile app. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Technology Coordinator, Susan Sheets, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re about to start a summer internship and you want to make the most of it. Check out this great article that highlights 10 things you can do to make the most our of your experience:
- Create a Positive First (and Ongoing) Impression: The endgame here is to gain a professional reference, obtain a letter of recommendation or blurb on LinkedIn and have a quality resume entry. You earn these through punctuality and presenting a professional appearance each day.Be careful what you wear. Yes, it’s summer. But before you leave the house, remember that you are not going to the beach or sunbathing on the campus quad. If you are not certain about the dress code, ask your boss or someone in HR.Keep your workspace clean and organized, and don’t be seen texting or using technology for personal purposes while on the clock. Updating your Facebook status can wait until you get home. (Also see Tip #8)
- Deliver: You want to make sure that you complete any assignments, whether easy or complex, by the deadlines. “The dog ate my homework” (or its digital version) will not resonate here.
- Don’t be High Maintenance: You obviously want to do a good job. Try to take notes on what is expected of you from the outset. When questions arise while you are performing a task, don’t ask your supervisor questions every two minutes. To the extent possible, “bank” your questions and move on to the next part. Then, before the deadline, present your questions in batch mode in order to be able to complete the assignment correctly
News of your opportunity provides us with valuable insight on the wide range of opportunities available to Middlebury students. It is also helpful to inform students, faculty, and advisors and connect with employers in the future. Please click the link above and let us know of your plans!
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Founded by Oxbridge and Ivy League graduates, ARCH Education is an expert education institute based in Hong Kong with a mission to bridge the education gap through the delivery of transformational programs and by providing expert guidance on international education, to equip students for their future education and career goals. Enrichment programs, including critical reading, writing and thinking programs; schools preparation, signature programs, and academic tutoring. ARCH also established ARCH Community Outreach, a non-profit charity aimed at broadening Hong Kong youths exposure to international education experiences. ARCH offers excellent pay, incentive-bonus plans, vacation time and healthcare benefits.
The job: Associate/Instructor
Qualifications: No prior teaching experience is required. Excellent critical analysis skills required. Social Science and Humanities Majors preferred.
Location: Hong Kong
Deadline: December 20
Apply through MOJO!
Reclaim Childhood, a Jordanian non-profit that empowers girls and women through sport, is seeking interns for their summer operations. Each summer, Reclaim Childhood hosts a 4-week sports summer camp for Iraqi, Palestinian, and Syrian refugee girls. Interns will serve as camp counselors for 4-6 weeks. A limited number of 6-12 week internships will be offered where interns will have the opportunity to work on operations, fundraising, promotion and education, impact assessment, grant writing, and/or research in addition to being a counselor. This is a great opportunity for students looking to learn or work on Arabic skills and/or gain experience working for an international NGO.
Compensation: Internships are unpaid. Reclaim Childhood will provide housing, transportation to and from the airport and camp, and meals on-site.
Round 1: Submit by December 2nd, process completed by January 6th
Round 2: Submit by January 13th, process completed by February 17th
Round 3: Submit by February 24th, process completed by March 31st
Application requirements: resume, 4 500-word essays, names of 2 references.
Email Nadine for application materials and internship description.
Greetings. You will find many resources on these pages to help you gather the information needed to build your network to find internships and careers in and related to education. Please feel free to send us any feedback as you explore.
Mariana Candela ’17 made contact with Sarah Elkhayat ’09.5 of Practice Makes Perfect after Sarah’s visit to Middlebury in Spring 2016. Mariana landed a paid internship in New York at Practice Makes Perfect this summer and sent us this interesting article written by Lauren Reilly on what to consider when applying for teaching jobs.
Looking for a Teaching Job: The Importance of Shopping for the Right School
When we are younger, playing school with our stuffed animals or friends, we envision all schools to be the same. One teacher standing in front of the room with 20 seats for students who would be sitting up straightly and hanging on to every word. We imagine white boards with pretty pens and exciting lessons that would enchant every student. But as we go through college and realize that playing pretend can now become a reality, we must scrutinize the decision to become a teacher a bit more.
In the education realm we read about the teacher dropouts who don’t fulfill their two-year commitment to Teach for America or the teachers at charter schools who leave after only one year. We read about these organizations and schools and have a mix of emotions—confusion, disconcertion, surprise, maybe even sadness. You ask yourself, how could someone leave the profession so soon—some even halfway through the year?
As soon-to-be teachers, it’s important to remember that when you accept a teaching position it is as much about you picking them as them picking you. All schools are not the same and we do our students and ourselves a disservice if we don’t do some serious research prior to accepting a position at a school. When we’re in education, the stakes are higher than the traditional banking or consulting job. Kids’ lives are at stake. When a teacher leaves a school, whether it is at the end of the school year or worse—in the middle—kids ask themselves, was it me? Or who will I go to now?
While it can be tempting to accept the first job offer we receive, we should do our due diligence. Caring about education and our long term careers means considering the following before we accept a position:
- Ask about professional commitments.
Outside of teaching, what are you also responsible for? Ask about teacher-led activities, lesson planning expectations, team commitments, preps, lunch duties, etc. This will help you more clearly envision what your day-to-day will look like.
- Ask about adult culture.
How does professional development work at the school? How do principals or Deans interact with the teaching staff? Do teachers spend time together outside the work week? A school can be a very lonely place if you don’t have a “work bestie” or a group of colleagues who can be that support system.
- Speak to a current teacher or shadow a school day.
When you are on an interview or even a demo lesson, you aren’t seeing a typical school day. When we interview, we are so focused on making sure we use the right “buzz words” or don’t use fillers such as “um” or “like.” You aren’t in the mindset to be on the lookout for school culture, student behavior, adult interactions etc.
- Read about the school…and take it with a grain of salt.
Many candidates will say they have done their research by reading the school website or other online reviews. While these can give you a good insight on the school, it is not the whole story. It is important that you use a variety of sources before making up your mind.
- Make a pro and con list.
Every school you apply to will have things you love and things you might dislike. You may love the curriculum, but you will have two days of lunch duty each week. Or teachers receive their own Mac computer but they are also responsible to pick up a class or two if another teacher is absent. It is important to be self-aware and recognize what you like and dislike about the school. Normally when you make a list like this, as long as the pros outweigh the cons, you are good to go. With teaching however, this is not the case. Some cons should sway your decision no matter what. That con, whatever it may be, will be different for every teacher.
I write this article not to scare people away from the Teach for Americas, the Success Academies, or the traditional DOE schools. I write this in hopes that new teachers will make an informed decision as they select their first school. By encouraging new teachers to “know thy self” in their selection process, we will be building a generation of teachers who are resilient and steadfast in their commitment to support learning and the path to college and career readiness for all students.