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Charles River Associates Virtual Recruiting events this summer

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 Charles River Associates Connect Event Join one (or more!) of our virtual events this summer to connect with CRA. This series is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in consulting. Colleagues from our Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, and Washington, DC offices will offer a behind-the-scenes look into the types of consulting we do at CRA.   Along with a brief overview of CRA, at each event we will host a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the employee experience at CRA. This includes the work you would be involved in, how you can grow your career at CRA, and what it’s like to work in each of our major office locations. The events in the series are: 
 Boston: Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm ET  
London: Wednesday 15 July at 6:00 pm BST
Bay Area: Tuesday July 28 at 6:00 pm PT
New York: Thursday July 9 at 6:00 pm ET
Chicago: Tuesday July 14 at 6:00 pm CT
Washington, DC: Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 pm ET
 RSVP Click here to sign up. Once you have signed up you will receive an email inviting you to register for each event webinar that you plan to attend. 
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BlackRock 2021 Summer Analyst Program Opens

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Our alumni at BlackRock encourage well qualified applications to apply for BlackRock’s 2021 summer analyst positions. The deadline is September 30, but all are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please find a list of all available positions across all divisions on this site: https://blackrock.tal.net/vx/candidate/jobboard/vacancy/1/adv. If you click on the group name on this page, it opens a PDF with details on the group and opportunity.

At BlackRock, you can have the career you want – challenging, rewarding, and evolving. Whatever your interests, there is a place for you to go here – across businesses, backgrounds, and borders.

Important Notes and Application Instructions

  • Read about the variety of teams you can choose to be a part of at BlackRock. You will be able to select up to two teams you would like to be considered for as part of your application. Read more about our teams below.
  • Your graduation date will inform which program you are eligible to apply to, so make sure to check out the eligibility criteria before applying.
  • Once you’ve submitted your online application, you will be asked to complete a virtual cover letter. Think of this as an opportunity to give us your elevator pitch – it is not an interview but will be considered along with your resume. This must be completed within three days of submitting the written part of your application and for each team you apply for.
  • If you are interested in the software engineering opportunities, you’ll be asked to complete a coding challenge instead of a virtual cover letter. This must be completed within four days of submitting the first part of your application.
  • In the Americas only, if you choose to apply for our Summer Analyst Program, you will also have an option to apply for the BlackRock Founders Scholarship, which offers a $17,500 merit award and accelerated interview process and/or for the Fast-track to FinTech program, for women who are interested in technology opportunities. 

Available Opportunities

Conversation with John Maletis, Head of Product, Engineering, & UX – Chrome OS at Google

Graduation Year: 1999
Major: Economics

How did your time at Middlebury lead you to pursue a career in technology? How did you make the major transitions in your career? At Middlebury, I was an Economics major and Computer Science minor. While I enjoyed both disciplines, I found myself really enjoying my computer science classes, especially towards my junior and senior years.  I’d often start with the assigned problem sets, but end up building something completely different to tackle an opportunity that I was observing. Suppose it wasn’t great for my grades, but ultimately I think it was exactly what my professors would want out of their students… at least, that’s how I rationalized it!

In my junior year, I had an opportunity to intern with Accenture. It was a great place to start my career, since it allowed me to work on the most challenging technology problems for companies across several industries.  Ultimately, I decided that I didn’t want to write code all day every day and I wanted to build more business acumen, so I went to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  Aside from the benefit of getting back into the woods, it allowed me to narrow down exactly what I wanted to do with my career.

After graduating from Tuck, I joined Google where I’ve been for the past twelve years and I currently lead our Chrome Operating System (Chromebooks!).

What were your most memorable experiences at Middlebury? What did you like about Middlebury the most? First of all, I met my wife at Middlebury. That was a life event. She went to Middlebury as well and we graduated in the same year, so we’re padding the stats of Middlebury alumni marrying one another.  I also enjoyed playing basketball and baseball while at Middlebury.  My most memorable moments were probably the spring days on the baseball field.  But I also had a lot of really close friends who did not play any sports. That is what I liked most about Middlebury, that there were so many different types of people and I could float around and get to know people.

I also liked being in a rural setting. It took me away from big cities that are usually earmarked for a specific industry. At Middlebury I was able to take a step back and decide for myself what I wanted to pursue, without being distracted by the outside forces.

What qualities do you usually look for in prospective candidates to join your team, especially knowing that they come from a Liberal Arts background? I look for people who are highly collaborative — team players who know when to lead and when to follow. I also look for people who are problem solvers. At Google we are constantly faced with new problems that have never been solved before. Having creative problem-solving skills are essential to my team. I think folks with a liberal arts background constantly ask the root of the root of the root of a problem so that we can solve that issue, as opposed to the surface level problem.

Another thing I usually find in Middlebury students is an incredibly strong work ethic – people always willing to go that extra mile to deliver results for their team and their company.

What is your advice for Middlebury students seeking mentorship and networking opportunities? I would suggest that students start with their Middlebury network. There are so many Middlebury alumni in the technology industry who are eager to help Middlebury students who are just starting their careers. From a mentor’s perspective, it is very helpful for me to understand the challenges junior team members are going through. Mentorship is not a one-way street. Students should not be shy to reach out to mentors – generally speaking people want to help other people, especially if there’s that Middlebury connection.  And both mentors and mentees get value out of the experience together. 

This series is coordinated by Xiaoli Jin ’19. Look for more alumni profiles each week. You can connect with Xiaoli on LinkedIn.

If you are interested to interview alumni and contribute to this series, please contact Xiaoli Jin 2019′ on Midd2Midd.

In this time of social distancing, we are all looking for new ways to stay connected, and Midd2Midd is one of them! Midd2Midd connects Middlebury students, alumni, and parents, supporting mentoring, networking, and engagement within the Middlebury community around the world. Midd2Midd is your place to make things happen. Simply complete your profile, create a customized search, and begin to network!

Introduction to Consulting Series

Check out this workshop series offered by the UVA McIntire School of Commerce. Most management consulting firms incorporate some form of case interview into their interview process. Cases are often viewed by students as daunting and/or intimidating. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of what case interviewing is and how students can practice before the kick‐off of interview season, and run through interactive case interviews in real time.

First session is Tuesday, June 30 and three more follow throughout the summer.

To register and get more details, click here: https://consulting-series.mcintire.virginia.edu/

Pride + Work: #MonsterGrads Virtual Career Panel

When it comes to getting your first job out of school, finding the right fit should be just as important as finding employment.

For many, that means working for an organization that values an inclusive and diverse workplace culture. In this fantastic panel facilitated by our friends at Monster.com, we hear from LGBTQ+ professionals from some of the country’s leading companies, who discuss the importance of finding a company that values your identity as much as your work. Watch to learn how to network with fellow LGBTQ individuals, get tips on coming out at work, find a company with mental health resources in the workplace, and learn about the importance of finding a mentor.

We know there are unique challenges facing the class of 2020 in the job market, and we hope this webinar can provide the information you need to help you find a job that fits you. We encourage all students to view this excellent panel presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXqrKeX2scI

Featured Speakers:

  • Brianna Boles, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Adobe
  • Kay Martinez, Assoc. Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Jarvis Sam, Sr. Director, Talent Sourcing, Diversity Recruiting & Experience COE, Nike
  • Tom Bourdon, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Staples

Workshop Sponsor:

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Remote Internship Available Immediately

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Connor O’Brien ’83 and Adam Wisco ’20 have posted a great opportunity for this summer.

Beanstox is looking for entrepreneurial, versatile, problem-solving undergraduates (or recent grads) who are still searching for a remote summer 2020 internship opportunity. Interns will play a large role in the development of the company, working directly to assist with current projects.

Beanstox is an innovative fintech startup providing an automated internet-based investment advisory service to help people reach their financial goals. The Beanstox app automates the investment process for users, just create a goal, set an automatic deposit amount, and watch your wealth grow.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with one of a variety of teams, including:

  • General Marketing
  • Content/Strategy
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Analytics
  • Product Management
  • Investing Analytics
  • Campus Recruitment

Please check out “Beanstox” in the app store and www.beanstox.com for more info. In your application cover letter please provide us comments on the App and suggestions of how you can help during an internship.

Complete details are available on Handshake. Apply now, or before July 1st.

Conversation with Jeffrey Wieland ’05, Product Manager at Facebook

Jeffrey Wieland is currently a Product Manager at Facebook. Previously, he served over 11 years as the Head of Accessibility at Facebook. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2005, with a BA degree in American Civilization.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you give us an overview of your career path? Specifically, what motivated you to start the Accessibility Team at Facebook and how did your role at the company change through the years? I graduated Middlebury with a degree in American Civilization and followed the Pre-Med route on the side. However, I thought it would be helpful to gain some professional experience before making the big decision of what to do in the long-term. I serendipitously moved to California for a change and a good friend convinced me to apply to Facebook. This was when Facebook was still a small company looking to grow; there was still no such thing as a news feed.

I was initially hired into the small Customer Support team, what we now call User Operations. Over time, I found new opportunities to grow and learn. After a year on Customer Support, I helped Facebook start a User Research team in Design. I eventually worked there for three and a half years and researched why users were using our products and the challenges they faced. In this role, I gained an introduction to the concept of accessibility, which is building technologies for people with disabilities.

There were two primary motivators for starting the Accessibility team. The first stemmed from the belief that it aligned with the company’s mission of connecting everyone in the world. We wouldn’t be successful on that mission unless we invested in accessibility and ensured our technologies were accessible to everyone on the spectrum of abilities. The second motivator was more personal: this was a way for me to still engage with the medical and health field while also working at the intersection of design, technology, and user experience. Ten years later, the team has grown into a world-class multi-disciplinary team – it’s been an amazing career journey.

We would like to hear about projects you’ve been involved with. I was wondering if you could share some specific experiences and products. On a related note, if we want to see more products aimed at the public good, what considerations should we take into account? One of the major challenges for accessibility is scale. For vision loss or blindness, enabling access to visual media is really critical on the web today. So then the question becomes, how do you translate visual media into a format that would make sense to someone unable to see the content? How do you do that when you’re taking in millions of user generated photos? This challenge is not exclusive to Facebook, this goes for any product with visual media. But it was an important issue for Facebook since so much of what people are sharing is visual.

There are different ways to solve this. The traditional way is by encouraging people to provide a caption with their visual media. That’s a great start but it’s not the best solution for making sure lots of photos get captions. At best, you’d see about 1% of people filling out the captions. We needed a way to provide access to the other 99% of photos. We decided that a better solution was to use object recognition technology.

Of course, object recognition technologies have their own limitations. Computer-generated captions are generally more rudimentary than narratives provided by humans. However, back in 2016, we felt that Facebook’s technologies had gotten powerful enough to provide suitable descriptions, so we started to build prototypes to see what we could detect in visual media. Based on user research, we knew information about the people in photos was most important, so we focused a lot of attention there. In the end, our system, which we call Automatic Alt Text, had coverage for over 90% of photos and could often detect many of the critical objects appearing in each photo. We continue to refine the product year over year as our technologies get better.

 Why don’t we switch gears and talk about your new role in product management. Can you provide us with an overview of your new role and what motivated the transition? I’ve been working on accessibility for over a decade now. It’s been a fascinating and rewarding experience. Over the past two years, I started helping with projects in adjacent fields within the company, and I realized how much I enjoyed working on different projects with different people. As one example, I began working in the sphere of usability. Usability focuses on ensuring that products are as easy to use as possible, and accessibility is often seen as a sub-dimension of usability.

The main motivation to change positions was the opportunity to learn and face new challenges. In my fourteen years at Facebook, I will now have had four different roles – I’ve loved all of them. From beginning in customer support to now working in product management, all of those transitions have been driven by wanting to get outside my comfort zone and learn more, faster.

With the latest transition to product management, I still get to work on issues related to accessibility. I believe technology should and can be used for good. I hope to continue to make that good available to everyone.

Shifting gears into your Middlebury experience and post-grad, what were some of the most important skills you developed at Middlebury which were instrumental to your first years at Facebook? There are a lot of things Middlebury instilled in me which are relevant to my work today. One important lesson was to be curious and to ask lots of questions. Dive deep into the facts and investigate problems fully to understand first principles. In technology, I think that’s how you can best understand a problem before making up your mind on a solution to pursue.

Another important skill I picked up at Middlebury is to see things through different perspectives. I think this has been crucial for my work on accessibility. There we work on behalf of great diversity and we cannot presume to know all those experiences from our own lens. In our case, we spent a lot of time with people with disabilities in our research and product development work. This made sure that we were building with a group instead of for a group. I believe this general rule extends beyond the Accessibility team to everything people do in the sphere of products and technology.

Was there any class or professor at Middlebury who taught you these things? Oh, there were a ton. I recall a senior seminar in American Civilization with Professor Tim Spears in particular though. Tim was committed to getting diverse perspectives in the classroom and pushing the class to engage in discussion. This is an approach I take running my own meetings. I was grateful to get a chance to learn from him.  

I was hoping we could address the current pandemic. How has COVID affected your work and what have been the biggest changes? There are different challenges in adjusting to working from home. One of the major benefits of being in the office is the serendipity of being around other people: have a hallway chat, brainstorm together, or work through a disagreement face to face. Finding opportunities for that same serendipity through virtual means has definitely been a challenge. Also, collaboration is generally tougher when people are all working from home. Similar to other companies, we’re thinking of techniques and strategies to make remote collaboration more effective. There are great opportunities for innovation in collaboration through remote scenarios and I’m excited to see the fruits of that.

Specifically, what are some of the strategies you use at work to deal with the current remote conditions? One strategy is to make sure we’re scheduling more time for people to check in. This is because we know we aren’t going to get the same organic social interactions we would normally get in the office. So we want to allocate more time on the calendar and in meetings to talk about what’s going on personally, not just professionally. Since we don’t have other outlets to get together and hangout after work, we’re actively making space for social connections online. These are important for team health, comradery, and collaboration.

Another strategy is to be proactive with communication. When everyone is dispersed and working from home, we have to spend more time intentionally pushing out information and broadcasting, something we often take for granted while being in the office. This broadcasting needs to reach all directions, from peer-to-peer to leadership upwards. All of these strategies are intended to build best practices to adapt to our current climate.

This article was written by Arturo Simental 20’ and edited by Xiaoli Jin 19’.

This series is coordinated by Xiaoli Jin ’19. Look for more alumni profiles each week. You can connect with Xiaoli on LinkedIn.

If you are interested to interview alumni and contribute to this series, please contact Xiaoli Jin 2019′ on Midd2Midd.

In this time of social distancing, we are all looking for new ways to stay connected, and Midd2Midd is one of them! Midd2Midd connects Middlebury students, alumni, and parents, supporting mentoring, networking, and engagement within the Middlebury community around the world. Midd2Midd is your place to make things happen. Simply complete your profile, create a customized search, and begin to network!