There is no question that the global Coronavirus pandemic is creating major challenges for students seeking entry level jobs and internships. But there are actions you can take now and in the coming weeks to position yourself for success.
Join this event on Wednesday, May 13 from 12-1 pm.
In this 60-minute webinar, Lindsey Pollak, workplace expert and author of Getting From College to Career, and Chelsea C. Williams, talent development and retention strategist and founder & CEO of College Code, will share advice on finding existing opportunities, networking effectively, and enhancing your skill-set for success. There will be extensive time for Q&A!
This session is sponsored by Cappfinity, the global leader in strengths-based hiring, with a wealth of expertise in graduate hiring across multinational clients using online and virtual technologies. You can learn how to use your unique strengths to support your transition from school by taking a free Strengths Profile assessment, which will be shared upon registration.
About your hosts:
Lindsey Pollak– Lindsey is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading experts on Millennials and today’s multi-generational workplace. She is also the author of two career advice books for young professionals: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders and Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. She is a graduate of Yale University and is based in New York City.
Chelsea C. Williams – Chelsea is a talent strategist, corporate trainer, and professional speaker, is passionate about helping organizations bridge the gap for the future of work. She is a sought after speaker & facilitator at national conferences and leadership summits on early career talent development and diversity, equity, and inclusion at work. Chelsea obtained her BA in Economics from Spelman College.
REAL Strategies – a data-driven communications, technology and advocacy consulting firm – has an exciting opportunity for a paid, part-time (15-20 hrs./week) Client Services and Communications Intern for Summer 2020. This internship is ideal for recent college graduates or rising college seniors with relevant coursework/degrees in communications, political science, digital media, and information technology.
TargetSmart is a leading provider of political data and technology that enables campaigns and organizations to successfully communicate with large audiences, personalize outreach, and create lasting relationships. Our superior politically-focused, consultative approach combines consumer data, databases, data integration and consulting solutions for personalized multichannel marketing strategies. TargetSmart leverages over 25 years of experience in data management to deliver high-performance, reliable data products and solutions.
Caught amidst rapidly changing times, we find ourselves trying to make work, work for us! How do we adapt and rise in this situation? What can we do to re-invent ourselves in the workplace and be new-world ready? Join us for an interactive session on the new ways of working, learning and acing interviews in today’s virtually connected world – after all, when the ways of the world change, we need to be ready for transformation!”
This learning opportunity is provided by GenPact. Genpact is a global professional services firm that makes business transformation real. We drive digital-led innovation and digitally-enabled intelligent operations for our clients, guided by our experience running thousands of processes primarily for Global Fortune 500 companies.
Please mark your calendar for a virtual event specifically geared to YOU! On Wednesday, May 6th at 5:30 pmEST we’ll be hosting a panel with four alumni from the Classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009 who graduated into the Great Recession. Come hear their own stories and reflections about graduating in a time of great uncertainty. They will talk about their challenges and those of their classmates and provide some great advice on next steps for coping—and even thriving—in a world turned upside down.
Ryan Y. Kellett, Class of 2009.5, Senior Director of Audience, The Washington Post. Ryan is a senior editor and journalist in the newsroom of The Washington Post. He oversees several teams of creators and curators dedicated to growing readership and increasing digital subscriptions. Over his career, he’s helped the organization grow to reach over 90 million U.S. readers monthly with nearly two million digital subscribers. His previous roles at The Post have included community reporting on federal workers, overseeing digital coverage of presidential elections, and launching of The Post on social channels from Reddit to Snapchat. He’s on Twitter @rkellett for work and Instagram @ryankellett for fun.
Abby Blum, Class of 2008.5, Associate Director of Development, The Nature Conservancy. Abby Blum has served as an Associate Director of Development for The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter and New York Division since September 2019. Prior to this, she worked in Middlebury’s Office of Advancement for nearly seven years, most recently as a Senior Development Officer. Abby started her career working on political campaigns helping female candidates get elected to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This year, she started her term as Vice-Chair of the United Way of Addison County’s Board of Directors.
Hugo Lara, Class of 2007, Marketing Director, Spartan Capital Intelligence. Hugo Lara is the Marketing Director of Spartan Capital Intelligence, a Fintech startup focused on providing accessible financial advisor services for all. Hugo has 8+ years’ experience working in sustainability, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. He recently made a career pivot to Tech after completing his MBA (Class of 2020) from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Hugo is the President of the Middlebury LGBTQ+ Alumni group and lives in Raleigh, NC with his partner.
Sarah Shaikh, Class of 2007, Director of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking, TD Securities. Prior to this role, Sarah spent the past 10 years in various roles including leverage finance, corporate development and venture capital advisory. Sarah began her career in Financial Planning and Analysis at Time Warner in New York. Sarah holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a DipFS from Said School of Business at Oxford University.
Suzie Reider, Global Managing Director at Waze (a Google Company)
Graduation Year: 1987
Major: English Literatures
Thank you so much for your contributions to Middlebury’s Board of Trustees. We would love to know about your career path and your time at Middlebury. How did you explore your career after you graduated from Middlebury?I was an English literature major at Middlebury. In college, I was interested in creative writing and didn’t think much about what I wanted to do after college. I think it was very different in the 80s than today. I graduated in 1987 and that Fall was the “Black Monday” stock market crash.
“U.S. markets fell more than 20% in a single day”. I have a lot of empathy for college Seniors entering the workforce this Spring. It will work out.
My first job out of college was working for an advertising agency. My salary was $13,000/year and we dressed up for work in those days and I remember wearing all my mother’s clothes to work as my own work wardrobe was not in the budget. In addition to my day job at Cabot Advertising in Boston, I also created advertisements for a small market in my parent’s hometown. I was paid $100 per flyer and my brother illustrated. To produce these ads I needed access to a Mac for desktop publishing. In 1987 a Mac Plus cost about $2500 and that was way beyond what I could afford.
I came across a newspaper ad for a marketing coordinator at MacUser Magazine (owned by Ziff-Davis Publishing). I took the job at this magazine, which gave me access to a Mac and other equipment needed to publish ads for the small market. 14 years later, when I finally left Ziff for CNET, I was running the sales and marketing for a stable of video and computer gaming magazines.
The job market, the jobs themselves, and the skills are very different from when I was first starting working. I think the applicable advice I have is about being resourceful and intentional as a person but not so much about the actual jobs.
How did your time at Middlebury impact your career? In which areas has your Middlebury education built a foundation for your career? Even as an English literature major, I learned a lot about being analytical, seeing patterns and seeing outliers. I recall exams where we were asked to compare and contrast relationships between characters and the land or between siblings or the concept of ‘going home’ and you’d think about the dozen or books you had read and draw out examples from so many texts. At Middlebury I learned to write clearly and back up statements with facts and examples.
We didn’t have MiddCore or group projects or Freshman Seminars in the 80s but our professors did teach us how to communicate and to assimilate information from lots of sources. I made really good friends at Middlebury which is part of the foundation one builds that is a support system as one travels through life.
What are your suggestions to students currently preparing for job interviews? What particular qualities would you look for when interviewing candidates? I have worked at Google for 14 years and we look for very specific qualities in candidates. This article is a little dated but still applies. We look for leadership (even if not a leadership role), role related experience, general cognitive ability, and culture fit. I feel a generation gap these days as I do not hire junior or entry-level people and so I’m not as familiar with the common best practices for people coming right out of college. That said, handwritten thank-you notes, doing your homework prior to the interview, dressing professionally and so on are still good best practices.
How do you suggest students to network and expand their connections both in college and in their job & internship?Networking is a big word and can have not so great connotations. I like to think about it as an effort to build long-term relationships. Just be yourself and ask real questions. When students contact me, I am very direct and ask where they are looking for help. Be authentic, be as clear as you can be about what you are looking for guidance on. And you can ask “is there anything I can do for you?” – you never know.
One suggestion is to approach relationship mapping (another term for networking) in an organized way. Create a doc/spreadsheet and record who you talk to, date, where, what you talked about, any follow-up etc. You never know when you might want to revisit a conversation and it’ll be a good habit to form as you are just at the start of ‘tracking’ things. Good luck and be resourceful in these times. Don’t wait for the perfect job as one role can lead to another. Know that in the end it also comes down to luck and timing.
This series is coordinated by Xiaoli Jin ’19. Look for more alumni profiles each week. You can connect with Xiaoli on LinkedIn.
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!
While we are all currently “stuck” at home, wondering about the future, life will eventually get back to a new normal. And for current college students or recent graduates, there will be lots of exciting changes to navigate as this new generation enters the workforce. So now may be the perfect time for young adults to gain a better understanding of budgeting and financial planning for future goals! Wolf Group Capital Advisors has put together an interactive webinar designed for college students and recent graduates, to prepare them to launch into adulthood with a solid understanding of the joys and challenges of financial independence.
In this webinar, we will answer, in detail, key questions like: * How do I set a monthly budget and track spending? * How do I know how much money to be saving? * How do I build good credit? * How do I best take advantage of employer benefits? * How do I make realistic and smart housing decisions? * How do I allocate money to reach personal goals (vacations, grad school, or savings? * Why is it important to choose someone to keep me accountable?
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Webinar PresenterKevin Ostergaard, CFP®, ChFC® Kevin is an Associate Financial Planner at Wolf Group Capital Advisors specializing in holistic financial planning. He is dedicated to supporting and guiding his clients to achieve financial freedom through the development of a comprehensive financial plan and tailored investment management strategy. Kevin is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Chartered Financial Consultant®. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in economics and also holds an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University. Please Join Us