Archive for Career Advice

Can moving forward quickly in your career leave you shaky on the basics of your field?  What can you do to fix this without moving down to a lower-level job?  Answers to these questions and more in an article posted on the Devex Partnerships & Career Forum.  Click here to read more!

StartingBloc offers transformative 5-day fellowship retreats.  The organization strives to “bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators struggling to create change” by providing “access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.”

This year, StartingBloc is offering need-based scholarships to the Boston ’14 Institute fellowship recipients.

Visit StartingBloc’s home page to find out more about the organization, apply to be a fellow in the Boston ’14 Institute, and finally, apply for a scholarship to fund your unique experience!  All deadlines are May 8th, so apply now!

 

Venture for America is an organization that helps talented enterprising college graduates get hands-on experience in business.  This summer, they are looking for…

  • a Communications Intern to help in designing a communications strategy for the 2014 VFA Training Camp
  • a Development Intern to support the Development team in managing fundraising

Both positions are from roughly June 1 to August 15, with flexible start and end dates.

Visit the Venture for America home page to learn more about the organization, or their Career Opportunities page for specifics on these two internships and instructions on how to apply!

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RFWPoster Join Real Food Week for an exciting line-up of great talent from our local food sector organized by EatReal. The weeklong symposium of events focused on sustainable food will discuss the realities of our current food system and propose future solutions all while investigating the complexities of food sourcing at Middlebury.

Don’t forget to check out Friday’s event with a panel of Midd alumni who have figured out how to insert themselves into the local food system sector.

What is our role in creating a more resilient, ecologically sound, and just food system? Visit go/rfw for more information.

Interested in the arts? Here’s something to get you thinking about how the arts can be applied to a career in the common good!

Stephanie M. Heydt is the curator of American art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.  Read this short New York Times interview to learn a little about how her job combines her love of art with a desire to work for the public good.

About StartingBloc:

“StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.

We bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators struggling to create change.  We connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

We do this through a transformative 5-day experience where Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies.  As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.”

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StartingBloc is looking for a Fellowship Director with a Bachelor’s degree and “experience in program support, project management, start-up businesses, or a related area” to help in managing the process of reviewing applications for these 5-day programs.  Check out the job description page for more information on the qualifications required and how to apply.

 

 

AmeriCorps VISTA is a service program that fights poverty in America.  This year the Vermont branch of AmeriCorps VISTA, through the volunteer organization SerVermont, has 27 new jobs open to graduating seniors.  Check out these documents for more information!

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Information

AmeriCorps VISTA Job Opening Descriptions

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We thought you might be interested in the Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s speaker this Friday at 12:30 pm in Axinn 229. Kristen Morrissey Thiede has been a Google employee for over twelve years, and is currently the Business Development Lead for Google Fiber. It would be great to have you there to engage Kristen in some discussion. Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested!

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What is my education worth?  How will I take it with me when I leave? Why did I come here?
What is this all for?

Come hear from Middlebury alum, Dan Murphy ‘11, Youth Programs & Outreach Associate in Community Engagement, about ways that you can translate mentorship as a meaning-making tool for the liberal arts.

WHEN: Monday, February 17th, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.

LOCATION:  Hillcrest 103 -The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Want to help the world and find fulfilling, gainful employment? Consider health care policy, a $2.7 trillion health care economy.

Come join Dave Sterrett ’99, Principal, Health Care Policy Group

WHEN: 4:30 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014

LOCATION:  Center for Careers & Internships, Adirondack House Library

BACKGROUND:

Dave Sterrett, Esq. is a principal at the Health Care Policy Group and a former health care counsel for Public Citizen.  Dave has worked on and off in federal and local politics for fifteen years.  In addition to lobbying and doing public relations in the health care arena, he reviews health policy books for the Washington Independent Review of Books. His work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Roll Call, and Inside Health Policy. Dave is a graduate of Middlebury College (’99) and Boston College Law School.

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In addition to Charlie MacCormack’s talk, he has generously shared with us his recently authored resource, A Guide to Global Development Opportunities at Middlebury College,  targeted to students who are thinking about careers in global development, to provide them with “an overview of all that Middlebury offers in this arena, as well as some pointers as to how to set your own course and put together the combination of activities that is right for you.”

Thank you, Charlie, for making the roadmap appear more accessible!

 

CCG_FFW Join the Center for Careers and Internships

for a Fall Family Weekend Event

Sushi & Social Change: Careers in the Common Good

Friday, October 11 from 4:00-5:00PM in Coltrane Lounge

A unique opportunity for students to meet professionals in sectors such as government, environment, faith-based organizations, law, medicine, and public health. Learn how they built their dream jobs, made lasting change, and sparked new ways to solve big global issues.

RSVP to Tracy Himmel Isham at thimmeli[at]middlebury.edu by Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

This article, Green Jobs for Recent Graduates: Make a Sustainable Impact, made an impact on me. I read it and couldn’t stop thinking that when you graduate from Middlebury College you feel armed to take on the world with all your newly acquired skills and competencies from 4-years of liberal arts inquiry and experiential learning.  Yet, what our graduates are finding is that in some sectors–especially those that are emerging–the idea of an entry-point is not so obvious. So what our graduates need to do is be both creative and assertive. They need to re-define what the entry-point could look like for employers by being persuasive enough and confident enough to take on projects.  They also need to be realistic about what skills are needed in these sectors; perhaps getting LEED certified would provide additional credentials in the green building sector or energy auditor training for the energy efficiency area. Why not approach a start-up firm or new energy efficiency company with the willingness to start lower on the totem-pole but exhibit the willingness to take on new training and rise through the ranks (sounds old fashion, right?).

Your liberal arts degree will not be put on a back-burner.  Instead you will be using your skills in a new context–whether it’s in a classroom or working on green building design–your ability to identify and tackle problems critically, your ability to get diverse groups of people to work together, or your ability to synthesize, analyze and execute will always be put to the test in a world that is constantly pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.

So if you want to explore some of these interesting green careers, check out the right-side resources on this CCG Blog under “Environment Jobs/Internship Resources” or check out our EIA Career Library. Of course, you should also feel free to drop by EIA Career Services to meet with a counselor to discuss your ideas.

Here is a great blog post from Cynthia Belliveau, Dean of University of Vermont Continuing Education and professor in UVM’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science, about her Dewey-ian approach to using food preparation and communal eating as a means to learn about our troubled food system, the environment, economics and society.

Tongs, Tomatoes and Teaching at the University.

 U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence

Linda Cheatham

Tuesday, November 13th

WORKSHOP:  How to Apply for Jobs and Internships at State

12:30 pm

Location TBA

Meeting Future Energy Needs:  Conflict and Cooperation

Olav Ljosne

Senior Manager, International Operations, Shell Oil

Thursday, November 15th  4:30 p.m.

Robert A. Jones ’59 House conference room

A Global Studies Colloquium lunchtime presentation

The US Government and Development: The Changing Roles of USAID

Eric Postel, LS Japanese, P’13

Assistant Administrator, USAID

Friday, Nov 16th 12:15 p.m.

Robert A. Jones ’59 House conference room

Conversation about Careers in Development immediately following the lecture

Palmer Panel: Careers in International Development

 Featuring Charlie MacCormack and Phil Oldham

Middlebury graduates with experience working overseas and with the management of INGOs

Monday, Nov 19th  8:00-9:00 p.m.

Palmer House

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EIA Drop-In Hours: Monday – Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 at ADK House

Jacqueline Novogratz, Chief Executive of the Acumen Fund, which invests in businesses aiding the world’s poor, says, “We think about our values in pairs, and there is a tension or a balance between them.” Novogratz talks about what answers to questions on a job interview become a ‘dead-end’ and how authenticity and fit are key to an effective job interview. More than anything, it’s important for students who are job seeking to understand themselves and be able to articulate their “story.”  How can you pull your resume together–even if it seems there are many unrelated experiences–to connect your skills and competencies by telling the story of ‘self’ which can effectively intersect with your interests and values.  Read more in the NYT’s Corner Office article: When Humility and Audacity go Hand in Hand

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When it comes to careers, young people are often advised to find their true calling. But for many, the sense of fulfillment grows only over time, as they become better at their jobs. What about you? Do you know what your passion is for now or are you willing to allow yourself the time to develop it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/jobs/follow-a-career-passion-let-it-follow-you.html?smid=pl-share

Katharine Wolf ’02
Friday, Sept 21 | 12:30pm
Axinn 219

You may ask: Should I start my social enterprise now while I am in school? Or should I build up my skills in the corporate world or some linear industry, so I can be more effective towards my goals down the line? We will explore some of these questions, as I share my own story of how I got into this field, as just one example of social entrepreneurship. I will share the practical considerations involved with starting a social enterprise, and give you a flavor of a day in the life of a social entrepreneur.  From organ transplant flights to microfinance in Vietnam, lets get practical about what it means to be a social entrepreneur. This will be some practical tips for navigating the social enterprise landscape.

Join the facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/381953948541549

Come join Dennis D. Parker ’77, P’13 for a unique Career Conversation today, Monday, March 19 at 5:00 PM in Carr Hall lounge to discuss public interest law, ACLU, racial justice work and applying to law school.

Mr. Parker is the Director of the ACLU National Office’s Racial Justice Program (RJP). Concentrating on issues of  the school-to-prison pipeline which funnels children of color from the educational system into the criminal justice system, racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation and felon enfranchisement and predatory lending, the RJP seeks to remove barriers to equal opportunity for communities of color through litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation.

Prior to joining the ACLU, he was the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of  the New York State Attorney. Mr. Parker also worked for fourteen years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund litigating and supervising the litigation of scores of cases involving elementary and secondary education, affirmative action in higher education and equal educational opportunity. Other positions included work at the employment firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Engelhardt and the New York Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn, New York. He has published a book and numerous chapters and articles on a range of civil rights issues including housing discrimination, educational equity, affirmative action and testing.

Mr. Parker lectures extensively on civil rights issues and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School.