Archive for Career Advice

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


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


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.

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:

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.

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the place to be if you’re a college woman interested in a career in public policy. PLEN is unique: Nowhere else can students learn how Washington, D.C. really works from a faculty comprised exclusively of women leaders who make and influence public policy every day. These women are members of Congress, major judicial figures, presidential advisors, senior government leaders, nonprofit advocates and corporate lobbyists.

Through PLEN, you’ll secure a summer internship directed at your specific interests during the weeks of May 21-July 27, 2012. PLEN helps you focus on what organizations will give you the best experience, help you develop a resume and land the spot you want, and coach you through the application process.

Once in Washington, you’ll meet at least weekly with PLEN and other PLEN interns to process your experience, expand your contacts by meeting with women leaders, and exchange information and impressions with other interns.

You’ll also participate in PLEN skill-building sessions to begin developing important career-related expertise in areas like networking, job interviewing, and salary negotiations.


Deadline December 31, 2011 (postmarked by this date)
Students interested in interning at a government agency should notify PLEN no later than October 14, 2011

View the 2011 Summer Schedule of speakers and events.

For those of you thinking about graduation and where you want to work, here’s an interesting index just released by Climate Counts 2011 of the top firms and how sustainable they are. The most climate-responsible companies are revealed with scores up 54% in 4 years. Check them out and think about the criteria as you research companies that you want to work for.

Join us for a Career Conversation with Amanda Maxwell ’02, Latin American Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

WHEN:  4:30 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2011

WHERE:  Adirondack House Library (EIA)

(this talk will precede the screening & discussion for Patagonia Rising w/Amanda Maxwell)

 NRDC works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. This includes issues ranging from Global Warming, Energy, Air, Transportation, Smart Growth, US Law & Policy and International issues.

Amanda W. Maxwell joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in July 2009, in the Washington, D.C. office. As the Director of Latin America Projects, Ms. Maxwell manages all of NRDC’s campaigns in Mexico, Central America and South America, where the organization works on environmental conservation, energy development, sustainable tourism, fresh water supply, deforestation and other issues.  Ms. Maxwell also leads projects promoting the development of sustainable energy and energy efficiency in the region as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

Come join faculty, staff and students for a workshop on Charting a Course to Successfully Implement Out-of-Classroom Projects

WHEN:  Monday, November 14 @ 7:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Axinn 103

Students: Are you considering, currently designing, or about to embark on an experience abroad—be it through service, research, internship, study abroad, or other means? If yes, you are encouraged to attend a one-hour workshop designed to help make the most of your experience—both for yourself and the community and/or organization(s) with which you will be working, connect to available resources and funding opportunities, and learn about corresponding College policies and protocol.

Please note:

  • Some funding sources will require attendance at this workshop.
  • If your travel is during Winter Term, or if your travel is during Spring Term but you will not be on-campus during Winter Term, or if you are currently designing a proposal, be sure to attend this Nov. 14th workshop.
  • The workshop will be repeated in January and March, as well.

Sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs (RCFIA), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the Center for Education in Action (EIA).


Now that we’re both back on campus, let’s get started in thinking about how you can translate your interests and passions  into a career with an impact! There are lots of opportunities while here at Middlebury to explore social change both inside and outside the classroom.  For instance, the newly formed Center for Education in Action (EIA) is a great place to start: you’ll find opportunities for civic engagement like volunteering in the community; attending or leading an alternative break trip (MALT); a vast number of competitive post-graduate fellowship resources and some undergraduate fellowships too; resources to obtain funding for an unpaid summer internship; internships offered by alumni, parents and employers looking for Middkids; advice on how to jump-start your job search and lots of employer information sessions throughout the year — just to name a few!

There are also lots of other initiatives on campus to explore and to connect your academic and outside the class experiences.  Check out MOJO to find a J-term internship off campus for credit and don’t forget to visit the Project on Creativity and Innovation to unharness your creative ideas and juices!

There is lots to share with you, so feel free to come into EIA and set up an appointment to talk to me about your passions, ideas and plans…we’re all ears here!  For now, I hope to get out interesting information that is relevant to CCG and finding opportunities that will help you to make a positive impact in the world.

Since we know some of you will refer back to this blog after graduation, we will start tagging articles that promote opportunities so that they fit into several categories: undergraduate opp(ortunities) or alumni opp(ortunities). Feel free to comment as well; we love the feedback!

As part of the 23rd Annual Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies titled: “Global Hunger 2011 and our Role as Global Citizens”, guest lecturer, Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, will hold a Career Conversation on global social justice issues on Thursday, February 24th at 7:30 PM at the Brainerd Commons House (132 Blinn Lane). All students welcome!

Some background on Ruth Messinger:

Ruth W. Messinger is the president and executive director Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking about studying abroad or pursuing international service work, research, internship, or other form of international immersion experience?

If yes, then broaden your thinking and enhance your preparation by attending the following workshop!

Meaningful International Research, Civic Engagement, and Internships: Charting a Course to Plan, Fund, and Implement Out-of-Classroom Projects

  • Wednesday, February 16, 4:30-6 p.m., Robert A. Jones House conference room

This workshop will address how to:

  • design effective projects
  • prepare for the practical aspects of overseas experiential learning: research, internships and volunteering
  • enhance cultural awareness
  • optimize effectiveness abroad
  • reflect on the experience and integrate it back home

For further information:  Peggy Burns (x3450, or Tiffany Sargent (x5082,  (ACE/EIA)

Sponsored by Center for Education in Action and Rohatyn Center for International Affairs

Student comments after a previous offering:

“I am a little disappointed that I did not do more abroad because I did not have this knowledge.”

Yes, you have an interest in food, but corporate dining and hotel chain eateries are not your focus: you want to make a difference in the world. Taylor Cocalis and Dorothy Neagle, Co-Founders of will talk about the variety of ways to work in food – from entry level to expert, day job to lifetime fulfillment – and how to go about securing a good food job.

Come join the Career Conversation:
WHEN: 4:15 PM, Wednesday, November 10, 2010
WHERE: Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard, Rm. 103
(Refreshments and snacks provided by MCOG & Weybridge House.)

They’ll answer the following questions, and more:
What exactly is a good food job, anyway?
What are some examples of existing good food jobs?
How do you find them?
How do you get them?
How do you grow in and beyond your good food job?

Co-sponsored by Career Services, the Middlebury College Organic Garden and Weybridge House.

Filed Under (Career Advice) by on October 11, 2010 and tagged

What’s so great about a liberal arts education? Every Midd Kid asks this question especially during their senior year when they see job posts that specifically seek out undergraduate students with a communications or business major. Well Midd Kid, let me answer your question.

WRITING SKILLS. Think about the 2 CW courses that we are required to take in order to graduate. Remember your FYS and how you had to write and rewrite essays during your first months at Midd? What about all those papers you have to write for class? Correct me if I’m wrong but, thinking back on my 24 classes (Chinese included), each class required some sort of writing, and each professor had their own specific writing preferences that Midd Kids had to cater to. Middlebury basically gives you 4 years to seriously hone those writing skills that businesses want!

Don’t believe me? Just ask Dalya F. Massachi from

Massachi wrote: Employers know that writing well will help you succeed in fundraising, marketing/outreach, advocacy, project management, administration, etc. No matter if you’re at the entry level or in senior management, strong writing skills are critical if you want to capture the interest and attention of your constituents and prospective donors. Virtually everyone working in the nonprofit sector has to do some writing at some point. And the better you can do that, the deeper and broader your impact will be. Your organization may produce great work or come up with outstanding ideas, but if you present those achievements or thoughts poorly they will not get very far.

Midd Kid, you are special. There are people out there who want you.

By: Green Career Central

One of the most uncomfortable parts of attending green networking events is knowing you’ll have to introduce yourself to relative strangers in a short period of time.
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Brought to you by: Green Collar Blog

Get the Green Job You Want Now is a program by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York that will take place on October 25 in New York City.  This event will feature a panel of executives who will share their experiences of successfully transitioning into green jobs and include opportunities to meet with green recruiters before and after the panel.

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By: Green Career Central

One of the challenges of finding a new job or a new career is looking at your existing skills and experience and connecting the dots to figure out which careers are a good fit for you.

I’ve been thinking about this process within a few scenarios. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed Under (Career Advice) by on May 10, 2010

As finals approach and as you finish your last classes, remember that the CSO is still here for you (even after you graduate!)

Drop in hours with counselors will continue this week from 2 to 5 PM. If you want to talk about how to approach your summer employer, or how to find a job when you are at home, stop by!

Happy hunting!

Class of 2013 and 2013.5,

Tonight (Monday) and Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, the Peer Career Advisors from the C.S.O. are hosting a workshop called Decision Points: A Road Map to Sophomore Year.

Current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (not staff of the College) will talk with you about

  • Chosing a Major and a Major advisor,
  • Identifing Career Interests and Skills,
  • Contacting Employers and
  • Using CSO Resources

It will be held both Monday and Tuesday from 7 – 8 PM in the Gifford Annex Classroom. The workshop will help you prepare for your sophomore year and use your summer wisely.

Please join our Facebook event Decision Points.

We look forward to seeing you there.