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Learn about startups, digital forensics, and electronically stored information in this week’s Future Forward with Beth Downing ’01.

This set of Future Forward features focuses on women in leadership roles in a variety of science, technology, and healthcare organizations, discussing their industry’s current environment, their perspective on the future outlook for that career field, and action steps students can take now to position themselves for entry into those career fields.

Many of these featured guest speakers majored in STEM areas while others had a variety of majors yet have advanced within these career fields.

Beth Downing ‘01

This Future Forward segment features Beth Downing, CFO of Avansic, a start-up and leading provider of eDiscovery and digital forensics services to attorneys, litigation support teams, and the business community. She has held a number of different functional roles with Avansic, including operations, marketing, communications, and finance. Beth graduated from Middlebury in 2001 with a degree in Biology. Beth is joining us to share her perspectives on the growing aspects of digital information and Electronically Stored Information or ESI in our daily lives, including: a broad overview of the ESI landscape, the limitations and opportunities in the future driven my digital innovation and our use of data and information, and her career advice for students.

You can watch one of her three videos below and then check out all three of the videos at go/FutureForward.

Identifying Fraudulent Employment Opportunities

Unfortunately, not every job posting or offer is an opportunity. Scammers know that job opportunities are a powerful tool for gathering personal information, so you need to know how to distinguish legitimate job postings from scam attempts.  Below are some tips to follow and red flags to look out for.

Basic Tips

  • If a job sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
  • Don’t provide financial information or your Social Security number! Legitimate employers won’t ask for your bank account details or your SSN.
  • Do not send money! Legitimate employers will not ask you to wire money or pay for services.
  • When in doubt, look for the job posting on the employer’s official website.  Much like phishing emails, scam job postings often capitalize on well-known names and images. Do not follow links from the suspicious posting, which could take you to a cosmetically similar page, and check the employment page to be sure the opening is real. Calling the company in question (again, using publicly available contact information) is another good strategy.
  • If you experience anything unusual about a job posting in Handshake, please contact CCI as soon as possible and flag the posting in Handshake.

Red Flags

  • The same warning signs that signal fraudulent emails and websites: bad grammar and spelling, requests for personal information, and difficulty contacting or identifying the poster are all clear signs of trouble.
  • Request for an initial investment.
  • Request for bank account access.
  • Requests for payment or transferring money.
  • Offers to pay a large amount of money for little work.
  • Offers you a job without interviewing/interacting with you.
  • You are contacted by phone, and the number is not available.
  • Vague descriptions that focus on money rather than the job.
  • Email domain that doesn’t match the employer’s official domain.
  • Email domain of a free provider is used such as live.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, gmail.com etc. Legitimate organizations almost always have their own email systems.
  • Website that has information only on the job you’re applying for, rather than about the company in general.

What if I’m already involved in a scam?

  • End all communication and immediately contact the local police and Public Safety.
  • Get in touch with your bank or credit card company and dispute any fraudulent activity immediately.
  • If the scam happened online, file a report with the FTC’s cybercrime division.

Resources from Handshake

Best Practices for Job Searches

Protecting Your Personal Information

Handshake Privacy Policy

Handshake Terms of Service

More Resources

Middlebury College – Tips on spotting phishing

Federal Trade Commission – Avoiding and Reporting Scams

World Privacy Forum, Consumer Tips: Critical Tips For Job Seekers to Avoid Job Scams

Better Business Bureau, Scam Tracker

The FOURTH (of seven) drawings is on Friday, January 28. Make sure you are entered into the drawing by completing the resume approval process!

CCI is offering a $500 AIRLINE GIFT CARD just for completing the résumé approval process.

There will be 7 drawings, the first 6 will be for $20 in Middlebury Money and the final (cumulative) drawing will be for the $500 airline gift card.

All you have to do to enter is complete your Handshake profile and have your résumé reviewed and approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA) – (go/PCAs for their drop in hours to have your résumé reviewed.) The earlier you complete your profile and have an approved résumé, the more chances you will have to win!

The Center for Community Engagement presents a Winter Term Workshop: Social Justice with Community Partners

The Center for Community Engagement is hosting a series of 3 Winter Term Workshops focusing on Social Justice in Community Engagement, and they’d love to have you join them!

Their goal is to create a co-learning space to advance social justice and build community between Middlebury College faculty and staff, Middlebury students, and Addison County non-profit organizations and social service agencies.

If you are interested in joining one or more sessions, RSVP here!

Here are the sessions and dates:

Understanding Power and Privilege

January 14, 2-3:30 pm

On Zoom

Social Identity and Intersectionality

January 21, 2-3:30 pm

On Zoom

Ethical, Strengths-Based Community Engagement

January 28, 2-3:30pm

On Zoom

RSVP link: https://forms.gle/F6ws9oEuDCNp2Qup7

Hear from Microsoft’s Cyber Security Attorney, Mia Little ’07 in this week’s Future Forward segment.

This set of Future Forward features focuses on women in leadership roles in a variety of science, technology, and healthcare organizations, discussing their industry’s current environment, their perspective on the future outlook for that career field, and action steps students can take now to position themselves for entry into those career fields.

Many of these featured guest speakers majored in STEM areas while others had a variety of majors yet have advanced within these career fields.

Mia Little ‘07

This Future Forward segment features Mia Little who is a Cyber Security Attorney with Microsoft. Mia has had a variety of career roles as a data scientist, a national security legal fellow, a privacy and government surveillance fellow, and cyber security attorney in her years since graduating from Middlebury in 2007. She is joining us to share her perspectives on the cyber security field, including: the size, scope, and challenges confronting society in the cyber arena, what our cyber security future looks like, and action steps current students may want to consider to position themselves to enter this field in the future.

You can watch one of her three videos below and then check out all three of the videos at go/FutureForward.

The FIRST (of seven) drawings is on Monday, December 13. Make sure you are entered into the drawing by completing the resume approval process!

CCI is offering a $500 AIRLINE GIFT CARD just for completing the résumé approval process.

There will be 7 drawings, the first 6 will be for $20 in Middlebury Money and the final (cumulative) drawing will be for the $500 airline gift card.

All you have to do to enter is complete your Handshake profile and have your résumé reviewed and approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA) – (go/PCAs for their drop in hours to have your résumé reviewed.) The earlier you complete your profile and have an approved résumé, the more chances you will have to win!

Learn about the field of clinical genomics from Heidi Rehm ’93, Chief Genomics Officer for the Center for Genomics Medicine and Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

CCI has launched our fourth segment of Future Forward videos. This week we are featuring Heidi Rehm ’93, Chief Genomics Officer for the Center for Genomics Medicine and Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Heidi is also the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Sequencing Platform at the Broad Institute, and a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Heidi has over twenty-five years of experience in the genomics field from her PhD program in genetics at Harvard which she began directly from her Middlebury graduation to her present roles. She graduated from Middlebury in 1993 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Heidi is joining us to share her perspectives on the field of clinical genomics, including: a brief overview of the genomics field, some of the challenges and opportunities influencing the future of this field, and her career advice for students to position themselves to enter this field in the future.

Check out all three videos at go.middlebury.edu/futureforward or start with the first video below.