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Steps Seven, Eight and Nine to Develop Your Career During COVID-19 (For National Career Development Month).

STEP SEVEN: Find a mentor. Mentors can provide unique insight into your field of interest and give great advice from someone who has previously been in your shoes.

The seventh step is to find a mentor. You are lucky in that Middlebury College has a dedicated and active alumni network where alumni volunteer to mentor students.

Within Midd2Midd, MiddMentors is a one-on-one mentoring program with a mission to facilitate meaningful, productive mentoring relationships between alumni and Middlebury students.

MiddMentors matches alumni volunteers with students based on shared interests, affinities, life goals, and other criteria. Alumni share advice, insight, expertise, and support with students, who can join MiddMentors their sophomore year and can remain with the program through graduation. Participants drive the mentoring topics, which can range from navigating life at Middlebury to exploring careers and professional interests to pursuing a rewarding life path.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to mentoring. That’s why we encourage participants to take an approach that best leverages their expertise, availability, and goals. Along the way, we provide support through resources, recommended best practices, and advice.

STEP EIGHT: Practice for interviews. From planning what you will wear, to preparing responses to questions you will be asked—how you present yourself in your interview is within your control. Don’t try to wing it!

Interviews provide an opportunity to present your qualifications and experiences while relating them to the needs of an organization. An interview gives you a chance to confirm that the opportunity is a good fit for both you and the employer. Preparation and practice are keys to a successful interview.

Make sure you review professional dress guidelines, practice common interview questions, and study the types of interviews. You can learn all about interviews in our Interview Preparation Guide.

STEP NINE: Enjoy Podcasts, Career-related books, and more.

I know it seems like a lot to ask you to spend MORE time between classes and homework, papers and exams, but if you are feeling too busy, try to make a commitment to listen to a podcast that will help with your growth for five minutes a day. Small investments in yourself do add up, even if only 5 minutes per day.

Podcasts: Have some down time while walking around campus or out on a run? Check out The Muse’s 6 Career-Boosting Podcasts You’re Going to Love Listening To or Forbes’ Feeling Stuck In Your Career? Add These 15 Podcasts To Your List.

Books: Read The Muse’s 21 Books That’ll Get You Ahead at Work, According to Top Career Coaches, Forbes’ 5 Must-Read Books For Your Career In 2021, or The Balance Careers’ The 8 Best Career Books of 2021.

Win a $500 airline gift card by completing the CCI résumé approval process!

You read that correctly! CCI is offering a $500 AIRLINE GIFT CARD just for completing the résumé approval process.

The Center for Careers and Internships has brought back our annual résumé approval campaign that culminates in a drawing for a $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!

To be entered to win, login to Handshake and complete these steps:

  1. Complete your Handshake profile by:
    • Adding at least one Work Experience (volunteer experience counts!)
    • Adding at least one Extracurricular Activity (high school activities are OK!)
    • Adding at least one skill.
    • Completing all questions on the “Career Interests” page (click on YourName>Career Interests)
  2. Have your résumé reviewed and approved by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA)
  3. Upload your approved résumé to Handshake.
  4. Be automatically entered into 7 weekly drawings for Middlebury Money and a grand prize of ONE $500 airline gift card.

Drawings will be held on the following days: Monday 12/13; Fridays, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/18, 2/25, and 3/4. There will be six $20 Middlebury Money gift cards and the seventh drawing is for the Grand Prize of the $500 flight gift card.

Need help creating your first résumé? Check out go/résumé which includes the CCI Resume and Cover Letter Guide, a 7-minute How to Create Your First College Resume video, and Sample Resumes.

Our PCAs are available to review resumes and Handshake profiles during Quick Questions hours.  Visit go/PCAs for the QQ schedule and locations.

November is National Career Development Month

Do you know what professional development resources you can engage with this month (well…any time, but especially this month)?

Drop in with our Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) to plan what’s next!

You can schedule an appointment with one of our advisors online through Handshake, or drop in during our PCA Quick Questions (no appointment needed!)

Have you RSVP’d for the Create Your First College Résumé events on Sept 7 and 9th?

SAVE THE DATE: Come meet the CCI Advisors between 9:30 and 11:30 AM on:


Writing your first college résumé may seem daunting, but our advisors make the process easy! Learn how to turn the experience you gained through academic, extracurricular, community engagement, work, and other experience into a strong Middlebury résumé.


Stop by anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 AM to meet with a CCI Advisor or Peer Career Advisor. Your new college résumé will help you to:

* apply for on-campus jobs and other opportunities;
* apply for future internships;
* and more!

*NOTE* If you have one, please bring a copy of your most recent résumé. If you don’t already have a draft, don’t worry! Simply bring a list of activities or a laptop computer so you can review your Common App activity list with an advisor.
Brought to you by The Center for Careers and Internships and Compass.
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Create Your First College Résumé – TWO workshops: Sept 7 and 9th

SAVE THE DATE: Come meet the CCI Advisors between 9:30 and 11:30 AM on:

  • Tuesday, September 7th in Crossroads Cafe in the McCullough Student Center and/or
  • Thursday, September 9th in the tent outside the McCullough Student Center

  • Writing your first college résumé may seem daunting, but our advisors make the process easy! Learn how to turn the experience you gained through academic, extracurricular, community engagement, work, and other experience into a strong Middlebury résumé.


    Stop by anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 AM to meet with a CCI Advisor or Peer Career Advisor. Your new college résumé will help you to:

    * apply for on-campus jobs and other opportunities;
    * apply for future internships;
    * and more!

    *NOTE* If you have one, please bring a copy of your most recent résumé. If you don’t already have a draft, don’t worry! Simply bring a list of activities or a laptop computer so you can review your Common App activity list with an advisor.
    Brought to you by The Center for Careers and Internships and Compass.
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    Gain experience and career readiness this summer through Midd Gigs

    Midd Gigs are short-term professional projects offered by Middlebury alumni and parents. Here are some current listings that may be of interest to students interested in social impact and education.

    • Looking for an artist interested in pedagogy or an educator who maintains a serious art practice. Either way, it should be somebody who wants to learn and grow in their practice. Work with The Art Detectives who are looking for a skilled, patient artist-educator in or around New York City to design and implement personalized arts and arts integration curricula for students of all ages and abilities.
    • Work with Thi Hoang ’21 as a Social Media Marketing intern at Boltz.ai, an AgTech startup using AI and quantum machine learning to make agricultural production efficient and sustainable.
    • Climate Four is dedicated to bringing useful information to individuals across the UK and around the world on climate action. We are looking for someone to help us develop a social media plan across four platforms (instagram, facebook, linkedin and twitter) and increase Climate Four’s visibility.
    • Gee & Co.: We are seeking an intern with excellent research and computer skills to assist in editorial tasks for the anthology Nonwhite and Woman: 153 Micro Essays on Being in the World, edited by Darien Hsu Gee and Carla Crujido, and forthcoming from Woodhall Press in 2022 in print and digital. We would especially like to introduce AAPI/BIPOC emerging writers and undergraduate/graduate students to the literary and publication world, but welcome any interested candidate who feels closely aligned to our project.

    Visit Midd Gigs on Midd2Midd to apply for projects!

    Click here for frequently asked questions regarding Midd Gigs.