Doing Good, Doing Well: Four Core Elements of Doing Well


Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity

While to-do lists and deadlines are important to moving forward in our lives, clarifying our own intentions can move us in the direction we really want to go. The Circle of Courage, a strengths-based development philosophy, identified four crucial elements that may be useful guideposts as you navigate classes, activities, relationships and responsibilities:

Belonging: Relationships of Respect
Mastery: Competence and Achievement
Independence: Personal Responsibility / Inner Discipline
Generosity: Making Positive Contributions

Belonging is one guidepost we use at Career Services.  Core elements of building a sense of belonging are: People, Place & Purpose.

How can this be helpful? Here are some questions to ask in your work/life exploration:

Who is doing work you believe in?
Who would you love to work with? Live near? Serve?

Where do you have or want to build connection?
In what type of environment do you flourish?  Location? Organizational culture?

What do you love doing?
What skills to you want to use? What is needed that you have to offer?

These questions can offer a larger perspective than your major, GPA and resume.  Reflect, explore and move in the direction that matters to you!


Internship of the Month: ECHO Lakeside Aquarium and Science Center

Kyle Pestlin

Intern: Kyle Pestlin
Class Year: 2012
Major: Biology
Employer: ECHO Lakeside Aquarium and Science Center
Internship Title: Animal Care Intern
LinkedIn Profile:

Briefly tell us about the organization you were with:

ECHO is an aquarium and science center located on the Burlington Waterfront. Their goal is to provide a fun and interactive environment for kids to learn about the local history, culture, and ecosystems. ECHO houses 70+ species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles and provides various internship opportunities including a variety of education/teaching internships.

How would you describe the various projects you did in for your organization someone who is unfamiliar with your field?

I worked in the Animal Care department which strictly deals with the animals. My job consisted of cleaning tanks, feeding, designing and building exhibit habitats, medicating animals, and learning about ECHO’s water system. All the techniques I’ve learned in animal care are transferable to other zoos and aquariums across the country to the standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

What did you like best about this internship? What was most challenging?

What I enjoyed most about this internship was to learn about all the different aspects of animal husbandry. Working at ECHO has really improved my ability to create animal specific habitats that I now apply to my lizard tanks at home.

The most challenging aspect of working at ECHO was to remember all the different diets for each of the animals. For example, some fish get fish food that we make, while some eat fish, some eat earth worms, others eat blood worms, and that’s just the fish. Frogs, reptiles, turtles, and crustaceans all have specific diets as well.

How did you gain credit for this internship?

I met with Mary Beth Barritt at Career Services. She informed me of a course she was teaching that provides credit for internships (EDSS 239). The work for the course consisted of reading inspiring and thought-provoking articles and then writing responses to these articles while including relevant internship experience. This course helped facilitate the learning process in my internship by requiring critical thinking on aspects of the internship that otherwise would have gone without acknowledgement or appreciation.

What impact did this internship have on your career direction?

This internship really opened my eyes to what I truly enjoy doing. Just knowing that I am improving the lives of these animals by giving them care and attention makes it all worth it. This internship has also confirmed the importance of knowing you are contributing and making a difference in society.

What advice do you have for students searching for internships?

When looking for an internship you have to stay persistent and look for a job in a field you are truly interested in.

Why should students do an internship?

I feel having an internship is really helpful no matter what. Even if you hate your internship you then know that you may be in the wrong field. You may learn you enjoy certain aspects of your internship more than others, and it may not even be what you had expected. This helps narrow your overall career path to the job that will ultimately be best for you.

Savvy Seniors- Networking with Professionals in Your Field


Happy 2012 Seniors!  This is the year you will become a college graduate!

As you look to the future, here are three words of advice for you: Network, network, network!

Perhaps you are wondering what networking really is and how to proceed?

Networking: What, Why, & How


Establish and maintain relationships. Have conversations with professionals. Develop connections over time.


Learn about industries and companies of interest. Discuss current trends and hot topics in your field. Discover potential job opportunities. Establish yourself as a reliable professional.


Remember it’s about building relationships. Show interest in others and ask open-ended questions. Follow up on networking leads. Keep in touch.


Everywhere. Formal networking events. Dinner with friends. Volunteering in the community.


Now. Tomorrow and the next day. Consistently. Networks are built over time.

Use the resources below to help you craft your personal approach to networking.

Great Networking Advice

On-Line Networking

Networking for Introverts

Network with UVM Alumni

Now return to the Senior Checklist for some additional tips and resources on networking, including a Networking Tracking Sheet to stay organized.

Make 2012 the year that you find your Inner Professional Networker!


In Pursuit of a Balanced Life

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” -Thomas Kinkade

Healthy You

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to learn the skills of extreme multi-tasking, sleep deprivation, delaying joy, and others that defeat efforts for our health and well-being.  School and work can make it challenging to practice self-care, and learning to balance all of life’s many demands can be tricky.

Although striking such a balance is no easy feat, even the President of The United States of America finds time to pull away from his demanding job.  The new year is a great time to begin implementing strategies to help you stay centered through all of life’s obstacles and prioritize the things that matter most to you.

Here are some tips for striking your own balance:

  • Identify your interests, skills, and values– reflecting on what’s important to you can help you assess what areas of your life need attention
  • Create manageable “To-Do” lists– develop a list of tasks and give yourself reasonable time to accomplish what you’ve laid out
  • Use a calendar or planner– by blocking out time for work, school, social activities, exercise and other parts of your day, you’ll give yourself a visual reminder of what balance means to you
  • Reserve time for ample sleep– 7-9 hours is generally advisable
  • Eat balanced meals– the new “MyPlate” icon, developed by the USDA, gives basic guidelines for balancing your meals

Balance takes practice, but the benefits are well worth the effort.  Here’s to a balanced, peaceful, joyful you!