Summer—Prime Time for Building Your Career

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." -George Eliot

On these below-zero February days, visions of summer usually involve sun and beaches. Hold that thought… but add to it visions of career-related experiences.

Yes, summer is a great time to explore fields of interest, test the waters of an industry you are considering, develop skills to make you competitive as you enter the workplace, gain some solid experience for your resume and build your beginning professional networks. The good news is: you can do all this and still have fun. Continue reading

Savvy Seniors: What’s Networking Got To Do With It? A Career Journey

FM with a colleague

Chapter 1: Finding Focus

I entered college knowing exactly what I thought I wanted to study. Like many, I left college pursuing a very different path and preparing for a very different career than I had imagined. Subsequently, I earned a professional degree from UVM (a M.Ed.) and was on track for a career in higher education. Working with college-aged students in an educational setting was a dream come true.

Chapter 2: Trying Something New

Fast-forward almost 6 years: I yearned to keep growing and learning, to hone my skills and gain more professional responsibilities. One day I stumbled upon a part-time position planning and marketing for the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. It seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up – a part-time position which would allow me to test new professional waters, meet a new community in Vermont and put my event planning and marketing skills to work in a new setting. Not to mention: Vermont cheese.

Chapter 3: Making New Connections

I applied, interviewed and was subsequently hired. The work was an enriching diversion from my full time position at UVM – it offered me a new context in which to grow and introduced me to some of the most amazing food entrepreneurs in the state. While working for the Cheesemakers of Vermont, I was unwittingly building a new network. This network consisted of farmers, producers, and marketing professionals. Six months later I was recruited by one of these contacts – Vermont Creamery – to manage their marketing program full time.

The takeaway?

While I wouldn’t recommend working 60+ hour weeks across two jobs, my experience highlights the many forms networking can assume. Working a part time job, volunteering, or informational interviewing are all ways that networking can happen.   The past year and a half has taken me to new places, pushed me to grow quickly and ultimately charted a path for a career I love and never could have previously imagined. Networking opened the door.

Most career journeys require one-part focus, one-part flexibility, and three-parts people. Follow your interests, bring your authentic self, and you never know what might unfold.

Good luck!

~FM Munoz
Marketing Coordinator
Vermont Creamery

Learn about the Interview Process

Juliana Morris at Bottomline Technologies

For some, conquering an interview is simple. For others, controlling our nerves enough to respond to questions is a feat in itself. Regardless, along the way, everyone will learn something from the experience. Some might land a job after their first interview. For some, it might take fifteen interviews to find success. Continue reading

Catamount Job Link: Did you know?

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The Catamount Job Link (CJL) is an on-line job and career management system. Staff from the UVM Career Center manage it and are the people “behind the scenes.”

Did you know?

  1. Through CJL, you can search (and often apply to) jobs and internships from employers who have said they want to advertise to UVM students/alumni. You can find full-time jobs (for life after graduation), part time jobs (for life during school) and internships (for life during school or summertime).

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