Working Your Plan

Students kayaking in Lake Champlain

Dreading those summer “What are you going to do with your life?” conversations with relatives and friends?  Here’s your answer: “I’ve got a plan and I’m working it!”

The 4 Year Plan for Career Success is just that—a well-defined road map of action steps for your four years at UVM to help you engage in experiences to explore your interests and build the skills to be successful in your chosen work.

It’s a self-managed plan, so you can move at your own pace and check off the steps along the way. There are even samples for students in various majors. Continue reading

4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Career Center Workshops

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  1. By attending a workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to receive information from a trained Career Peer Mentor who will pay close attention to your needs and help you find the answers to your career related questions.
  2. Do you know what a tagline is for a LinkedIn profile and why it’s important? Should you use an objective statement on your resume? Or do you know the best strategies on how to find internships or how to get started on your 4 Year Plan? If you don’t have the answers to at least one of the questions above, then you should attend one of our weekly workshops in the Career + Experience Hub, Davis Center.
  3. You’re going to pass through the Davis Center anyways, and you can pick up a yummy Feelgood sandwich either before or afterward.
  4. You’ll start the year off right by taking the time to reflect on your career journey, and to top it off, you’ll receive a FREE Career Center water bottle!

Here are the topics, days and times:

  • LinkedIn Mondays- Mondays (11am-2pm)
  • Resume Basics: Mondays & Thursdays (4:15pm-5pm)
  • Internships 101: Tuesdays (4:15pm-5pm)
  • 4 Year Plan for Career Success: Wednesdays (12:15pm-1pm)

 
~Danielle

The 4 Year Plan for Career Success Will Get You Sorted Out

Hermione in the Sorting Hat

Why did you decide to go to college? Have you spent hours agonizing over all the possibilities? Or are you just starting to think about the future? Regardless of where you are or what steps you have taken, the 4 Year Plan for Career Success (4YP) will help you get where you want to go.

Remember Harry Potter? Think of the 4YP as akin to the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter Series. Just like the Hat, the 4YP is a tool that will help you “on your way to greatness.” Just as the Sorting Hat listened to Harry when he didn’t want to be in Slytherin, the 4YP takes your ideas into consideration. In fact, the 4YP is all about you. Continue reading

Join Us at the Career + Experience Hub

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As our one-year anniversary approaches in October, we reflect on the past year and smile because it was a successful year with visits from various students. Yet as the academic year commences, there are still some students who hesitantly come into the space and ask, “What exactly is the Hub?” To help those who are asking themselves this question, below is a snapshot of what the Hub is and the services we provide.

What is the C+E Hub?

The C+E Hub is a centralized space in the Davis Center where eight experiential learning offices at UVM including; Leadership & Civic Engagement, Office of International Education, Food Systems Internship, Career Center, Student Employment Office, Office of Fellowship Advising, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Office of Community-University Partnership Service Learning, have created a partnership to help students “get started” with experiential opportunities that excite them. Our goal is to promote the 4 Year Plan to all students and send the message that it’s never too early for you to find experiences outside of the classroom. In the end, these experiences will assist with the development of various transferable skills and interests that will be marketable to employers once you leave UVM.

What are the services?

Our partner offices and the Career Center’s Career Peer Mentors are trained to assist students with general questions pertaining to the eight offices. We have career counselors and partner staff available during our Drop-In hours throughout the week to answer students questions such as how to find a job or internship, research, service learning, study abroad, fellowships, or how you can get involved on campus. Last but not least, we hold numerous workshops and events throughout the year that tie into each of those topics.

We hope you will stop by and get started on your next steps and 4 Year Plan for Career Success!

~Danielle

Savvy Seniors: How will YOU define your final year at UVM?

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“Is life a bowl of cherries?”

There’s a lot of metaphors for what life is and how one chooses to live it. You’ve probably heard everything from the food comparisons (“life is like a box of chocolates” or a bowl of cherries) to the journey descriptions (life is a highway or a marathon).  These descriptions are more than cute sayings, they are worldviews that shape how a person approaches their days and makes decisions.  For example, if life is a marathon, then steady effort day in and day out is required and making it through means to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

It’s important that you think about your own worldview and the metaphors, values and beliefs that guide you if you want to be the captain of your own ship (another great metaphor!)  While that may seem overly lofty, you can break it down to this year: your final year at UVM. How do you envision this year for yourself? You are the only one who can decide how you want to shape this year, what you want from it, and what it means to you.  Your conception of this year will be reflected every day in the choices you make: to study or not, to go out or not, to get good rest or not, to start thinking about your life after college or not.

If you are looking for a roadmap to help guide you through this final year and get you to your next destination, may we recommend the 4 Year Plan for Career Success. Look at the Senior Year of the Plan and start to articulate your vision for this final year. The Plan gives you ideas, suggestions, and benchmarks to help you see the possibilities and identify your own goals.

~Kala

We’d like to help you plan for your final year and life after college.  Join us for:

Careers + Coffee: A Senior Open House Wednesday September 10, 3-5pm at the Career Center L/L E-140.