Happenstance + You

Cameron and Amanda, matching outfits

I worked at the Career Center this summer as a part of my NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) internship in at UVM,. I want to share how this experience has caused me to reflect on my work experience and how I arrived here. Continue reading

Salary and Benefits: Let’s Get Ready to Negotiate!

salary scrabble tiles

When you are faced with having to negotiate job benefits, you might feel that the task is too much to handle. Will I come across as greedy if I ask for a lot? Will they think it’s a red flag if I ask for too little? There is a fair amount of fear surrounding negotiating but you need to remember that if you reached the negotiation stage, they are invested in you. Continue reading

Are You My Mentor?

Dumbledore

I have few regrets from my days an undergraduate student— the one that I do have, however, is not actively seeking a mentor of my own. Theoretically, I knew all about mentoring relationships from reading about Dumbledore and Harry. However, I drastically underestimated the role of a mentor in my own life. Do not repeat my mistake; find yourself a mentor ASAP. Continue reading

Surviving a Lousy Internship

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Internships are often talked about as a make-or-break experience for your career: They can propel you into a future job, give you important skills, and grow your resume. So what happens when your internship is less-than-stellar? You don’t like the work, the company isn’t what you expected, or your supervisor isn’t helpful. Was the whole thing a waste of time?

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8 Steps for Leveraging a Networking Interaction into an Internship

The phases from networking to Internship

We’re often told that networking can lead to an internship, but the steps for getting from point A to point B aren’t always that clear. “Go network and get yourself an internship” is an ambiguous directive that can feel overwhelming. Here are some concrete steps that you can take to develop your professional relationships and inquire about summer internship opportunities: Continue reading