Research, Science and a Summer in Germany

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This summer, mechanical engineering sophomore Duncan Hacker, of Sudbury, MA, will venture to Pirmasens, Germany. As a participant of DAAD-RISE (an exchange program), he will conduct research on surface coating for ski jumping skis. 

DAAD-RISE hosts science and engineering undergraduate interns at top universities in Germany to work with research groups and gain practical experience. Annually the award funds around 300 participants. In preparation for this summer, Duncan answered a few questions about his career goals and experiences: Continue reading

Senior Series: What’s Your Story?


Imagine your life unfolding and your career direction taking shape as an interesting tale with a happy ending. What do you see as the major plot points? Is it a story of knowing your dream job from the time you were 5? Or is it longer and more complicated, filled with exploration and discovery? As you create the story of your life and work, the questions will be answered. You will make choices, open one door and close four others. You will choose a path that will by necessity mean you haven’t chosen other opportunities. You will experience FOMO in a big way as you decide to take that great professional job in the city, and not join your friends traveling and skiing for the next six months, or vice versa. Continue reading

Utilize Staffing Agencies in Your Job Search: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Finding employment can be a daunting task. One important, but sometimes overlooked resource is reaching out to local staffing agencies.   To get you started, here are 5 things you should know:

#1) What Do Staffing Agencies Do?

Staffing Agencies are the matchmakers of the employment world.  They recruit on behalf of businesses to find talent.  And they work with candidates to match them up with opportunities based on their goals, needs, and skill sets.  These positions can be temporary, temporary to hire, or direct to hire.

#2) Why Do Businesses Utilize Staffing Agencies?

From the candidate perspective, the job application and hiring process can be long and involved, and it is just as long and involved for employers.  That’s where Staffing Agencies step in, handling the paperwork, screening, and onboarding process for businesses, and saving them time. Continue reading

5 Ways to Stand Out After a Career Fair

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The communication you have with your targeted employers after a career fair are equally important as the first impression you made with them during the career fair.  Here are 5 ways to pursue a career opportunity in a professional and timely manner: Continue reading

Switching Sides of the Interview Table

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to sit on the other side of the interview? How about what it is like to be the person accepting resumes? If you haven’t thought about the flip side to recruiting, then maybe you should. After all, wouldn’t you like to know what the other side is looking for?

In the span of one year I went from having a student role to an employer role at the UVM Career Fair. What I have learned in both positions is that preparation is key. There are a few simple things that make for a good first impression: Continue reading