Finding Yourself Abroad

Group of UVM students in Oaxaca

Being someone who wasn’t sure they were going to college, I definitely wasn’t thinking about studying abroad. But after numerous emails promising free burritos at an information session, I decided to learn more about the Oaxaca Semester Abroad.

The PowerPoint slides filled with vibrant markets, rich biodiversity, and smiling students did what they were supposed to –I now had to go to Oaxaca.

So, I bought four bottles of sunscreen, packed my bags, and left the U.S. for the first time in my life. Continue reading

Professionalism—So What Exactly Is It?

Group of professionals standing in a cluster

Congratulations! You’ve landed that first job—and you’re ready to start.

Now those same folks who were asking: “What are you going to do when you graduate?” are giving you advice to get started: “ Remember to be professional!” Professional is such an all-encompassing word. What exactly does it mean? Continue reading

Feeling Stuck in the Mud? Help is here!

Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.

This time of year can be rough in Vermont. It’s supposed to be Spring – but it doesn’t always feel that way. It’s been a long academic year and it’s easy and common to lose motivation, feel tired and stressed out, and wonder if you’re even on the right track. First off – know you are not alone. Perhaps a good guideline would be: Don’t make any big life decision during Mud Season in Vermont. Continue reading

Tips for Salary Negotiation

Dollar signs

So, you are offered a job. Congratulations! Savor the accomplishment, but before you accept the job, make sure you understand the total compensation package. The time for negotiating is during the small window of time between getting the offer and accepting the job.

Here are some things to consider & research:

Compensation = Salary + Benefits

Look at the whole package. Different industries have different standards for sweetening the deal – from health insurance, retirement plans, vacation & sick days, tuition reimbursements, wellness packages, discounts on transportation & vendors, and relocation cost reimbursement. Make sure you understand the full picture.

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