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My Career Advisor’s New Home

January 5, 2011

That’s right… we moved!

My Career Advisor

You can now find My Career Advisor advice and resources, along with the AU Intern blog, and a host of new AU blogs at Take a look, bookmark the new digs, update your RSS feed, and let us know what you think.


2011 Career Resolutions

January 3, 2011

Happy new year! As we all know, this is a convenient time to make new personal resolutions. If you’re like me, you’ve started to hit the gym again and you’re more likely to share delicious baked goods with your roommate.

The new year is also a great time to think about your professional goals. Whether you’re a freshman deciding on internships or an alum starting a new career, use this time to think about where you are in your career and what steps you need to take to bring it to the next level.

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Global Social Venture Competition – 2011

December 17, 2010

The Global Social Venture Competition is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition enabling early-stage social ventures from around the world.

January 19 is the first deadline

Networking with GovLoop

December 16, 2010

In an earlier post we discussed LinkedIn as a viable networking tool.  For those interested in working in and around government, GovLoop is another great website to make professional connections.

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Winter break reading list

December 15, 2010

Congratulations! You’ve survived finals and are hopefully enjoying the relative quiet of winter break. This is a great time to take a breather from your academics and think more strategically about career decisions and the steps you need to take to find meaningful work after leaving AU.

Here is a brief winter reading list to help you think about your future career and the things you can do now to set yourself up for success.

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Win a Photojournalism Scholarship to London

December 13, 2010

According to their website, the Alexia Foundation photojournalism scholarship in London, will provide the financial ability for students to improve their knowledge and skills of photojournalism and to increase their own knowledge and understanding of other cultures by providing scholarships to study photojournalism at Syracuse University in London, England.

The Foundation also provides cash grants to enable student photographers to have the financial ability to produce a picture story that furthers the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

Intercultural Management Insitute annual conference – scholarships

December 13, 2010

EDF Scholarships Available for the Intercultural Management Institute’s 12th Annual Conference. The scholarship application submission process is currently open for the Intercultural Management Institute’s 12th annual conference on intercultural relations. A forum for business, education, and training professionals, this conference provides direct networking opportunities with decision makers from a wide range of organizations, including international business, academia, government, military, international education, training, and international human resources. The applicant must demonstrate an interest in intercultural communication, negotiation, and leadership through course work, academic or community activities, or active participation in organizations that serve internationally diverse populations. For more information, contact our program coordinator, Mary Margaret Herman, at 202-885-6434 or, or visit our Web site at

Young Entepreneur Council

December 13, 2010

Considering alternatives to the conventional workforce?  Check out the Young Entrepreneur Council, an organization with mission to “teach young people how to build successful businesses.” A founder is Scott Gerber, author of “Never Get a Real Job.”

“No Jobs? Young Graduates Make Their Own” — NY Times

December 13, 2010

Sunday NY Times (12/12/2010) has an interesting story about recent college grads finding a different way to succeed in the job market, as small entrepreneurs.

JUMO.COM, a major NGO info site, launches

December 3, 2010

JUMO.COM, a major new website, could be an important source of informa t ion for people seeking jobs in t he NGO world.  Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has launched the site, which is not a jobs site, but rather is intended as a hub to catalyze social activism with a wealth of information on a variety of causes.  Its slogan:  “We connect individuals and organizations working to change the world.”

Summer internships at USAID

November 30, 2010

The application for paid summer internships at the United States Agency for International Development is now open. The information in this post was taken from the USAID student employment website.

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A day in the life of three federal employees

November 29, 2010

If you’ve given some thought to working for the federal government but can’t imagine what it would be like on a day-to-day basis, a new video series might help to take away some of the mystery. The Partnership for Public Service’s “A Day in the Life” videos highlight the work of three young, dynamic feds:

After watching these videos, spend some time on the Making the Difference site for more information about how to find and apply for jobs in federal agencies.

Kogod Case Competition for all AU students

November 24, 2010

Annual Kogod Case Competition
The Kogod Case Competition is an excellent opportunity for AU students to sharpen their communication and leadership skills, case analysis abilities, presentation style, and problem-solving techniques. Competitors gain professional skills, network with business executives, and have fun. The 2011 event takes place on Saturday, February 12. You can read more at Registration is limited and is already 33% full! Contact or 202-885-1982 with any questions.

Middlebury summer language study fellowships

November 24, 2010

Middlebury Language Schools Announce Fellowship Opportunity for Summer 2011

Full Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools We are pleased to announce the continuation of the Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace for the fifth year in a row. The fellowship will cover the full cost of one summer of language study-­from the beginner to the graduate level­-in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian.

For more information, please visit

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students – 42% of summer 2010 Language Schools students received a financial aid award, and the average award granted was $5,454. To learn more about financial aid, visit

For complete information on all Language Schools programs and to apply online – Visit

Middlebury College Language Schools
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center
356 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Kathryn Davis Fellowship Committee
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury Language Schools
Middlebury, VT 05753
Visit the website at

Connecting with LinkedIn

November 24, 2010

When you’re looking for a job or internship, searching employment sites should not be the only action you take. It’s important to use all the tools in your arsenal, and that includes online networking.

One of the most underutilized resources available to you right now is LinkedIn, a free professional networking website that boasts a membership of 85 million people in 200 countries. The premise behind LinkedIn is that “relationships matter,” and to back this up, the website allows you to create a network of professionals to connect and build relationships with. This can be helpful when you’re looking for work and even more broadly when you’re unsure what you can do with a particular major.

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Skills to Succeed in Education Policy

November 23, 2010

With the rise of Teach for America and recent debates about teacher quality in own our backyard, it’s no wonder that many AU students are interested in learning more about jobs and internships in education policy. On November 17, the Career Center hosted six education policy professionals to discuss the hot issues they work on and how they launched their careers in the field.

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Talking Turkey: Making the Most of Your Break

November 22, 2010

At this point in the fall, students can feel torn between the desire to take a well-deserved breather, and (in some cases) severe stress over finding their next internship or gearing up for the daunting task of job hunting.

Thanksgiving comes at a perfect time.  Just enough down-time to allow you to regroup, think through your plans and priorities, while also packing in the food and having some much-deserved fun.

It also happens to be an EXCELLENT time to begin or ramp up your networking efforts.  Here are some tips for preparing on your way home:

  • * Make a list of everyone you’re going to see during this break, and (as much as you can recall) what they do for a living, where they work, where they live, what kinds of circles they hang out in. Then, of course, tuck that list away. It would kind of look mercenary if anyone found it.
  • * Think about something that you can say about your next career development goal: I’m hoping to explore careers in X in the next few months by talking to people in the field, OR I’ve decided to explore Y career path and am looking for a spring internship in that field, OR I’ll be job hunting soon, and am really interested in getting a foot in the door in Z industry.
  • * Remind yourself of some of your accomplishments. Folks will be interested in what you’ve been up to. Deliver the goods, with passion, and with just enough detail to let them know that you really sank your teeth into something.

Then sink your teeth into your turkey (or tofurkey) and pumpkin pie, and have some nice, relaxed (and subtly goal-oriented) conversations with your nearest and dearest (or those of your family and/or friends)! They may know people who can help, or have ideas for you that you hadn’t considered. Keep your mind open, and…be grateful for all that you will have received.

Happy Thanksgiving/Networking!!

Note: This was such great advice, given by our former SOC advisor Minna Morse, that is being re-posted for this holiday break.

What did YOU get out of Federal Careers Week?

November 17, 2010

The Federal Careers Week was a great experience where I obtained valuable information and met interesting people. Meeting the panelists helped me gain confidence in the choice of my major and the decision of moving to DC. It all started to make sense now! The events like that is exactly the reason why I transferred to AU.

I realized just how important networking is to getting a job in international relations. Due to the advice from the panelists, I have just finished my third round of interviews with [an employer] because I was able to ask someone in my internship if they knew of any opportunities. A women did and recommended me for this position!

There are many ways to utilize my degree/educational experience in various fields of the Federal sector.

85% of those who came have already taken action by expanding their job or internship searches, revising their materials, or expanding their networks. And congratulations to SIS sophomore, Lauren Powell! She was chosen at random from our respondents to our SurveyMonkey about Federal Careers Week. See what others had to say here. Check out AUCareerWeb for full and part-time jobs and internships with the federal government.

Career Confusion: AU CareerWeb

November 17, 2010

If you’re in a job or internship search you’ve probably heard of AU CareerWeb.

(total aside – but if you haven’t you’ve GOT to check it out.   AU CareerWeb is the Career Center’s best tool for job and internship searching – we have hundreds of opportunities and they’re updated daily! All students and alumni have access so you can just log in, upload your resume and apply right through the system! – end aside)

Anyone who has used AU CareerWeb will tell you what a fantastic resource it is – but it can be a little tricky to navigate. Here, I’m going to get you on the path to becoming a master AU CareerWeb navigator by clearing up some of your most common questions.

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Understanding federal pay schedules

November 12, 2010

If you’ve ever read a job announcement on USAJobs and wondered what “GS” means, you’re not alone.

With internship deadlines approaching and seniors starting to look for full-time jobs, we’ve been asked to explain the federal pay system on a regular basis. For a full explanation of the General Schedule (GS, the pay system used by most federal agencies), visit the Partnership for Public Service’sFederal Pay” page on its Making the Difference website.

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