Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Looking for a Mind at (Net)work: Notes from Medical Day on the Hill

I will take any chance I get to incorporate a Hamilton reference into my posts (Listen to the Schuyler Sisters if the title confuses you.)

Last Thursday, I attended Medical Day on the Hill, an annual networking event hosted by Health Professions Advising. The evening featured a panel of Tufts alumni now in the medical profession as well as a buffet dinner where current students had the opportunity to speak with more Jumbo-docs. This was the first professional networking event I've attended (for personal rather than Career Center-related reasons, that is), and I found it so incredibly motivating and illuminating that I knew I had to write a post about it. Here are my key takeways from Medical Day on the Hill:

You get what you work for. Every speaker on the panel iterated the importance of hard work in reaching their career goals. While this is certainly true of the medical profession, the same could be said for any field. The sentiment wasn't surprising to me, but it was a powerful message all the same: no one got to where they are today by being really really smart, or being the Surgeon General's daughter, or getting lucky. If you just work at it, you can get there.

Go at your own pace. A common topic of discussion among students and alumni was the idea of a gap year - or "growth year" as Health Professions Advising has begun to call it. All three alumni on the panel had taken at least a year in between undergraduate and medical school, along with the alumna sitting at my table, Marjorie Affel (A'03). Everyone had different reasons for their gap year, but I related best to the one that Marjorie gave - a desire to enjoy senior year of college and avoid rushing into medical school too fast. Taking a gap/growth year is a growing trend, especially in medicine, and it's an option that everyone should at least consider when deciding what to do after Tufts. Personally, I've already made up my mind to take a gap/growth year - stay tuned for updates on my search for a job/fellowship to fill it!
Me, every day.

It's a balancing act. Work-life balance came up a lot throughout the evening - probably because medicine is a field notorious for historically overworking its members. (Marjorie attended the event with her 3-month-old daughter in tow - as she put it, a clear sign that balance is something doctors "struggle with.") However, this doesn't mean that work-life balance is impossible to achieve; the panelists stressed the value of their support network of friends, family, and colleagues that keep them going through crazy times. Marjorie also gave our table some advice that really resonated with me: people (especially women, who often feel greater pressure to prioritize their personal lives over their professional ones) need to stop feeling bad for enjoying what they do. If you work a 60-hour week because you love every minute of your job, that's reason enough. If you want to cut back on hours to stay home with your kids, that's equally valid. While there's no one-size-fits-all approach to a perfectly balanced life, it's possible to find a balance that works for you.

Networking always seems intimidating to college students, but a lot of us don't realize that it's basically just talking to people. I had a great experience at my first networking event, and hopefully I can attend more like it in the future! Be sure to check the Career Center calendar and e-News to be informed about events on and off campus.

Until next time,
Sean Boyden
Class of 2017

Friday, October 21, 2016

Introducing the 2016-2017 Career Fellows

Now in its second year, the Career Fellows program is once again bringing "by-students, for-students" service to the Tufts community! Career Fellows are professionally-trained students who have been hired by the Career Center to increase awareness of and participation in the programs and services offered by the Career Center. Fellows can meet one-on-one with students by appointment or during daily drop-in hours to discuss finding internships, resume/cover letter writing, and navigating Career Center resources. Career Fellows are an entry-point for Tufts students into the Career Center, and can provide guidance from a peer's perspective - they've been in your shoes before, meaning they can combine their personal experiences as a Tufts student with their professional training to provide unique and high-quality advice on your career journey! Here's a look at the Career Fellows team this year:

Drop-ins schedule:

Tufts Career Center, Dowling 740
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 12-2pm
Wednesday: 5-7pm

Name: Jorge Antón García

Class Year: 2017

Major: Computer Engineering

What’s the most exciting thing about being a Career Fellow?

Being able to talk to students about the awesome things they have been part of and have accomplished. I love digging into their experiences and listening to their amazing stories about what makes them passionate. In doing this, I begin to get to know them and they can also appreciate what they have achieved.

If you could give any advice to a Tufts Student, what would it be?

Have a good mix of classes within your major and some outside of it. Try out new things by joining clubs and realizing what work you like and do not like. This experience is very valuable personally when looking for jobs as you can get a clearer idea of what type of jobs you may be interested in. At the same time, within clubs you gain valuable work experience.

Name: Sean Boyden

Class Year: 2017

Major: Biopsychology, Community Health

What’s the most exciting thing about being a Career Fellow?

I love being able to spread awareness about the Career Center and its wealth of resources and services throughout the Tufts community.

If you could give any advice to a Tufts Student, what would it be?

You’ve only got four years here, and it goes by too fast. Take advantage of every opportunity, savor every moment, and make sure you leave here with no regrets.

Name: Sabrina Chishti

Class Year: 2017

Major: Biology and Political Science

What’s the most exciting thing about being a Career Fellow?

I’m really excited to meet and talk with so many different people!

If you could give any advice to a Tufts Student, what would it be?

Take advantage of everything that Tufts has to offer. From cool clubs, to interesting classes, to fun events—there is always something new and different happening on campus, and participating in them leads to a better Tufts experience.

Name: Anna Linton

Class Year: Senior, Class of 2017

Major: English, Psychology, Judaic Studies

What’s the most exciting thing about being a Career Fellow?

I am thrilled to have the chance to play even a small part in my peers’ professional journeys. Venturing outside the world of Tufts into the world of the professional can seem daunting, and totally overwhelming; but, as students set goals, make important career decisions, and take risks, I feel so lucky to have the resources and opportunity to help provide them with an approachable support system that can help break down intimidating goals into practical, manageable, steps.

If you could give any advice to a Tufts Student, what would it be?

It is so important that students know that we are here for them! No matter where someone is on his or her career journey, from prepping for a second round interview, to taking a first stab at putting together a resume, students should never hesitate to ask for help. Both at the Career Center and beyond, there is no pressure in asking for help, no expectations, and it is so critical to remember that no matter where you are, there are people who are willing and able to help out. There’s really nothing to lose!

Name: Shivani Shendye

Class Year: Senior

Major: International Relations and Economics

What’s the most exciting thing about being a Career Fellow?

I love that being a Career Fellow allows me to meet students that I may have never met before, and to offer them advice that helps demystify the internship or job search process. I truly believe in the importance of fostering student-to-student relationships especially in the realm of career planning because we have much that we can learn from each other.

If you could give any advice to a Tufts Student, what would it be?

My advice to a Tufts student would be to be a sponge. Not in the literal sense of course, but make it your goal to absorb as much as you can during your four years here. Take a class that you are curious about even if it has nothing to do with your major. Make it your goal to get to know all of your professors. Join as many student organizations as you can handle. Your experience here will truly shape what you decide to do after you graduate.

Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@TuftsCareer), and check our e-News and Calendar to stay up-to-date on what the Fellows are up to this semester!

11 Companies Hiring Paid Fall Interns Right Now

Are you still looking for a Fall Internship that fits your interests? Looking for one that pays? Jumbo Jobs has a wide variety of paid Fall internships available for Tufts AS&E students, ranging from interior design to business development. Here are 11 great opportunities. 

1. Kadence International- Marketing/Research Intern
Location: Boston, MA  

Kadence International is a market research and Insight agency with over 300 employees and 8 offices around the world, offering qualitative and quantitative solutions. Their Downtown Boston office is looking to add to its team of passionate and dedicated professionals with a Marketing/Research intern who can work with them on first-hand on the entire market research process from drafting questionnaires to managing fieldwork. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

2. VentureApp- Engineering Intern 
Location: Boston, MA 

VentureApp is a marketplace that saves businesses time and money by connecting them with the top solution providers or experts they need. They are currently hiring an Engineering Intern to help build their product development and homegrown systems, participate in agile framework, and investigate and test any reported issues. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

3. Wellist- Patient Resource Specialist 
Location: Boston, MA 

Wellist gives healthcare clients the insights and tools they need to address actual human needs, resulting in improved patient satisfaction, outcomes and loyalty. They are seeking a detail-oriented individual, whose responsibilities would include creating a patient resource network through receiving raw data about local vendors and confirming that information through phone calls and e-mails, as well as collecting other patient-relevant data. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

4. Kate Maloney Interior Design- Interior Design Intern 
Location: Somerville, MA 

KMID is a full service design firm specializing in high end residential interiors. They are looking for a hard-working, detail-oriented intern with a love of design, who can help with office organization and small projects. Responsibilities include organizing the sample library and office, filing, inventory and many other projects as they arise. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

5. Atlas Workshops- Global Education Intern
Location: Cambridge, MA 

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Atlas Workshops leads international research and design trips for students. They are hiring a Global Education Intern who can handle a diverse set of responsibilities that include writing for their blog, researching and documenting travel details around the world, and helping build and maintain our private travel logistics database. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

6. Energysage- Data Analytics Intern 
Location: Boston, MA 

EnergySage is the only independent comparison-shopping website for solar energy systems and financing options in the country. Their fast-growing online marketplace matches thousands of homeowners per month with a rapidly growing list of 350+ pre-screened solar installers. EnergySage is looking for a Data Analytics Intern that can support their engineering & marketing teams in building out their marketplace analytics engine, and then go on to leverage this tool to unearth a wide range of business insights for the company. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

7. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals- Corporate Communications Intern 
Location: Cambridge, MA 

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is growing consumer biotech company that transforms knowledge into medicines that make a difference for patients and creates value that will inspire the continued support of our fellow shareholders. They are looking to add a Tufts student to their vibrant communications team whose responsibilities include monitoring and developing content for social media channels and aggregating and summarizing media relating to the company. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

8. Museum of Science- Tech Studio Intern 
Location: Boston, MA 

The Tech Studio develops and facilitates staffed programs for visitors introducing them to the engineering design process, computational thinking, and "maker" skills and processes for the Museum of Science. The Tech Studio Intern will work alongside Tech Studio staff and museum volunteers to facilitate and develop design challenges engineering activities, and technology investigations focusing on digital technology and computational thinking. Apply Here: 
Jumbo Jobs 

9. Axcella Health- Research Associate 
Location: Cambridge, MA 

Axcella Health is pioneering revolutionary new medicines with a focus on amino acid homeostasis and has developed a systems pharmacology approach to restore health at the cellular level. The Analytical Sciences team is looking for a Research Associate skilled in protein characterization methods and can be responsible for upstream and downstream process support and product characterization, as well as, executing analytical assays to support research and development. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

10. Tulip Interfaces- Software Quality Assurance Intern 
Location: Somerville, MA 

Curious about the tech startup world? Tulip, an MIT startup near Union square is looking for help improving the quality of their product. The Software Quality Assurance intern would be have a multitude of responsibilities that range from ensuring end-to-end testing for their product to documenting quality assurance standards, processes and best practices. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

11. Liberty Mutual- Partnership Operations Intern 
Location: Boston, MA 

Liberty Mutual's internship program gives you the chance to work on a variety of critical business assignments. Liberty Mutual is looking for an addition to their Strategic Partnerships team, which focuses on developing and maintaining relationships with partners to offer their products. The Partnership Operations Intern will be able to participate in real work every day and gain insight into the operations side of supporting a variety of different types of partnerships. Apply here: Jumbo Jobs 

Hewot Getachew, Tufts '17
Kristin Casasanto, Assistant Director, Tufts Career Center

Monday, October 17, 2016

5 Things I Learned from Seeing 5 Resumes in One Day

Not my picture, but it was too pretty not to include.

Grab your shapeless cardigans, people, because fall is finally here! At the Career Center, the arrival of sweater weather and picturesque foliage is always accompanied by the arrival of students looking for resume critiques. Last week, I worked a few of our office's pre-Career Fair resume critique days, which are basically extended drop-in hours for students to get a quick 10-minute meeting with a Career Advisor or Career Fellow. I always love the energy of these days; usually a line forms before the critiques formally start, and the whole staff is on overdrive to make sure we see every student who comes in for a critique. In just over an hour, I saw five different students with five different resumes. While these resumes varied in content, format, and style, I found myself repeating similar phrases or themes to all five students. It seems like no matter what career someone is preparing for, there are some pieces of advice that everyone could benefit from hearing. Below are a few of my most popular tips for any resume:

1. Consistency is key. This might just be due to who I am as a person, but I often find that the first thing I address in a resume critique is format. Is everything properly aligned to the margins? Do all bullets begin with action verbs? Is every position structured in the same way? Students often answer questions like these with another question: what's the right way to format a resume? While there are certainly guidelines, a resume can be personalized to your preferences; so long as everything stays consistent, it will look great.

2. Keep a master copy of your resume that you tailor to each position. It may seem like the best strategy is to include every job, leadership position, or internship you've ever had on a resume. For most high-achieving Tufts students (particularly the upperclassmen out there), you may find that you'll quickly run out of room on your page. Rather than curtailing your explanations for each position, consider listing only the most relevant experiences, and expanding on them in more detail. With a resume, it's quality over quantity. (This also means you might be sending out different resumes to different applications - and that's a good thing!)
What you (hopefully) do not want to look like after writing your resume.

3. Be mindful of white space. This goes hand in hand with customizing your resume to keep it on one page. White space is something that we typically don't think about in our resumes, but it can go a long way in terms of readability and aesthetics. Simply put, you want enough white space to prevent the "wall-of-text" look, but not so much that your resume looks more like your essay due in two weeks (translation: nothing written, if you're anything like me). Keep at least half-inch margins, and be sure to have at least one blank line between sections and positions. Play around with your formatting a little bit to find what you think looks good.

4. Put a number on it. A quick addition to any resume is numbers - wherever you can. If you tutored a study group, how many people were in the group? How long was each meeting? How frequently did you meet? Quantification is one of the best ways to paint a vivid picture of roles and responsibilities that you've handled, and this will allow employers to get a more complete idea of what you're capable of.

5. Proofread, proofread, proofread. The last thing you want is for your beautiful, aesthetically-pleasing, well-written resume to be thrown out over a misplaced comma or misspelled word. Before you hit print, give it one last read-through for nothing but proper spelling and grammar. Or, even better, have someone else read it too - I hear there are a lot of cool, resume-hungry people in the back of Dowling...

At the end of the day, your resume is always a work in progress, and you should continuously and frequently update it. With a few subtle changes, though, you can maximize its potential to get you in the door for that interview.

Until next time,
Sean Boyden
Class of 2017

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tufts University Musical 3: Senior Year

Welcome back to campus everyone! Summer has flown by once again, and I'm truly sad to see this one go. Between concerts and comedy shows, 4 AM wasp collections and 2 AM laughs with old friends, a trip to LA and a trip to NYC, and countless days of reading, sleeping, running, and beach-going, summer 2016 was one of the best of my life. With the bar set high, I'm planning on an unforgettable school year.

Me on Hollywood Boulevard, during a family vacation to Los Angeles in July. As you can see, I fit right in.
For some of us - myself included - it's our last time around the carousel, which feels surreal. It's hard to believe that this is my last year at Tufts, and in nine short months I'll be leaving the campus I've come to call home. At the same time, though, I'm craving new experiences in new places, and some days I can't wait until Commencement 2017.

These conflicting feelings, combined with a healthy dose of procrastinatory tendencies, are embodied by an acronym that I've come to embrace in the past few weeks: SWUG. If you ask the internet, 'SWUG' stands for 'Senior Washed-Up Girl' (or guy, or whatever noun you choose to identify with; if college has taught me anything, it is most certainly that gender is a social construct). Essentially, a SWUG is basically someone who's lost the motivation to be the typical high-achieving, high-energy college student that he or she was as an underlcassman; social outings lack the appeal they once held, and even the most basic homework seems impossible to complete. The days of being a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshman are far behind us, and now we pretty much just walk around the quad like zombies until the next time we can be home in bed again.

Our SWUG crew - we've come a long way since Hill Hall 2013.
But for me, the SWUG life doesn't mean washing up or losing drive. It means living in the moment, not caring about other people's expectations of you, and above all, doing what makes you happy. Whether it's joining the burlesque dance team or running through campus in a banana suit (both of which are items on my college bucket list), being a SWUG is about having the best senior year I can, before I leave an environment where society expects me to be ridiculous and irresponsible.

This summer, my friend Helen and I bought matching "Lettuce Be Friends" shirts and held a photoshoot throughout the Tufts campus. This is how SWUGs spend their free time.
Now, here comes the million-dollar question: how can we balance our in-the-moment, non-commital SWUG identities with the overriding need to have a plan after the caps are thrown? I'm not going to be unreasonable and suggest that you spontaneously critique your resume or change out of your sweatpants for a half-hour interview, but I do have a few ideas about what a SWUG can do in between naps and on-campus events that provide free food to start career planning:

Attend the Career Fair. Every year it seems to sneak up on us, but the Fall Career Fair is THIS FRIDAY, 11:30-2:30 in GANTCHER. There will be over 180 employers there looking specifically to recruit Tufts seniors for post-grad jobs. It's a few hours out of your Friday - you can do this. Even if you don't find the perfect job for you, attending the fair will give you an idea of what is out there, and what you can look for.

Explore your options. This goes hand in hand with attending the Career Fair. Before entering the workforce, you should try to inform yourself about the different paths you can take with your degree. This can be done simply by browsing the Internet, or by meeting with a Career Advisor. 

Me, looking for (a mind at) work. (I kind of got obsessed with Hamilton this summer. And I couldn't post a picture of LA and snub NYC, which in Angelica Schuyler's and my opinion is the greatest city in the world.)
Talk to people. Another great way to explore job opportunities is to put yourself out there and talk to professionals with careers that interest you. It can be anyone - your professor, your friend's mom, your mom's friend, your professor's mom... the list goes on.

Apply, apply, apply. One of my clearest memories from the college application process is something my best friend told me after her tour at a highly prestigious university. When she asked the tour guide what she could do to increase her chances of getting in, the tour guide responded, "Apply." This is true of the job search as well: by applying to as many positions as you can, you'll increase your chances of finding a great opportunity.

I know I just threw a lot of information at you, and for my fellow seniors currently reading this, it's okay to be completely overwhelmed (that's sort of how I feel all the time lately). But if you just start by doing one of these suggestions, you'll already be making progress towards your career goals,

It's going to be an amazing year, and before we know it, it's going to be over. Let's look out for each other, and make sure we all have a next step after we walk off the stage in May.

Until next time,
Sean Boyden
Class of 2017

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Career Carnival 2016: A Great Start to the New Year

What do you get when you mix KanJam, airball archery, and Keytar Bear with a bouncy house, free popcorn and an ice cream truck?  Career Carnival 2016! The event went off without a hitch thanks to Tufts Career Center staffers Jim McCarthy and Debbie Coughlin. 

Lots of students and staff came out for the event.  The ice cream truck gave away more than 700 sweets, and there were long lines at the spin art table. We were glad to see friends from across campus including Provost David Harris, Associate Dean Rob Mack, the College Transition Advisors, Admissions staff, and International Center staff

This year's event was heavy on the fun and light on the career education.  The message: Engage with the Career Center. We're nice people, we're devoted to students and alumni, and while we take our jobs seriously to provide you with the best resources and expert advice, we're also here to remind you that every now and then, you need to step back and have fun.

Here's to a great start to the new year!  Check out the pics below.

Nicole Anderson
Assistant Director/Career Advisor
Tufts Career Center

Friday, August 19, 2016

SMFA & Tufts: Art Resources for Creative Careers - PART 3 - Arts Education

SMFA Joining Tufts: Combine Art and Education

Thank you to those who have been following the past two blogs for The SMFA Joining Tufts.

This is the last blog of the three-series blog posts. As a recap, our first blog was on Job and Internship Resources for the Creative Industries, and our second post in the series was on Residences. This last blog is on Jobs and Internships for Arts in Education and in Museums. Besides these wonderful resources, the Tufts Career Center can be another useful tool in your career development. Just call to schedule an appointment with an advisor to work on your resume, cover letter, interviewing preparation or networking skills! Learn more about upcoming career fairs. Drop-in hours will become available again when the fall semester starts.

For those who are looking into education with your arts major, use the job search tool in the resources below. Read about the research performed on the impact of arts on education.

Arts in Education Resources
Arts Education Partnership
Arts-in-Education Research
K-12 jobs

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Museum curators obtain artifacts and organize exhibitions. They also plan events, tours and workshops. If you’re interested, check out this resource: The Association of Art Museum Curators. In addition, you can find more art education, arts administration, and museum career resources such as Careers A -Z, Spotlight on Careers, and What Can I Do With This Major, on our website, under "Resources Especially for Jumbos".

The Tufts Career Center is here to provide you with the support to succeed! We will help you identify your career goals and gain the skills, resources, contacts, and tools necessary to achieve them. Whether you are deciding on a major or career, looking for an internship or job, or considering graduate school, we can help. Stop by the Career Center on the Somerville/Medford Campus in Dowling Hall, or visit our website!

Anna Wang, Tufts '17

Kristin Casasanto, Assistant Director, Tufts Career Center