October 3: Engineering Career Fair at Thayer School

The 17th Annual Thayer School of Engineering Career Fair is TODAY, October 3 thayer
(1pm-5pm) in the GlycoFi Atrium & The Great Hall at Thayer.

Can you attend if you are not an Engineering Sciences major? Yes! Companies that attend frequently offer internships and rotational training programs outside of Engineering and Computer Science.

The event is open to all Dartmouth students and alumni are welcome to attend.

There are 49 organizations attending, to view a list of participating
organizations, visit:
http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/images/uploads/FinalPrintDirectory2013.pdf

Participating employers include General Mills, Medtronic, Trinity Partners, Trip Advisor, Oracle and VistaPrint.

How to Prepare for Career Fair (Tuesday & Wednesday)

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week at the Employer Connections Fair at the TopScreen Shot 2013-09-23 at 8.40.02 AM of The Hop, from noon to 4 pm. Over 100 organizations will be attending to scout for potential employees.

We encourage you to research organizations participating in the fair before you go. You can access the fair directory here. We also recommend using the Library’s recommended resources to study up on organizations that are coming to the fair. Marketline Advantage is especially useful for researching for-profit organizations; check out the library’s non-profit research guide to prepare for meeting with employers in the non-profit room on Tuesday.

Engage, give a warm smile, engage – no need to sound rehearsed, as if you’re reading from a script, but do come up with an opening statement that lets the representative know that you’re not just simply milling around, waiting for someone to come to you and do all the talking.

“Hello. My name is Jane, and I’m a studio art major. I read an article in the Brazen Careerist recently about your graphic design internship being one of the best in the country. Can you tell me a little more about what you look for in an intern?”

Even if you don’t know as much as you should about a company, use openness and enthusiasm to spin a conversation in your favor.

“I understand you are hiring Analysts; what’s a typical day look like for an Analyst?”

Be bold and pull at common threads. From your research, find things you have in common – maybe the employer is a Dartmouth Alum, or perhaps community leader of an organization you’re a member of in college. If you can connect on a deeper level with an employer, they will see you as a person with a vested interested in their company, rather than just another resume in a stack of applications.

Good luck!

Alumni Stories: Matthew Megill ’00, Missionary Physician in Niger

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Photo courtesy of the Christian Union

Matthew Megill ’00 is a missionary physician at a Christian hospital in Niger. His work focuses on HIV prevention and treatment. The hospital  employs 30 to 40 full time staffers and cares for about 300 outpatient and 100 inpatients daily.

Megill was a Classics major and involved in various Christian groups in his time at Dartmouth. He spent an off-term volunteering at a hospital in Jordan and taught middle school students at an English-speaking school in Cairo, Egypt following graduation. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 2005.

Position: HIV Program Director at Galmi hospital

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

I am a missionary physician serving at a Christian hospital in Niger. As HIV Program Director, I head HIV services, which covers screening, treatment, and outreach.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love to see our patients get better on ARVs (anti-retroviral medications). In 2012, we screened over 22,000 patients for HIV and follow about 600 on ARVs.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Medical school is pretty linear. Missions preparation involves quite a bit of concurrent screening and preparation as well.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Read widely and have a strong intellectual appetite.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth was a wonderful stepping stone.

Alumni Stories: Nick Baum ’05, Software Designer

Photo courtesy of Nick Baum

Photo courtesy of Nick Baum

Nick Baum ’05 worked as a software designer and product manager at Google before leaving the company in 2011 to start his own social media networking site, WhereBerry, a virtual “bucket list” where users share restaurants or movies they enjoy. More recently Baum founded StoryWorth, a website where users record their family stories.

At Dartmouth, Baum was a member of the varsity swim team and an associate French teacher. He graduated Dartmouth Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in computer science modified with economics.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

StoryWorth makes it easy for people to record their family stories. As the sole founder, I’m responsible for everything from product design to programming to customer support.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

The most satisfying part about my work is hearing from real people who are closer to their families thanks to StoryWorth. Being a founder also means I have full control over how I prioritize my time, allowing me to do a variety of different things each day. It’s never boring!

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The best way to prepare for being a software entrepreneur is to build things. You can absolutely do this while at Dartmouth: figure out a small product that you would find useful, and build the simplest version of that. Other than that, experience working at a small startup is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

If you’re a computer science major, I recommend taking risks early on. Having Dartmouth on your resume is great employment insurance, you’ll always be able to find a comfortable corporate job. Right now, you’ll learn a lot more by going to work for a small startup, or even applying to YCombinator and starting your own.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

I would not be doing this today if it weren’t for Dartmouth. I got a job as a software engineer at Google as part of their on-campus interviews, where I eventually became a product manager on Android and Google Chrome. Forget about investment banking and consulting – there are so many more interesting things you could be doing!

Is there anything that we haven’t asked you that you think we should?

A modified or double major is a great way to increase your job value. Scott Adams has a great blog post about this: if you want to be in the top 5% of what you do, you can either be in the top 5% of one discipline, or in the top 25% of two disciplines.

Trends in Medical School Enrollment

M.Megill_2Interested in a career in medicine?  You’re in luck – according to a recent news release by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), U.S. medical schools are on track to increase enrollment 30 percent from 2002 to 2017, a goal that AAMC had called for in 2006 in order to meet the medical demands of aging baby-boomers.  AAMC has projected that there will be a shortage of 90,000 primary care and specialty doctors in the U.S. by 2020.

The news was not all positive, however, as federal funding for residency positions has remained stagnant.  According to AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, this is a problem because students studying medicine are required to complete these training programs in order to become practicing physicians.  Congress’s failure to increase funding for residency programs has caused the enrollment increases at medical schools to have only limited effectiveness at increasing the number of practicing physicians.

Given the highly competitive nature of medical school admissions, how can you best prepare yourself for acceptance?  Check out these trends in medical school admissions for some helpful hints:

1. Medical schools are implementing holistic review

While medical schools traditionally relied on GPA and MCAT scores to evaluate applicants, new research that found MCAT scores highly correlated to test takers’ race, gender and socioeconomic background has caused schools to re-think the way they review applications.  Groups like the AAMC have promoted holistic review processes where applicants’ intellectual achievement, employment experience, personal background, community service and leadership qualities, among other intangibles, are evaluated as well.   According to a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, an early proponent of holistic review, saw its 2012 entering class GPA and MCAT scores rise to 3.66 and 33.62 from 3.57 and 31.68, while students underrepresented in medicine rose to 20% from 12%.

Take away: Get involved in community programs and volunteer groups that match with your interests, especially if they are relevant to your future career in medicine. Think about attending events run by Globemed, a student group that addresses global health inequity, becoming involved in Dartmouth’s Emergency Medical Services, or volunteering at events run by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School in order to round out your classroom interests with relevant extracurricular programs.

2. “Early assurance” programs are expanding

Schools like Dartmouth, Georgetown, Northwestern and Tufts, offer undergraduate students a chance to apply to their affiliated medical schools as rising juniors.  The goal of such programs is to allow students a chance to broaden the scope of their college academic pursuits and avoid the substantial time and energy investment students usually make studying for the MCAT exam.  Dartmouth began offering an early assurance program to Geisel in 2012-2013 and extended admission to five members of the class of 2014 through the program.

Take away: If you are sure you want to pursue a career in medicine, check out Dartmouth and other programs that offer early assurance admission as a way to reduce stress during your senior year and avoid preparation for the MCAT exam.

3. More students are taking time off before medical school

80 percent of Dartmouth students take at least one year off before attending medical school, a percentage that pre-health advisor Sarah Berger said she expects to see grow in coming years. Some students pursue academic programs to help round out their medical school applications or gain further research and lab experience, while others take time off to pursue opportunities unrelated to medicine, Berger said.

Take away: If you know you want to attend medical school, think about whether it would be helpful to take a year or more off.  This time might contribute to stronger professional skills that you can list on your application, or it might help you narrow the focus of your medical studies.

Looking for further advice about pre-health academic advising? Visit Berger at the student advising offices located on the first floor of Baker-Berry library or her colleague, Lee Witters, at his office in the Life Sciences Center.  Career services can help you to navigate your search for off-term or post-graduate internships and fellowships related to health, but see Berger and Witters for specific MCAT test preparation practice or pre-health academic planning.

Alumni Story: S. Caroline Kerr ’05, CEO for Joyce Ivy Foundation

Courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr.

Photo courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr.

S. Caroline Kerr ’05 is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs and scholarships to help young women from the Midwest attend college. At Dartmouth, Kerr majored in Sociology major modified with Women’s and Gender Studies. She also earned a minor in Education. She was also a member of Palaeopitus senior society, competed on the women’s crew team, and was Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance co-chair, among other activities.

Kerr is president of DGALA, Dartmouth’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alumni association. She has previously worked in Dartmouth’s admissions office and recently completed a master’s degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do.

I lead a non-profit organization that seeks to raise and broaden the college aspirations of talented female high schools students. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works with a variety of partner organizations across different sectors as we engage in our work.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I believe in the mission of helping to connect talented youth with educational opportunities at highly selective colleges and universities (such as Dartmouth.) I enjoy the variety in my work: developing strategy, launching new initiatives, managing a team, and thinking creatively about how we contribute to the national landscape of college access.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation works specifically in the realm of college access, and I have previously worked in college admissions and college counseling. In an entrepreneurial setting, thinking creatively about partnerships and bringing an enthusiasm to relationships with potential partners, donors, and other supporters is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Take advantage of volunteer or internship opportunities as a way to gain exposure to the field or work of interest, and use those opportunities to build your network.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

My undergraduate courses, jobs and internships, and involvement in student organizations prepared me to work effectively with a range of colleagues. I worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office after college, and the work environment and mentoring I received prepared me well for graduate school and other professional roles. I have also been active in Dartmouth alumni leadership, such as the Alumni Council and affiliated groups, which has significantly contributed to my leadership development as well as provided me an opportunity to  stay engaged with Dartmouth.

Vault: A Trove of Resources

Photo courtesy of The Imperfect Traveller

Photo courtesy of The Imperfect Traveller

Interested in off-campus opportunities in law, accounting, banking or consulting?  What about alternative energy, healthcare, biology and life sciences?  Deadlines for these opportunities are coming up, with the corporate recruitment deadlines now less than a week away (July 8 at midnight!).

Luckily Career Services subscribes to Vault, a leading online database with rankings and reviews of top employers that you can search by industry or location.  These resources can help you decide which company is right for you and tailor your cover letter. Vault also offers guides on specific industries, interviewing, and a host of other topics from grad school to corporate careers.

To access Vault, log into DartBoard, the Career Service’s platform to search and apply to job opportunities.  Once you are on your account homepage, click “Resource Library,” located in the tab on the left side of the page.  Click the “Vault Career Insider” link to access the Vault webpage and create an account to get started!

Once you are on the Vault website, you can click through the tabs on the top of the page to access reviews and rankings of specific firms or general information about industries and professions.  Vault also maintains a number of blogs about hot topics related to job search and interviewing that you can access here as well.

Get the Most Out of Summer Information Sessions

The summer is just heating up, but it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter internships.  There are currently 27 opportunities available through the summer recruiting program. Students can apply for positions through DartBoard, an online database of jobs and internships available for Dartmouth students.  Applications for positions listed through the on-campus recruiting program are due July 8 at midnight. (You can also find over 3,000 additional internships through DartBoard’s Job Search and Internships tabs.) 

Unsure what kind of an internship you are looking for?  Want to learn more about what differentiates firms in similar industries?  Sign up to attend on-campus information sessions to meet current employees, learn about the nature of work that companies do, and get your own questions answered. Information sessions start Tuesday, June 25 and run through July 11.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of on-campus information sessions:

1. Plan in advance

Check out the calendar on the Career Services website for up-to-date information about which companies will be visiting campus and when they have scheduled information sessions for students.

2. Show up on time

Arriving on time or a little early not only prevents you from standing in the back of the room during an information session, but gives you time for informal networking with company representatives.  You’ll need time to sign-in and collect your name tag as well, so don’t cut it too close!

3. Dress appropriately

The dress code for most information sessions is business casual.  It’s not too early to make a good impression, but especially in the summer, think khakis over suit pants.

4. Be an informed attendee

Do a little background research.  Surf the company’s website before the event so that you have a general idea about what day-to-day business might be like and what sorts of skills the employer may be looking for.  Bring a notepad as well so that you can jot down information that is helpful for your application.

5. Ask questions

Heard horror stories from friends that worked 80 hour weeks during their off-campus internship?  What about friends that spent their time bored and surfing Facebook?  Ask questions from potential employers about the hours, responsibilities, and work environment for interns.  Would you be working with a team or largely on your own, how many positions is the employer looking to fill, and are there any specific skills that the employer is looking for?  Responses to questions like these can help you tailor your cover letters and resume as well.

Don’t feel like you need to do everything.  Go to the information sessions that you are most interested in and follow-up with friends who attended other sessions to learn about those companies as well.  You won’t be closed out of an opportunity because you missed the information session.  Finally, sessions are scheduled to last one hour and should not overlap, but if a particular session is running over-time, it’s okay to leave!  

Alumni Stories: Charlie Stoebe ’08 on Entering the Media Industry

After graduating from Dartmouth in 2008 with a degree in Psychology, Charlie Stoebe immediately began a two-year Rotational Program at NBC Universal focused on digital media. Since completing the program, he’s spent the past three years working in the sales and marketing side of NBC Sports. We asked him to tell us a little bit more about what it is like to work in Advertising and how to best enter the field:

Position: Marketing Manager at NBC Universal (NBC Sports).

Two sentence description of what you do

Charlie Stoebe

The role of the Sales Marketing group is to generate revenue for NBC Sports through advertising. My specific role on the Marketing side is to come up with custom solutions for brands to execute on NBC Sports properties.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love how challenging and different each day is. On Monday I’ll be thinking of how to convince McDonald’s to spend money within Sunday Night Football, and then on Tuesday I’m working on an idea for Allstate within Premier League soccer. It’s the benefit of working in a fast paced environment for a large company.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

I think the best way is to get a job within a large media company. I started in a rotational program where I got to see different sides of the organization (News Publishing, Ad Sales, & Digital Products) before settling down into my current role. Obviously that is not available everywhere but any exposure within a large media company will help you learn about the different skills needed within each department.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

I think the most important thing for Sales Marketing is writing. I have always loved writing – whether it be ridiculous emails to my fraternity or the infinite-page Psych papers each term. My job at its core is creative writing so having any background where writing is key will be extremely helpful.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

The NBC rotational program I started in came to campus for the Employer Connections Fair and that’s how I got my start. Luckily for me the head of the program was a Dartmouth ’97 and he was intent on having someone from Dartmouth get into the program – forever grateful to have been that someone.

Is there anything that we haven’t asked you that you think we should?

The media industry is definitely underrepresented at most (if not all) career fairs, but don’t let that fool you – there is a job for every passion and major. Check the careers section of the websites of all the major networks (NBC, CBS, ESPN, MTV, etc.) to see what’s available. There are an infinite number of entry-level jobs at these companies so just because they don’t come to campus does not mean they are not hiring.

Alumni Conversations: Greg Clow ’81, Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com

 

Position: Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com,  an iPhone app discovery email newsletter

Short description of what you do: I work on web development, app discovery and review, social network integration, analytics, email marketing, creative direction, art direction, and copywriting.

Degree at Dartmouth: Visual studies

1. Did you pursue any further education or training?

I took night classes from a San Francisco-based advertising school. All other training was done on the job.

2. Describe the path from your time at Dartmouth to your current activity.

I went from working in advertising in New York to advertising in Boston, and then I moved on to San Francisco. Eventually I moved from advertising to online marketing.

3. What activities/groups/events did you participate in while on campus?

I was a member of the squash team and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I also skiied, worked on the snow sculpture design for Winter Carnival in 1980, designed Dartmouth Film Society posters, participated in the New England Art Show, and designed the Winter Carnival poster for four years. 

4. How do you translate your Dartmouth education and/or major to your career?

All my coworkers went to art school and had a four to six-year head start on me…. That was a sobering realization. However, in the field of creative advertising, the ability to call on my liberal arts background, and to reference pieces of societal and historical information that my colleagues did not have, helped a great deal. I also found it far easier to present ideas to business leaders because I was relating to them on a level playing field.

5. Do you have any advice for current students who are interested in the arts, both academically and personally? 

As I see it, there are three directions to take after Dartmouth as an artist:

1) You have the means, or a benefactor, with which to follow your creativity unencumbered by the necessity of income,

2) You choose a second career, and creating visual art becomes a second career or hobby, or

3) You go into marketing or advertising.

I chose the third path. As a piece of advice to artists in today’s digital world: Today it is so easy for non-artists to create beautiful things, that the fruits of our labor have become commodities. Photographers know this best. While the few truly great in the industry welcome the competition and claim that it will just “up the game,” for those just entering the field, the competition to just get a start is daunting. Why pay a professional photographer when I can just use my iPhone? Why hire an artist to create the art for a billboard when I can use Photoshop and stock photography at a fraction of the cost?

The smart way forward for today’s graduate is to find a way to use digital capabilities to expand the touch of your creativity — printmakers learned this. Make an engraving once, make a hundred prints, number them and sell them. One piece of art and a hundred copies = greater income and greater exposure. Today’s graduate has to look to multipliers in order to make an impact.