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Career Services
Fiscal Year 2012 – Mid-year Report
Summary
The Career Services Program provides opportunities for alumni to be a resource for
students and alumni in the job search by 1) joining the UVM Career Connection
Linked In group; 2) volunteering as host, speaker, panelist or networker for a career
networking event; 3) notifying alumni relations of job or internship openings to post or
posting directly to Catamount Joblink; and 4) other career services engagement
opportunities (job recruiting fairs, on campus/Skype interviews, etc.); each year the
Alumni Association partners with Career Services to plan and execute career
networking events for students and young alumni in the regional board areas.
Program Accomplishments & Highlights

Partnered with UVM Career Services to plan and execute 4 career networking
events; streamlined the planning process to reduce the number of planning
calls and staff hours required

25% increase in number of volunteers recruited to serve as keynote, panelists
and networkers at 2012 career networking events (53 NY; 48 Boston)

15% increase in student and young alumni attendance at 2012 career
networking events (125 NY; 80 Boston); Alumni Relations sent a second email
to parents 2-3 days before the event as a reminder to encourage their student
to take advantage of these events during winter break; Career Services sent
multiple emails to students and recent grads and used FB, Twitter and Linked
In to promote the events

The NY Regional Board held a successful Mid-Career Event in November

Partnered with UVM Career Services to transition Career Connection
database to Career Connection Linked In group; currently 1,100 members at a
rate of 5 new members daily; 1st quarter 2012 recruitment push to UVM
Alumni Linked In group followed by an email to invite all alumni (and parents);
Career Services holding Linked In workshops for students

Stewardship of volunteers – hosts, keynote speaker and panelists are thanked
with a Dakin Farm gift box and networkers receive a hand-written thank-you
card with a message from Nancy Small on behalf of the regional board,
Alumni Association and Career Committee
Areas of Opportunity

Actively solicit feedback from alumni networkers

Handouts, emails and/or online(YouTube) video testimonials to promote UVM
Career Connection Linked In, career networking events and other UVM
career services

Enhance communication with regional boards by distributing Career Services
Committee reports and Career Services by the Numbers

Increase involvement with students and faculty and continue to find ways to
measure engagement with students

Promote and post to UVM Career Connection Linked In group

Increase awareness of Catamount Joblink as a resource to post job and
internship openings

Refer recommendations for panelists and networkers year-round in
preparation for annual career networking events

Participate in UVM focus groups with young alumni to evaluate perception of
UVM career development services

Share career networking, mentoring and other career development programs
with University partners (ALANA Center, Honors College, Business School)

BUSINESS
FY ’13 Proposed
Program Plan
Career Services Committee
GOALS AND MEASURES
It is important to outline a set of goals and objectives that can be used as a guide for
focusing efforts and evaluating the impact of our program. Goals should be specific,
measureable, and achievable.
Measures
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 3
Promote Career Connection Linked In to alumni and
parents as a way to engage with students and
alumni to provide mentoring and assist in their job
search
Continue to support the University in its research on
how best to evolve career services based on a
changing world
Create a communications strategy to involve alumni
and parents with Catamount Joblink (partner w/
Career Services)
Quadruple the
membership to
4,400 members
Engage in 1-2
surveys each year
10% increase in
number of
employers
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES or EVENTS
Provide an outline of the activities that will be planned to support the goals referenced
above. This should be a comprehensive list of events and activities (eg. Marketing
materials or communication needs) that require resource allocation and planning. This
includes staff and budget resources.
Events to be Held
Purpose/Budget
Location
Month / Timing
VT Career Networking Night $3,000
Davis Center,
April
campus
DC Career Networking
$6,000
NAHB, Washington,
June
Night
DC
NY Career Networking Night $7,000
Credit Suisse, NYC
January
Boston Career Networking
$7,000
January
Night
Publications
UVM Career Connection
Linked In handout(card)
UVM Career Connection
Linked in invitation to alumni
and parents
Mobile applications
Networker testimonial(s)
Trending analysis of level of
student and alumni
Purpose/Budget
Increase awareness
and membership/
$2,500
Increase awareness
and membership /$0
Media
Print
Month / Timing
Ongoing
Email
Ongoing
Reach students/$3,000
Reinforce effectiveness
of networking in
landing a job / $3,000
Demonstrate the
growth in numbers of
Texting, etc.
Web video clips
Ongoing
Ongoing
Ongoing
engagement in career
services (partner with CS)
students and alumni
served
Activity/Volunteer Engagement
UVM Career Connection Linked In group
Panelist, keynote, networker at career networking
event
Catamount Joblink
UVM Career Services Job Fairs
Market Research (focus groups, etc.)
Testimonials
Keynote Speaker for career networking event
Purpose/Budget
Career mentoring /
$0
Career mentoring /
$0
Job and internship
assistance / $0
Job search
assistance / $0
Marketing
Marketing
Potential expenses /
$1,000
Month / Timing
ongoing
Jan, April,
June
ongoing
October and
Spring
Ongoing
Ongoing
Jan or June
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Career Services Fiscal Year 2012