Developing Career Confidence & Curiosity

resources + conversations to help you help them

Thanks for joining us on May 1, 2023!

The room was abuzz with over 70 folks, and full of great insights and connections.  

PowerPoint Slides

Faculty Staff Resources


11:00am - Opening: Jay Jacobs, VP for Enrollment Management

  •  Why it matters: On the importance of career in family decisions and student retention

11:10am - Updates from Sarah Heath, Career Center Director

12:00 - Breakout sessions

Career content in the classroom: A conversation with faculty for faculty

Exploring how bringing career prep into the classroom can advance integrative learning and student success. Moderated by Amanda VanVranken, Assistant Director for External Relations, faculty panelists include:

  • Dr. Sarah Heiss, CALS - 2021 Career Champion Winner
  • Dr. Amy Tomas, GSB - 2022 Career Champion Winner
  • Dr. Tiffanie Spencer, CESS - 2023 Career Champion Nominee
  • Dr. Mariano Rodriguez-Cabal, RSENR - 2023 Career Champion Nominee

Career questions in academic advising: Case studies for professional & faculty advisors 

Join Adam Boothe, Assistant Director for Integration and our career coaches to walk through handling common and sticky career questions that come up during advising sessions - how to field them and keep your students on track toward career success without needing to become a career counselor. 

Integrating career prep in academic programs: Strategic thinking for unit leaders

Students do not need to create a resume in every class every semester, but they do need progressive career prep touchpoints throughout their time in your program/school.  Whether you are a leader in title (e.g., Dean, Director, Department Chair) or just in practice (we see you), join Director Heath to discuss your plans for purposeful integration of career skill-building and how the career center can support your vision.

1:00 - Networking Lunch


Comments and photos from Summit '22 

"Everything really was wonderful! Thank you for bringing us together in that setting."

"I thought the presentations and conversations in each session were valuable and insightful."

"It was great to be there."

People smiling & talking in a circle  Provost Prelock enjoying the Career Summit


Summit '22 Agenda Recap

Thank you to all who joined us on Oct 12, 2022 for important conversations about how UVM is supporting career readiness – and how we can all help.  The morning was broken into 3 sessions with 2 breakout topics each.

8:15 - Continental Breakfast (Sugar Maple)

Coffee/Tea, Yogurt/Granola, Fruit & Muffins

8:30 - Opening Remarks & Interest Group Mingle

Hear from Provost Prelock & Director Heath
Take the matchmaker, find your Interest Group, and connect with others

9:30 - Breakout Session I

Ia. Data Insights: Career data we collect & how to access it (Chittenden)

  • Review class of '21 Career Outcomes, Interest Group Engagement stats & other highlights
  • Discuss: Class of '22 Survey & response rates

Ib. Internships: Progress toward increasing engagement, quality and access (Jost)

  • Review updates since 2021 Intern Summit (strategic plan in the works)
  • Discuss: what (your) students need to access internships

10:15 - Breakout Session II

IIa. Career Questions in Advising: Fielding the questions you get & prompting further prep (Jost)

  • Review available + desired resources
  • Discuss: what students want/need/expect from advisors regarding career prep

IIb. Articulating the intrinsic value of a liberal arts degree: Employers and educators are largely in agreement about the value of a liberal arts degree—provided it is described using language that is common and accessible to both stakeholder groups - AAC&U. (Chittenden)

  • Review CAS and NACE competencies as language that span this gap
  • Discuss: teaching students to be well versed in this language 

11:00 - Breakout session 3

IIIa. Strategic integration of career content in your class/program/advising: collaborating with us (Chittenden)

  • Review standard Career Center offerings & how to use/request them 
  • Discuss: a progressive/customized integration for your needs/students

IIIb. Equity in Career Development: Exploring how identity impacts students’ career readiness & pursuit (Jost)

  • Review JEDI initiatives the Career Center is working on
  • Discuss: DEI issues you are seeing, and resources/supports for those issues

11:45 - Closing Remarks & Next Steps 

Stay up-to-date and provide vital feedback @ our Campus Partner Mtgs every 3rd Tuesday @ 9am on Teams - opt in to being a self-proclaimed Career Partner @