The January 2013 AmeriCorps Alums Career Newsletter is Sponsored by:
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How IPSL is Preparing Me for A Career in International Development and Service
by Whitney Pfeifer, AmeriCorps class of '10 - '11
After finishing my first semester of my Master’s in International Development and Service through IPSL and Concordia University-Portland, I am full of possibilities. Courses were rigorous and enlightening, and the knowledge I gained was career-shaping. At IPSL, combining international service with practical experience is integral, and this learning approach saw me placed in an internship at Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian relief non-profit. I was very successful in this placement, in part, because the IPSL master’s program helps its students put theory into practice while also allowing them to build on past experiences, like AmeriCorps.
Last year, when serving in AmeriCorps at the St James ESL program, I received first-hand experience in how a nonprofit functions. Although prior to AmeriCorps I had volunteered with nonprofits, my AmeriCorps term highlighted the inner workings of the nonprofit world, and afforded me an opportunity to manage an expanding program. This understanding permitted me to jump right into my program evaluation and development work at Mercy Corps with minimal training or assistance, allowing me to be a more valuable intern by working on more substantial projects.
IPSL’s teaching philosophy is clearly and directly preparing me for my future career. The coursework, especially courses on Globalization and Research Methods, has directly benefited my work at Mercy Corps. I have been able to use skills learned to analyze survey work done in Nepal for a girls’ education proposal, as well as conduct research for a grant proposal for girls’ entrepreneurship in Nigeria. The IPSL experience is opening up a variety career options that range from working as a first responder to working with youth. And the professional contact opportunities IPSL builds into its grad program are one of its greatest strengths. I am confident I will be prepared not only with the theory of development work but with tangible, practical skills.
In my next semesters in Italy and Thailand, I will be exposed to an international work environment, and will build on my first semester learning experience by continuing to work with Mercy Corps and other international organizations. My AmeriCorps service perfectly complements my IPSL experience, and I encourage fellow AmeriCorps alumni interested in international development and service careers to consider the graduate program at IPSL. AmeriCorps and IPSL have similar missions of service and they work to create future community leaders to help others help themselves. I’m excited to continue to link my AmeriCorps experience with my IPSL education, and accelerate my prospects for a career in international development and service.
Be sure to join IPSL for a virtual open house on January 17th at 9AM Pacific time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for sign-in instructions.
Urban Teacher Center Actively Recruiting AmeriCorps Alums
Urban Teacher Center (UTC) is looking to hire AmeriCorps Alums into its pioneering alternative teacher preparation program in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD (and soon additional cities). The UTC program offers a year-long residency with a host teacher, a free-dual master’s, extensive one-on-one coaching and dual certification that is tied to demonstrating improvement in student achievement. UTC quickly recognized that applicants with AmeriCorps experience were more prepared for its unique, rigorous program than applicants with other experiences. UTC sees how spending a year in AmeriCorps instills a very strong passion, commitment and foundation for teaching in urban schools.
In fact, UTC just hired an AmeriCorps Alum, who was initially turned down by UTC in 2010. After being turned down, this alumna spent the next two years serving in an AmeriCorps program before applying again to UTC with her new experiences and skills. This time she was accepted to join UTC’s Cohort 2013. UTC is looking for more AmeriCorps Alums who are interested in applying their AmeriCorps experience to its work, while also aspiring to be some of the nation’s most expert and accountable urban, public school teachers.
Please consider applying to UTC by one of its last two deadlines: February 1 or March 15 to join Cohort 2013 in June 2013. The next webinar to learn more about this unique program is January 21, 2013 at 9PM. Register at "Events” at www.urbanteachercenter.org. The UTC application is on its website. If you are interested in meeting a UTC representative in person, interview days are scheduled for Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Oakland and Los Angeles.
AmeriCorps Alums Hired by UTC
Please follow UTC on Twitter and "like” them on Facebook to learn where UTC staff will be around the country over the next few months. For questions, please contact Kerry Swarr, Director of Human Capital, at Kerrys@urbanteachercenter.org.
Three Resume Tips From AmeriCorps Alums
Creating a solid resume can be a key step in landing a job interview. Here are 3 resume tips to help get you an interview:
1. Focus. Your resume must target a specific job function and include only your most relevant work experience. If your job search focuses on multiple job types you need multiple resumes.
2. Ask "So What?” Your resume needs to show results. Just listing tasks you’ve performed doesn’t answer "So what?” Make sure employers understand the results you’ve achieved by using quantitative examples that highlight your accomplishments.
3. Be Concise. Your resume won’t get you a job offer. But if you highlight your accomplishments and leave the reader wanting to learn more about you, it will get you an interview. Be succinct and make every word count. Too much detail can turn off recruiters.
Be sure to proofread your resume and upload it to AmeriCorps Alums so that employers can find and contact you about your next job.
January Career Webinar: Introduction to LinkedIn
Have you ever wondered how you can utilize LinkedIn to help enhance your career prospects? On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 12PM to 1PM Eastern time, AmeriCorps Alums will conduct a webinar about LinkedIn, and how you can effectively use it in your life after AmeriCorps. Hosted by LinkedIn experts, this webinar will introduce you to basic features of LinkedIn and also walk you through recent layout changes that impact LinkedIn functionality. Be sure to attend by registering here.