UpNext: Technology 2018


April 13

At UpNext: Careers in Technology, participating alumni will lead resume reviews, panel discussions, and workshops.  This is an opportunity to explore the many facets of technology careers, hear about opportunities, and learn about pathways to success. All participating alumni are part of the CCI's Middlebury Professional Networks.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Resume Review Office Hours (Adirondack House)    

If you are interested in a career in technology, don’t miss this chance to get valuable feedback on your resume from Middlebury alumni currently employed in the industry.  Resume reviews are private, one-on-one conversations and around 20 minutes in length. 

  • Jackson Yang ‘17
  • Dan Crepps ‘12
  • Jamie Crepps ‘10
  • Aaron Krivitzky ’09.5
  • Stefan Claypool ‘09
  • Peter Jacoby ‘01

Sign up required. Reserve your slot in Handshake.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.      

Panel Discussion (Davis Family Library 105B)

When it comes to the technology field, there is a broad variety of ways to pursue your interests and find outlets for your abilities; digital technology has driven convergence in many ways. The panelists will talk about the trends shaping the scope of this industry and what they mean for future roles in this field?  Hear from a panel of Middlebury alumni with a variety of backgrounds who now have careers across a wide spectrum within the industry:

A Conversation With:

  • Jamie Crepps ’10 (Economics, Spanish) – Google
  • Aaron Krivitzky ’09.5 (Philosophy) – Mixpanel
  • Stefan Claypool ’09 (Chinese, Economics) – PayPal
  • Peter Jacoby ’01 (Computer Science) – Novartis Biomedical Research
2:00 – 5:45 p.m.      

Workshops (Davis Library, 105 A/B)

Experienced professionals currently employed by a variety of technology firms will host multiple workshops (listed below) designed to set you up for success as you explore career possibilities, apply for positions, interview, and begin your own career.  Each workshop is 45 minutes.  Attend them all or select only the ones most relevant to you; there will be short breaks between each session to allow you to come and go.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence (Davis Library, 105A)

Rachel Liddell ‘15 will speak about the state of AI in IBM’s Watson program, the functional elements involved, the types of entry level roles that would be perfect for liberal arts majors, and the skill sets that help when first starting in the industry.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Business Intelligence an Alternative Career Path in Technology  (Davis Family Library 105B)

Jackson Yang ’17 will review what Business Intelligence is, why it’s important, and the power of modern analytics. This will include covering the skills and knowledge sets, both formal and informal, that contribute to a successful career in BI, as well as what the regular responsibilities and work of a BI Analyst at a larger tech company include. 

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Product Management - Technology Intersects With Liberal Arts (Davis Family Library 105A)

Stefan Claypool '09 will provide an overview of the crucial role of a Product Manager based on his experiences in the role at PayPal. Of all major tech industry disciplines, product management is in many ways the best fit for liberal arts students, because it demands a truly multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. In this session, we will discuss what product management is both in theory and reality, assess its importance inside a technology organization, review the different skills that contribute to success in the role, and provide insight into how to navigate the notoriously ill-defined path to an entry-level PM job.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Data Analytics (Davis Family Library 105B)

Aaron Krivitzky ‘09.5 speaks about how modern businesses use data to make decisions. He will explain how certain core competencies with data can help liberal arts majors leverage many different careers in technology. You will also learn about how the data analysis landscape has changed since the widespread adoption of cloud-driven technologies. Aaron currently works at Mixpanel as a Solutions Architect. 

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Digital Media, Marketing, and Advertising (Davis Family Library 105A)

Jamie Crepps ‘10 will speak to her experience working on the business side of Google (spoiler: you don’t need to be an engineer to work at Google!) in a variety of sales, marketing and global strategy roles. She will share more about what her day to day looks like, how liberal arts prepared her to be successful in the technology field as a non-engineer, what skillsets she looks for when hiring candidates, tips on how to get started in the field, and how to prepare for an interview.

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Technology in the Biomedical Research Field  (Davis Family Library, 105B)

Peter Jacoby '01 will share his experiences working in technology roles in the healthcare and biomedical research fields for over 15 years. More than just an IT service provider, many companies now position internal groups as technical partners in clinical delivery and the drug discovery process. Peter will share guidance for those interested in learning more about technology careers in healthcare and biomedical research.

5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

The Tech Industry and New Policy Frontiers (Davis Family Library, 105A)

Victoria Grand ’95, Global Head of Policy Programs at Facebook will speak from an industry perspective on the emergence of policy matters facing the industry, the challenges, and how liberal arts majors can have a role in this arena.

Participating Alumni -

Click here to learn more about our alumni panelists!

Business Intelligence Analyst

Jackson Yang Photo

IBM Watson, 
Engagement Leader

Rachel Liddell Photo

MIT Sloan, 
MBA Candidate

Daniel Crepps Photo

Head of YouTube Core Ad Formats

Jamie Crepps Photo

Solutions Architect

Aaron Krivitzky Photo

Product Manager

Stefan Claypool Photo

Novartis Institutes for 
BioMedical Research, 
Principal Software Engineer


Peter Jacoby Photo

Global Head of Policy Programs

Victoria Grand Photo