Advice from fellow Vermonters

by Hannah Johnson

Eva McKend

Eva’s Advice:  “I would say take advantage of every opportunity in high school. High school is not too early to get an internship. You really should be
interning, going to school during the day and doing internships. Freshman year of college is not too early to really network and get as much hands-on experience and face time as you possibly can.”

What is your job title?  “I am an anchor at WCAX”
When did you graduate high school? “I graduated from Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York City in 2007”

Standing out online LinkedIn expert: Kate Paine

by Hannah Johnson

For 25 years, Kate Paine has been in the public relations (PR) and marketing world in Vermont. She has worked for businesses and companies in the private sector and for the non-profit side as well. She enjoyed public relations more because it involves helping people be seen by others for their subject matter experience. Today, this is called spot leadership, which is what we use to identify an expert that knows a certain subject on a deep level.

What to know about Student Loans

by Hannah Johnson

Student loans are something most students must consider to go to college. It is important to understand the differences between federal and private loans as well as what can go wrong if you can’t pay it off. Student loans aren’t meant to be something scary, but sometimes, things don’t go as planned and they can turn scary. Here is what you need to know about private and federal loans for college.

Young Vermonters in Politics

by Emma Marc-Aurele

Rachel Feldman

Chief of Staff for Phil Scott, Age 32 

Montpelier resident Rachel Feldman did not always live in Vermont. In fact, it was a summer camp, Farm and Wilderness in Plymouth, her parents sent her to when she was nine that sparked her love for the great green state of Vermont. 

The now chief of staff for Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott explains how those five years of summer camp changed her life, “It was the first time this nerdy kid who got teased in school, found friends who accepted me for who I am.” 

Tips on utilizing credit

by Beth Pearce, Vermont State Treasurer

Young adults face unique financial needs that are sometimes overlooked or underestimated. You’ve probably noticed that there are many financial products and services available to you – credit cards, different types of loans, and saving and investment accounts, to name a few. It can be difficult to know how to approach these money management tools. Here are some important tips about utilizing credit.


 Manage your credit wisely 

Manners still matter: How to keep social media professional

by Emma Marc-Aurele

Social media isn’t just for posting pictures of your #WildWeekend, but can actually help prepare you for a future career.

Personal branding - using social networking to create a public image of yourself - is number two on the Wall Street Journal’s list of must-have job skills for 2013.

Human-resources executives scour blogs, Twitter, Facebook and professional networking sites such as LinkedIn when researching candidates and it’s important that they like what they find, according to the Journal.

Where To Live: When You Live In Vermont (That Isn’t Burlington)

by Ayla Yersel

Looking for an apartment? Maybe you’re just looking for a fun place to visit this summer—or you think rent in Burlington is just too expensive for your budget? NextUp staff has profiled a few Vermont towns that might appeal to young people (without breaking the bank). 


The Breakdown: What You Need to Know About...

1. Brattleboro, VT

Population: 12,046

Average Income: $38,478 (2011)

Median rent: $850


Why They Stayed: Vermonters’ Stories of Why They Chose To Live In the State

Vermont. Some love it—others leave it. So what draws people to the state (and what makes others leave)?

These were a couple of the questions researchers with the Vermont Migration Roots Survey tried to answer. 

In this 2015 survey, researchers asked volunteers a few simple questions-- why did current Vermont residents stay in or return to the state, and why did others leave?

The survey received far more responses than researchers expected, totaling a whopping 3,692 from people between the ages of 15 and 91. 


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