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GOLD Summit Digs into Digital

Interviewing for a job? Maybe you should ask the interviewer a couple of questions of your own, Shelly Palmer P'11,'13 suggests. "What keeps you up at night? What is your biggest problem?"

A candidate who can offer digital solutions will be particularly valuable to an organization, Palmer told Hamilton's GOLD Summit in April, part of the College's annual Volunteer Weekend. And those solutions, said the author of Get Digital: Reinventing Yourself and Your Career for the 21st Century Economy, must be imaginative as well as technical: "We are in a culture where technique can be mistaken for creativity."

It was a theme that would be woven among Volunteer Weekend activities as alumni, students and parents gathered on the Hill to talk and learn about the value of smart networking and the role of social media in building careers. Blake Darcy '78, CEO of online money management firm Formula Investing, spoke about building a personal brand and the nuances involved in communicating with alumni of various ages. Other sessions focused on using digital media in professional development; on job searches and leadership; and on the value of the liberal arts in pursuing and changing careers.

In a professional world that is evolving into "only data points," Palmer said, liberal arts graduates have the ability to "synthesize and offer solutions, add opinion and context to data."

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