Delia Mellis is the Director of Program and Faculty Development for the Bard Prison Initiative and an alum of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in History. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Delia discusses her passion for teaching and learning. She speaks at length about the Bard Prison Initiative, a program that extends teaching into six correctional facilities in New York State. She also talks about finding the motivation to finish her graduate degree.
The ins-and-outs of product development and portfolio management are often not taught in graduate school, which leaves students at a disadvantage when pursuing non-academic career paths.
Ma Sha is head of the bioprocess application labs at Eppendorf, a biotech company that develops products for laboratories around the world. He earned his PhD from the biochemistry program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Ma describes his current role in the company and how his role has changed over time. He discusses the hiring process, contrasts academic and industrial lab experiences, and emphasizes how a shift in mindset is necessary for all researchers transitioning to industry.
Transitioning to industry from academia is not as hard as some may think, but it does take time. When I realized that I wanted to leave the lab bench, I prepared myself and made a plan.
Devora Geller received her PhD in musicology from the Graduate Center. She is the Digital Preservation Manager at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Devora talks about how she began her job search while still in graduate school, the work she manages at YIVO, and how she uses her training from her PhD and previous experience every day.
It has been estimated by many studies—and confirmed by my own experience—that about 80% of job-seekers gain employment through some form of networking, referrals, and recommendations. This is a huge problem for introverts because networking is daunting, intimidating, and scary.
Kick-Starting a Public Service Career: Fellowship and Internship Opportunities in State and Local Government
Government jobs offer graduates the opportunity to conduct interesting, challenging, and important research on public policy (not to mention perks like relative job stability, health care and retirement benefits, fixed pay scales, and time off).
Denys Katerenchuk is a Senior Data Scientist at IBM and a PhD candidate in the Graduate Center's Program in Computer Science. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Denys talks about transitioning into tech industry jobs while completing the PhD and the similarities between industry and academia. He also discusses the surprising benefits he reaped by testing his own skills and abilities on the open job market.
The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development (CP&PD) supports the Graduate Center’s students in exploring career paths and achieving their professional goals.
A teaching statement should detail the underlying beliefs that inform the way you structure your courses and interact with students. When reading your statement, hiring committees will be looking to assess whether or not you can meet the teaching demands of the institution, if your teaching style aligns within the department, and how students will benefit from your instruction.
Allannah Karas earned her PhD in Classics from the Graduate Center. She is an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Allannah talks about her position at Valparaiso and the benefits of working in a small private university. She also lays out some of her strategies from the job search and her tips for networking as a new junior faculty member.
Jonathan Hill is an Excelsior Fellow in the policy and planning department at the New York State department of transportation. Jonathan earned his PhD in history at the Graduate Center in 2018. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jon tells us about the joys of using research skills to make an impact on civic infrastructure; the surprising benefits of asking quote-unquote stupid questions; and how to negotiate the changing terms of your professional identity when you carry your PhD to work outside the ivory tower.
Elida Jbeili earned her Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from the Graduate Center. She is Director of Communications and Media at Lebanese American University for North America. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Elida talks about the various benefits of working in a nonprofit and how her career has developed as she's moved between different organizations.
Academic administrators play vital roles in the larger university ecosystem, as well as provide direct support to students, faculty, and other staff. These positions enable you to put your degree to work in intellectually and personally fulfilling ways.
Michelle McSweeney is director of data quality at Converseon, a social media analytics and consulting agency. Michelle earned her PhD in linguistics at the Graduate Center in 2016. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Michelle tells us about how to negotiate a job offer and earn what you’re really worth; the rewards and drawbacks of shifting your professional identity after academia; and how following your interests—even when they might seem incompatible at face value—can ultimately empower and even transform the value of your work and help you stand out on the job market.
Astrid Rodriguez earned her PhD in educational psychology from the Graduate Center. She currently works at NYU managing Student Success initiatives in Enrollment Management. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Astrid talks about the importance of enrollment management efforts in pursuing universities' missions. She also discusses how an administrative position in higher education can be rewarding for graduates who want to have a positive impact on students' lives.
Lisa Tagliaferri is a postdoctoral fellow in MIT's digital humanities program. She earned her PhD in the comparative literature program at the GC in 2017, and she spent several years outside academia working as a community manager and developer educator at the cloud computing company Digital Ocean. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Lisa tells us about the value of tapping into personal interests that can lead you down seemingly divergent paths, but that can ultimately enrich your academic and professional work in unexpected ways; how to bridge education and advocacy work through radical mentorship; and the advantages of applying your research skills to exploring the wide world of job opportunities beyond academia.
A research statement is a map for your career as a researcher, expanding on how you describe your research in your cover letter. A research statement should document a three- to five-year plan that lays out attainable goals.
Jay Blair is assistant professor of geography and anthropology at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Jay earned his PhD in the anthropology program at the GC, before taking a Mellon public fellowship with the American Council for Learned Societies. His ACLS fellowship placed him with an environmental advocacy nonprofit organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In this episode, Jay talks about the pro's and con's of applying your research skills in a nonprofit organization; how to tell your professional story in ways that let you bridge academic research and advocacy work; and why the constraints of an unpredictable academic job market might actually push you to rediscover passions and skills you might have sidelined during your PhD.