Richard Ocejo is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He earned his PhD at the Graduate Center in 2009. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Richard talks about what it’s like to make the career jump from graduate school to a tenure-track position, how to think about your professional development over the course of your PhD studies, his top tips to help you stand out on the academic job market, and how to hack your productivity in any job—whether it’s academic or non-academic.
In my three previous blog postings about Interviewing, I assumed the situation of an in-person interview. Today, I want to discuss remote interviews where you and the interviewer are not… Read the rest
Jeff Diamant is Senior Writer and Editor at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in History from the Graduate Center in 2016. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jeff talks with us about the academic and journalistic environment at Pew, and the most helpful skills he learned while at the Graduate Center.
Michelle Fisher is assistant curator in the department of European Decorative Art and Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When this interview was recorded, she was curatorial assistant in MOMA's Architecture and Design department. She is currently finishing her PhD in the Graduate Center's Art History Program. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Michelle speaks with us about life as a curator, her ongoing investment in academia, and the satisfying ways in which working for a museum blends her research, teaching, and design skills in educating diverse audiences.
ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool that helps PhD students in the humanities and social sciences explore a range of non-academic professions. Humanities and social sciences… Read the rest
Ben Zweig and Jonathan DeBusk are alumni of the Graduate Center's PhD Programs in Economics and Sociology, respectively. Both now work at IBM. Ben is a managing data scientist, and Jonathan is a senior managing strategy consultant. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Ben and Jonathan explain what their jobs look like on a typical work week. They also give practical advice to those who are considering using their data skills in a corporate environment.
Yoni Reinberg is chief technology officer and web developer at Social Ink, a Brooklyn-based web design and development startup that serves educational, artistic, and purpose-driven nonprofit institutions. Yoni is a graduate of the Anthropology PhD Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Yoni tells us why his dissertation allowed him to explore social problems that led to starting a business; how he began freelancing while he was still in graduate school; and how his research and teaching skills benefit him today as an entrepreneur.
This post was revised from a previous post by Emily Seamone published July 1, 2016.
What Are Transferable Skills?
Most likely you have heard the term “transferable skills” before, especially… Read the rest
Vanessa Burrows is a historian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She is a graduate of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in History. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Vanessa discusses her job search process, the skills she uses in her work, and the rewards of being a civil servant. Vanessa found her experience conducting research with federal records in the National Archives and the Library of Congress to be a critical qualification for her current position, and that work afforded skills and familiarity with records that she now calls on frequently in her daily work.
Cait Field is the Freshkills Park Manager for Science and Research Development within the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She graduated from the Psychology PhD Program at the Graduate Center with a concentration in Behavioral Neurobiology. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Cait tells us about getting her job while finishing the dissertation, working with researchers in the city government, and the lessons she's learned from transferring her skills to her new career.
Kara Alaimo is a global public relations consultant and assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Kara talks about her transition from international politics to academia, and how being able to engage audiences outside of academia yields unexpected rewards.
This past Fall, the GC Provost’s Office launched a new initiative to provide faculty and students greater resources for statistical support in quantitative and empirical research. The Quantitative Research Consulting… Read the rest