Susan Tsang is an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) policy fellow placed in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is a graduate of the Biology PhD Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Susan tells us about the specifics of applying to the AAAS fellowship and what it's like working as a scientist on policy for the federal government.
If you’ve heard of gamification, it’s likely this comes in a pejorative context that connotes manipulation. Maybe someone decides your trusty banking app needs to be more “gamified,” which just… Read the rest
Sara Remedios is an Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic and Learning Initiatives at Columbia University School of General Studies. She is a graduate of the PhD Program in English at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Sara shares her journey from the GC into student services at Columbia. She also explains the benefits of joining admin for graduates who want to stay close to academia.
Jessica Sperling is Manager of Evaluation & Engagement at Duke's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Education and Human Development Incubator (EHDi). She received her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Jessica shares her advice for entering into the world of evaluation. She also shares her experiences with the academic versus non-academic job market.
Suzanna Goldblatt Clark is a user experience researcher at multinational software company Adobe, and is finishing her PhD in Anthropology at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Zan talks about transitioning into the technology sector, the advantages of having an academic background, and how the teaching and research skills she honed at the GC have made her uniquely valuable to her company.
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Government jobs can offer graduates the opportunity to conduct interesting, challenging, and important research (not to mention… Read the rest
Julia Gruberg works at the Center for Faith and Community Partnerships at the NYC Mayor's Office. She got this position after taking an internship with the New York State Assembly Graduate Internship Program. Julia has a Masters in Liberal Studies from the GC. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, she speaks to us about the satisfactions of working in the public sector, and how academic training prepares you for a wider range of career possibilities than you might expect.
The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development is dedicated to providing our graduate students with career related guidance. Specifically, we have been working to bring to our students a… Read the rest
Andy Bast is an Associate Producer for 60 Minutes at CBS. He earned his Masters of Arts degree in Political Science in 2009 from the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Andy talks with us about how he landed his job and how his time at the Graduate Center helped his career. He also offers some advice on how to leverage skills from graduate school in a competitive market.
Ivo Vigan is a computer programmer and research analyst at Bloomberg LP, a financial software and media company based in New York. Ivo earned his PhD in Computer Science at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Ivo talks about running his own startup as a student, how life in the private sector can be surprisingly similar to life in academia, and how his PhD gives him key skills to create value at his new company.
Brea Tremblay graduated from the Graduate Center's Masters of Liberal Studies program with a concentration in international affairs. She has worked as a writer and editor at multiple media companies and now she handles content strategy at Viacom. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Brea talks with us about her own journey and gives advice for graduate students thinking about careers in media.
Janette Yarwood is Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. When this interview was recorded, though, Janette worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she was Chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Area Studies program at the Foreign Service Institute. Janette earned her PhD in Anthropology at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Janette talks about her reasons for pursuing a career in government, the advantages her academic training gives her, as well as the satisfactions that come with applying her skills to make a difference in international affairs.
Allison de Cerreno has a PhD in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. She now works as Assistant Director for Policy and Business Programs in the Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Allison's job focuses on tolling operations, revenue forecasting, facility planning and traffic analysis, as well as toll and transportation policy. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Allison offers advice to students considering careers outside academia, and shares how the skills she developed as a PhD student have helped her in her career.
Introduction: About Design Thinking
As a graduate student, you have a knowledge base and skill-set that makes you an attractive candidate to prospective employers in industry, government, and nonprofit sectors.… Read the rest