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.
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.
We consume most of our media, and even do a sizable amount of work, through smartphones and apps. Knowing how to protect your digital identity matters even more amidst the… Read the rest
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.
Earlier this week I sat down with Erin Garrow, a student fellow at the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development. Erin is part of the Graduate Writing Consultations team… Read the rest
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.
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.
Before you say a single word—whether to an interviewer, a new co-worker, a potential boss, or even a first date—you’ve already made a big impression.Whether you’re pursuing a career in… Read the rest
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.
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.