Chang Chung earned his PhD in environmental psychology at the Graduate Center in 2013. He recently left his job as a researcher specializing in program evaluation and policy research for the FDNY Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Fire Department of New York. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Chang talks about the value of trying out unexpected things during your PhD program, the similarities and differences between academic research and working for a nonprofit, and the importance of being able to translate your research into actionable insights to make an impact in your chosen field of work.
Bren Cavallo earned his PhD in Mathematics from the Graduate Center. He's a data scientist at M Science, a data-driven research and analytics firm that uses unconventional data sets to uncover strategic insights on trends for leading financial institutions and corporations. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Bren talks about the similarities and differences between data science and academic research; how agile design sprints can enhance your productivity; and the benefits of taking a bootcamp to sharpen your skills and work portfolio for emerging tech jobs where credentials are always evolving.
Neil Hernandez is an Asylum Officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Neil earned his PhD in the Political Science Program at the Graduate Center. In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Neil tells us about the rewards of blending practice and theory in public administration, the rewards of making a difference in people’s lives by understanding and affecting policy implementation, and the different ways that qualitative research skills he gained during his PhD have helped him thrive in his role at the agency.
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.