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Friday, February 12, 2016
Tips for BEST careers in Governance, Risk and Compliance

The most recent Careers for PhDs in Governance, Risk and Compliance panel discussion revealed varying perspectives on the way graduate students can use their skills in fields beyond academia. Sharing their personal stories and generous advice, alumnae Eldora Ellison, Director in the Biotech/Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, Fox and Amy Godert, Associate Director of Cornell's Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), along with Colleen McLinn, Director of Cornell University's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL) spoke to an engaged audience filled with questions moderated by BEST Advisory Board member Aaron Joiner.

Takeaways?

You can get paid to go to law school
You do not have to be a JD to be a patent litigator
You can pass the patent bar tomorrow without any JD training; you can start as a patent agent thereafter

Love what you do; find what you love
Careers are not usually linear-have patience and learn from everything you do
Planning is great, but flexibility to seize and create opportunities is greater

Parting advice to attendees?

"Don't confuse credentials with being smart; don't confuse being smart with being effective," Eldora Ellison.