Thursday, March 16, 2017
On March 13-15, the Graduate School in partnership with the BEST Program brought 26 doctoral students to Washington D.C. to explore careers in government, attend panels with alumni involved in a range of disciplines and non-academic employment sectors, and participate in various networking events. BESTies who took part in the symposium are: Aaron Joiner (BMCB), Michael McCoy & Nashaat Rasheed (Biomedical Engineering), Bo Yang (Mechanical Engineering), Mariely Medina-Rivera (Food Science and Technology), Martin Ian Malgapo (Molecular Medicine), and Lucia Borlle, (Animal Science). Since that event, additional trainees participating in the trip joined the BEST Program: Abby Goldman and Matthew Stangaferro.
Networking with Cornell alumni, along with informational interviews, helped participants explore the details of what it would be like to work in various sectors of government, non-profits, small businesses and industry, to rule in or out if that career pathway was for them. In addition the practice describing their research, among peers and with mentors, helped trainees tailor their summary of work to various audiences.
The Non-Academic Career Explorations symposium was made possible by an Alumni Engagement Grant from the Office of the Provost and by support from the Cornell BEST Program, and was organized by Cornell and Georgetown University staff.
Organizers: (in photo, from l to r) Owen Agho, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Enrichment, Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Sara Hernandez, Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement; Katrina Randolph, Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Office of Career Development and Alumni Engagement, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University; Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, Cornell BEST Program; and Caleb C. McKinney ‘07, Assistant Director of Career Strategy and Professional Development, Georgetown Medical Center.
See the article in the Graduate School newsletter here and what are the two most important substantial things some participants shared with us:
Caleb C. McKinney, PhD, Assistant Director, Career Strategy & Professional Development, Georgetown University shared with us the federal resume resources presented at the Career Options Symposium: Health and Human Services Presentation. Use this link to download the pdf document.