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Friday, February 16, 2018
What's involved in Governance, Risk, and Compliance?

by Sarah Oluwabusayo Adeyemo, Research Associate in the School of Integrative Plant Science Section of Soil and Crop Science

On Monday, the 12th of February, 2018, graduate students and postdocs came together to learn first-hand from expert panelists as they shared their career trajectories into positions in research administration at Cornell, non-profit, and industry sectors. The Navigating your Future Series: BEST Careers in Governance, Risk and Compliance was moderated by BESTie Celine Cammarata, a graduate student in Drs Rosa and Anderson lab at the College of Human Ecology. About 20 graduate and postdoctoral students were in the audience from different departments and fields.

Serendipity, talent and opportunity resonated with all three panelists as key inputs to their successes as they shared their personal career progression experiences. They answered participants’ questions regarding work/life balance, transferable skills and the necessity (or not) for additional degrees in order to function effectively in their roles. Employment opportunity and future collaborative efforts on a Research Administration Certificate Program for grad students and postdocs were some of the highlights of the panel.


“I personally enjoyed the panel discussion. The panelists have such beautiful transition stories and ultimately, everyone will have to create their own career path”

"The takeaways for me were that there are many possible career outcomes for me that I had no idea existed and that have true appeal, and that if I plan things right, take advantage of opportunities while I'm still here at Cornell I can be well positioned to slip right into them with open eyes as to the pros and cons as well as what skills I'll be able to learn in those positions."

 We asked attendees what is the most important knowledge you gained?

"The breath of skills learned in the PhD that are not only useful but sought after in academia, industry, and non-profits."

"The importance of outside academic experience"

"Discussion of wide range of possible paths and encouragement towards informal skills training."

"Learning about careers and networking."

"Flexibility. Variation from training."

"Apply even if it does not fully match your background."

"More well rounded about other opportunities, and how to approach them."