Tuesday, May 01, 2018
The BEST Program encourages and support BESTies to explore career options in different ways. Carolyn Chlebek, Biomedical Engineering, did just that by attending the WELocal conference in Providence on April 20-21 which offered the opportunity to attend 35+ sessions over two-days and join in several networking opportunities that embrace the local qualities of Providence.
"The WELocal Providence conference was a great opportunity to network with female engineers across industry and academia. The conference featured inspiring keynote speakers, such asShannon O'Brien, who spoke on her efforts in public policy and work with women's organizations. The sessions provided attendees with insight into topics such as starting your own business, planning for retirement, and better communication practices. Particularly, the communication-focused sessions that stood out included (1) discussing microaggressions and their prevention, (2) understanding company-wide policies across a multi-generational workforce, and (3) developing a formula to use to deliver bad news effectively." C. Chlebek
Jui-Yun Liao, Plant Biology, took a different path via the Cornell Career Services Alumni Connection Program and arranged on-site interviews with Cornell Alumni with explicit goals: gather more information about the jobs, seek the advice from Cornell alumni with similar education background, and recruit Cornell alumni as career mentor in the non-academic field.