5 Alternative Career Paths for Life Science PhDs

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I still remember when I first stepped foot onto the campus of the University of Albany. I’m a Long Island  native, so the school was by no means “new” to me. Not only did I have a few friends that were attending, but I also heard a lot of good things about the university as a whole. When you’re going into one of the “hard sciences”, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. For me, UAlbany was a no brainer: good reputation, fun student activities, and they were (partially) paying me to go there. It couldn’t get much better than that. Continue reading “5 Alternative Career Paths for Life Science PhDs”

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Albany Law School Open House for UAlbany Students

The Albany Law School is hosting an Open House just for UAlbany Students on February 9, 2018; Noon to 5pm.

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Register Today

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Albany Law School cordially invites
University at Albany students and alumni to Our Open House.
Registration is Required. Click Here to Register.


Friday, February 9, 2018
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Ave.
East Foyer


Agenda:

  • Refreshments
  • Welcome from current students, UAlbany Alums, and remarks from Dean Ouellette
  • Pathways to the Profession
  • Mock Class
  • Student & Faculty Panel
  • Financial Aid
  • Admissions Workshops
  • Reception & Closing Remarks with Faculty and Alumni

Take an optional tour of campus at the beginning or end of the event

Job and Internship Fair on February 14

UAlbany’s Job & Internship Fair is on February 14, 2018 in the SEFCU Arena from 12 – 5 pm

The Career Fair is open to ALL MAJORS and will have a range of employers from all industries; non-profit, healthcare, government, technology, education, business, science….etc. looking to hire students for internships and entry level positions opportunities. Do not miss this great opportunity to network with over 100 employers and find out what opportunities await after graduation. If you have not already started now is the time to think about life after college. Check out and learn about the employers that have registered so far https://albany.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/3578 and stay tuned for career and professional development workshops and events leading up to the career fair.

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Law Enforcement Careers & Internships

Careers & Internships in Law Enforcement
Friday, November 3rd in LC 24

  •  Do you know what it takes to be in the FBI or New York State Police?   
  • Are you interested in an internship with the DA’s office or the Albany County Sheriff’s office?
  • What about working for the Vermont State Police?
  • What opportunities are available through UPD?

COME FIND OUT THIS FRIDAY!!!!

Ask Questions.
Find out about Internship opportunities.
Apply for a job.

11:30      FBI

12:15      New York State Troopers

1:00         New York District Attorney’s Office
                 Looking for Interns for the Spring 2018 semester.

1:45         Vermont State Police
                 Hiring. If interested, please bring your resume to the event.

2:30         Albany County Sheriff’s   

3:15         University Police Department

 

Sponsored by the University at Albany Department of Criminal Justice

Self-Reflect to Self Direct

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Reflection is the key to growth. I find value in reflecting on past experiences because it helps me realize how far I’ve actually come. Right now, as I wrap up my third week of my first fall semester of grad school, I am able to reflect on how much I’ve grown since last fall.

A year ago, I was in my third week of my senior year, brainstorming post grad plans. I was torn between taking a gap year, going straight into grad school, going to Denver, CO; staying in Albany, NY; or going back home, to Queens, NY. I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. This was odd for me, as someone who loves to plan and know what my next steps are. But for some reason, when it came to post-graduate plans, I just could not figure it out. I put too much pressure on myself to make decisions on things that I needed time to think about. I knew my ultimate career goal was to become a special education teacher, but I was unsure of which path I should take to get there. I was so worried about making the “wrong” decision and choosing a path I would not be happy with.

I talked through my ideas as much as possible with friends and family, however, there is one resource on campus I wish I had taken more advantage of during my senior year. I wish I went to Career and Professional Development to talk to a Peer Career Advisor, who could have helped me narrow my choices. I think I became too overwhelmed because I had too many options. I bet you’re wondering, “How can having too many options be a bad thing?” It is when you are indecisive like myself. I am indecisive in almost every aspect of my life: when it comes to figuring out what I should eat, what to wear, what to do for post grad—you name it. I was given so many options from people I knew in the teaching profession; from Teach for America, Blue Engine Teaching Apprentice, Relay Graduate School for Education, Denver Literacy Fellow, City Year, UAlbany Special Education & Literacy II Program (ding ding ding…we have a winner), Queens College, St. John’s University, NYU, and the list goes on.

I was also torn between going straight into a job that would give me teaching experience right away, versus going into a teacher preparation, graduate school program that would teach me about things like classroom management so I would be better prepared. I was always told, “Experience is your best teacher.” I was also told, “It’s best to feel as prepared as possible before jumping into anything in life.”

I think a year ago, I had enough research done to figure out what my next steps should have been but I did not take the right steps to eliminate options that were not best fit for me. I was able to see myself in every environment that I was considering. It is important to consider getting rid of ideas and options that are not the best fit for your personality, values, needs, etc. It takes a lot of self-reflection to do this and I did not get to this point until March of my senior year. I went all those months, from September to March, not sure what environment was the best fit for me.

If there is any senior who is unsure about what they want to do, or where they want to go, first realize there is no “wrong” path when you are deciding between two or more options. Then realize what your needs and desires are, and truly look into all options to see which one is best fit for you. You just have to take it a step at a time. Process of elimination and weighing pros and cons never hurt. Don’t be afraid to be selfish with your decision. This is your life you are planning for!


Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories  – their voices.
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About the Author:
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Kerry D.
Class of 2017
Major: Psychology
Minors: English and Education
Blog Theme:
Pulled Back to Move Forward

Do You Want to be a Global Leader?

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience
Applications Due May 31st!

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What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and SUNY’s SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership for the Common Purpose Global Leadership Experience in New York City, July 10-13, 2017.

Develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world. Along with your fellow participants, you will play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing business, governments, and society today. A Global Leader Experience (GLE) gives you real and practical experiences, instills in you a global perspective, and challenges you to adapt and thrive in diverse situations. It equips you with the tools you need to lead change, now and in the future.

What happens?

The Challenge for 2017/2018 is “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” As a participant, you will explore this major world Challenge from a local perspective. You will meet visionary leaders from global businesses, governments and international not-for-profit organizations to help you and your fellow participants understand the Challenge in order to create innovative solutions. Best of all, you won’t be alone; you will build your connections and make new friends – and the solutions and knowledge you all build will be passed to participants on other GLEs around the world. Common Purpose runs GLEs in cities around the world, where large numbers of the world’s talent convene to study, so you will meet fellow students from across the globe amongst this diverse group of participants.

Please visit http://www.albany.edu/involvement/commonpurpose.shtml for more details and to apply before the May 31st deadline.

My Path is Bright

 

path-bannerThis last week I found myself making slow but deliberate steps towards my future, and it feels great to know that I am finally on a path.  In my last post I wrote about the impact of  meeting my favorite poet this week.  He inspired me to dig a little deeper and go for the things I want out of life, even if it is only for just now.  So this past weekend, not only have I have finally started my application to graduate school at the University at Albany, but I have decided what program and field of work I want to get into as well, though it may not be what you think.

Many of you may be thinking, “Oh you definitely applied to continue with your English students”, or “maybe she’ll start working on her MFA since she loves creative writing so much”. But nope, while these were all, definitely, real options that I have mulled over in my mind, I actually decided something completely out of the norm of what I ever thought I would be doing after graduation.  Continue reading “My Path is Bright”

Somewhere Towards the Horizon

I hope I haven’t already
driven past my greatest moments.

I hope there is something beautiful in the horizon
That’s just as impatient as I am.
Something so eager,
It wants to meet halfway.
A moment that is diligently staring at its watch, frustrated,
Butting at the seams
And wondering at the seams
And wondering what’s taking me so long to arrive.

Horizon – Rudy Francisco

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One of the biggest things influencing me this semester, is the question, “What will I do once the semester ends?”

Truthfully, I have never known what I would like to do after college.  All I knew was that I have always had a love for words.  I have always had a love for books, but poetry, as I have been expressing lately,  is something I really  just grew into.  When I was younger I didn’t much attention to it.  It was stories that that I liked.  Nonetheless, poetry has become a rock. Continue reading “Somewhere Towards the Horizon”

My New Motto

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Life in the humanities can be a struggle sometimes. Whether it is your parents who do not support what you are doing, or friends who think you should studying something more “reliable,” majoring in this field brings along headaches. I understand. As a matter of fact, there are several groups of people who understand the self-doubt that starts to build when people, who you thought were your biggest supporters, become your fiercest obstacles. I say this in the most respectful way possible since these people mean so much to me, but in all honesty, no one should stand in the way of you and your happiness or success. I am learning that there are many people who have felt the same way and are now thriving in their respective fields. Continue reading “My New Motto”

What can you do with a History Education?

antique-1751481_960_720A roundtable and discussion
with alumni, faculty, and students

Sponsored by the Chi Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta
University at Albany, SUNY

Tuesday March 7th , 6:30 to 8:00
Social Science 145
Light refreshments served
Undergraduate Majors and Graduates students welcome Continue reading “What can you do with a History Education?”