Graduate Students Attend Job Fair
On September 23 and 24, Dartmouth graduate students from different departments exchanged their lab coats for suits or put their theses work aside in order to head to the Hopkins Center for the Employer Connections Job Fair. Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs, Kerry Landers, previously established a partnership with the Undergraduate Career Services Office to open up the opportunity for graduate students to attend the fair. Over the past several years, interest in recruiting graduate students has only grown. From the Peace Corps and Teach for America to Bain & Company and Microsoft, the fair has options for students from diverse educational backgrounds and with a variety of career interests. This year, 135 Arts and Sciences graduate students and 148 graduate students from Thayer School of Engineering attended the event.
Overall, feedback on the job fair from graduate students was very positive. Kelly Shepardson, a student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program, remarked, “I talked to a few of the non-profit education groups. Traditionally they get a majority of bachelor’s degree candidates, but they are receptive to graduate students applying. It gives you a chance to ask questions and to get to know more about the programs.” Marie Onakomaiya, a Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (PEMM) graduate student, talked to representatives from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, City Year, and IMS Consulting Group. IMS has “a pipeline” for advanced degree holders that she was referred to. Dae Gon Ha, an MCB student, said it was his second time attending a Dartmouth career fair, and he felt that as a graduate student, the consulting firm representatives made him feel welcome.
Other graduate student attendees included Regina Salvat (engineering), Pingping Mao (PEMM), and Archana Murali (MCB); each attended the fair because of their interests in management and healthcare consulting. The fair allowed them to talk informally with recruiters about company culture and discover opportunities for advanced degree holders. Additionally, among the recruiters were two graduate alumni, Uciane Scarlett (MCB) and Alex Busch (PEMM), representing Clarion Healthcare and Putnam Associates, respectively.
The Graduate Studies Office wants to remind students that they are welcome to schedule an appointment with Kerry Landers to discuss additional career options and application materials. Students are also encouraged to participate in the professional development workshops sponsored by the Graduate Studies Office.
We wish all of our students luck in their career search!
by Amanda Balboni
photos by Amanda Balboni