Here, we highlight key pieces of advice that our past speakers have shared with our audience. We want to share this with everyone so that everyone can benefit from our past speakers' pool of advice.
September 21st, 2020 - Brian Sneed (R&D Scientist at Cabot Microelectronics):
- Two pieces of literature Brian highly recommended for reading are
- The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy
- Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story by Randy Olson
- Brian also emphasized that you don't have to be smart to pursue a Ph.D. Creativity, ability to deal with failure, determination, and persistence are the key traits necessary
- Brian shared that many careers are interdisciplinary, so don't feel like your restricted in the fact that you need to stick with one field! Explore your other areas of interest!
- Tanveer stressed that to pursue a field in data science, one can ideally gain knowledge in computer science and/or statistics; however, you can definitely gain domain expertise (expertise in any field) and pursue a data science career with it
- According to Tanveer, computer programming language Python is a must-know in data science; it is imperative to learn Python to be a successful data scientist due to the array of tasks you can execute with Python
- Online learning sites like Coursera, Codecademy, and Kaggle can teach you the skills necessary to become a data scientist
- Samantha encourages to choose classes that excite and interest you. She took courses about horticulture, hydrology, and earth science because it intrigued her, thus propelling her to pursue a career in environmental science
- Samantha recommends to start research and networking early so you can gain valuable internship experiences
- Strong communication skills are key in environmental science because one needs to be able to present and share his/her research to others
- Dr. Shukla advises that it does not matter exactly what you major in–as long as you meet the prerequisites for medical school–; remember that you have something that is unique to you and you can bring to the table, so never abandon your passions
- Dr. Shukla stressed the importance of seeking shadowing opportunities to gain exposure in your interests. Dr. Shukla's interest in dentistry was sparked by a doctor shadow, which therefore indicates the significance of being able to learn from a professional in the field of your interest
- Dr. Shukla's favorite part about being a dentist is being able to have a positive influence on others. She encourages that if you want to seek that impact on others, being a dentist will allow you to, in Dr. Shukla's words, "create art in the mouth," and benefit patients.
- Read the news! Dhruv strongly encourages to read the news everyday because the news provides so much insight into our world and what is going on around us.
- Dhruv believes that developing your people skills are critical to being a successful professional in the cybersecurity field. This is because you must be able to explain to all different audiences how to protect themselves from the internet's challenges. Not only must one understand the ethics and different regulations behind cybersecurity, but also educate others and develop collaborative skills.
- Cybersecurity is a versatile field with endless options! Dhruv provided many examples of how cybersecurity can be applicable to not only information technology fields, but even the government, healthcare, and at airports.
- Isha advises that it is as important to know what you don't like as much as what you do like, since that will help you find what disciplines/fields you are interested in and unravel your skills
- Say "yes" to opportunities. Throughout the webinar, Isha elaborated about the positive impact her extracurriculars, study abroad program, and internships had on moldering her career, so take advantage of the opportunities around you.
- Along with taking on opportunities, network as much as possible. Isha talked about how talking with others helped her gain a lot of knowledge about mechanical engineering.
- Rohin strongly encourages students to take initiative and seek opportunities to create projects that teach you new skills. That will help you be a successful computer science student
- You don't need to have programming knowledge to make it into a computer science undergraduate program! Rohin talked about how he has worked with people who have never coded before, yet those people still accomplish many things.
- Rohin talked about when applying for jobs/internships, employers want to see your problem solving abilities. They do not care much about your GPA; they want to see your ability to solve problems and work with others.