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.
- Surya's knowledge of business through his involvement in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program enabled him to communicate complex topics in comprehendible ways, further developing his soft skills
- It takes lots of practice and a motivation to learn in order to grasp programming. Surya talked about how practicing for interviews rigorously helped him succeed in gaining internships at JPMorgan Chase and Amazon.
- Surya says that having knowledge in business and computer science allows you to succeed in project management roles, where you can see the big picture behind a project and communicate across different levels.
- Within the pharmacy world lies a variety of career paths. Niha talked about how you could be a community pharmacist or an industry pharmacist, or even work in government agencies and nuclear pharmacy. There are so many options within pharmacy where you can make an impact.
- In order to be a successful pharmacist, Niha says that it is important to have a strong science background, particularly in chemistry
- Niha suggests that in order to have a better understand of whether pharmacy is the right field for you, you should shadow a pharmacist or volunteer at a hospital to immerse yourself in the medical setting. In addition, network as much as possible.
- Dr. Atanda emphasizes the importance of time-management; being a surgeon requires committing to a dynamic schedule, so having the ability to know your priorities and manage your time will help you in the long run.
- The satisfaction and the reward of helping someone, especially a young child, overcome a challenge is what drives Dr. Atanda to keep working. Being a surgeon enables you to have a wide, profound impact on others.
- Dr. Atanda says that communication and good hand-eye coordination skills are imperative to grasp as a surgeon.
- Drones are not just toys people can play with. Sgt. Reid and Ms. Cantwell have utilized drones to do survey assessments of hurricane damage, 3D modeling, and inspections. Drones are versatile machines that can boost efficiency of work and gather immense data.
- The field of drones entails many careers. There are electrical engineers, air traffic controllers, repairers, and CAD/CAM engineers that work heavily with drones. Both speakers encourage that working with drones does not solely correlate with flying drones.
- In order to be a drone pilot, one must pass a few certifications, with extra certifications should one choose to specify in a specific field of drone piloting. These certifications range from thermography certifications to ones about FAA rules and regulations regarding drones. These certifications ensure your credibility and verified ability to fly drones.
- Challenge yourself in high school by taking Honors/AP classes. Not only will those classes prepare you for the rigor expected in college, but these classes will teach you study skills and habits that are useful for the future.
- When considering colleges, put extra weightage and close attention to the opportunities the college offers for career growth and development. Do not attend a college simply because of its prestige.
- Psychobiology is one of the more unique and growing pre-medical majors because of its distinctive combination between biology and psychology to study the biology and mechanisms behind the human mind.