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Quick Bytes: Connecting with Invisible Opportunities

Practice the art of informational interviews and make connections with other grad students in this preview of the popular d.school course, Designing the Professional.

Kathy Davies, lecturer and managing director, d.life Lab

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Join the virtual session at 12PM on Thurs., Apr. 23 via Zoom. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you once you register for the session.

Quick Bytes: How Informational Interviews Can Help You Find the Right Career and Land the Job You Want

Informational interviews are the most powerful networking and career exploration tools! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the steps for conducting an informational interview, including how to use LinkedIn to identify a potential interviewee and write an introductory email. You'll also learn how to compose a list of highly effective informational interview questions. You’ll leave this workshop feeling confident about holding informational interviews that will help you land the job you want!

Letters to a Young Engineer: Theresa Johnson, Product Manager (Airbnb)

Theresa works on new Payments technology platforms to accelerate belonging at Airbnb. Her other roles include angel investor, Sequoia Scout, where she has invested in over 10 early-stage startups. Theresa earned a BS, MS and PhD in engineering from Stanford University. During her PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford, she focused on satellite and space plasma computational physics.

Letters to a Young Engineer: Marissa West, Vehicle Chief Engineer (General Motors)

Marissa West is currently the Chief Engineer of the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Truck programs. As Vehicle Chief Engineer, West is leading the launch of GM’s all new heavy duty pick-up trucks which entails leading a large team of engineers across multiple functions to design, engineer and bring to market an incredibly important product with volumes of almost 300,000 units annually.

Letters to a Young Engineer: Janna Glaze, Mechanical Engineer (Intel)

Dr. Janna Glaze is a mechanical engineer researcher working for the Intel Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area where she develops sensors that allow for a variety of worldwide technologies to work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from UC Merced (2012) and her master’s and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (2016 and 2018). In 2012, while working for UNICEF Africa, Janna developed a pneumonia sensor that has become part of pneumonia-prevention kits now used.

Career Accelerator: Connect, Communicate, and Translate Your Academic Skills into Diverse Careers: Session 2

This interactive, two-session workshop provides tools and processes for PhD students to identify and communicate professional interests and transferable skills for careers beyond the professoriate. You will explore your interests and skills, translate your current experiences to audiences outside of academia, and initiate a plan to develop professional connections. You will work out your ideas in conversation with your graduate peers. The workshop will be especially useful for students who are early in their exploration of careers. 

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