50 episodes

The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York presents a podcast for Graduate Center students by Graduate Center students. Graduate Center alumni share their professional journeys and tips for the job search to help current students navigate the ins and outs of career planning.

Alumni Aloud Office of Career Planning & Professional Development

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    • 4.8, 6 Ratings

The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York presents a podcast for Graduate Center students by Graduate Center students. Graduate Center alumni share their professional journeys and tips for the job search to help current students navigate the ins and outs of career planning.

    Earth and Environmental Science at NYC Urban Soils Institute (feat. Anna Paltseva)

    Earth and Environmental Science at NYC Urban Soils Institute (feat. Anna Paltseva)

    Anna Palsteva is a researcher at the NYC Urban Soils Institute where she studies soil contamination and remediation. She also teaches at Brooklyn College, New York University, New York Botanical Gardens, and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She graduated from the PhD Program in Earth and Environmental Science at the Graduate Center.

    In this episode of Alumni Aloud, we learn how Anna is cultivating a name for herself as a soil expert in New York City and beyond. She discusses her projects in both the community and in academia, her collaborations with colleagues in the U.S. and internationally, and how to create research connections and opportunities.

    This episode’s interview was conducted by Abbie Turner. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

    • 33 min
    Physics at Bruker BioSpin (feat. Antonios Papaioannou)

    Physics at Bruker BioSpin (feat. Antonios Papaioannou)

    Antonios Papaioannou is an Application Scientist at Bruker BioSpin, a magnetic resonance and preclinical imaging instrumentation company. Bruker is based out of Millerica, MA, but Antonios works at the BioSpin office in Rheinstetten, Germany. He earned his PhD in Physics from the Graduate Center.

    In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Antonios tells us about searching and applying for jobs internationally, the importance of internships, and the similarities and differences between teaching and his current customer-facing responsibilities.

    This episode’s interview was conducted by Carly Batist. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

    • 26 min
    Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience at BGB Group (feat. Miguel Briones)

    Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience at BGB Group (feat. Miguel Briones)

    Miguel Briones is a Senior Medical Writer at the BGB Group, a medical communications agency based in New York City. He earned his PhD in Psychology from the Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience subprogram at the Graduate Center.

    In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Miguel tells us about his experiences in data science and medical writing. He discusses how medical writers work with other companies in the pharmaceutical industry and shares the importance of leveraging your existing connections.

    This episode’s interview was conducted by Jonathan Perelmuter and edited with Carly Batist. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

    This podcast episode was produced by a Graduate Center student who participated in an Alumni Aloud fellowship offered through the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development. This programming was sponsored by the CUNY Central Office Career Success – Workforce Development Initiative.

    • 30 min
    Developmental Psych at Education Through Music (feat. Leighann Starkey)

    Developmental Psych at Education Through Music (feat. Leighann Starkey)

    Leighann Starkey is a graduate of the PhD Program in Psychology, with a specialization in developmental psychology, at the Graduate Center. She is now Director of Evaluation at Education Through Music.



    In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Leighann explains what evaluation at a nonprofit looks like and provides advice on how to find a nonprofit you would want to work for. She also shares her personal experience recognizing her ADHD symptoms while in graduate school.



    This episode’s interview was conducted by Abbie Turner. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

    • 33 min
    Urban Ed in Racial Justice (feat. Natalia Ortiz)

    Urban Ed in Racial Justice (feat. Natalia Ortiz)

    Natalia Ortiz is Director of Programs at the Center for Racial Justice in Education, a nonprofit based out of New York City. She earned her PhD in Urban Education at the Graduate Center.

    In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Natalia walks us through her process of applying to the PhD program while being a full-time public school teacher, transitioning to new work while finishing her dissertation, and managing her time between writing, work, and family.

    This episode’s interview was conducted by Abbie Turner. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

    • 28 min
    Earth and Environmental Science at StormSensor (feat. Suzie Housley)

    Earth and Environmental Science at StormSensor (feat. Suzie Housley)

    Suzie Housley is an alum of the Graduate Center's PhD Program in Earth and Environmental Science. She is a subject matter expert at StormSensor, a water infrastructure tech company.

    In this episode of Alumni Aloud, Suzie details her interdisciplinary approach to work and how she found a perfect professional fit for her skills and interests. She also discusses the logistics of working remotely and setting boundaries to achieve a better work-life balance.

    This episode’s interview was conducted by Abbie Turner. The music is “Corporate (Success)” by Scott Holmes.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

anthroexperience ,

Useful, informative, wide-ranging show

It's great that they get a wide variety of perspectives on non-academic careers. As a graduate student, it often feels unclear how to get insight on switching careers. There's a wealth of good advice here. I feel optimistic!

Spinnyc ,

Valuable information

I love that you can hear career advice in this podcast that you might otherwise never get. This should be required listening for all grad students thinking about their career possibilities.

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