Doctoral students attend career symposium in D.C.

Monday, April 10, 2017

On March 13-15, the Graduate School and the Cornell BEST Program partnered to bring 27 doctoral students and candidates from a range of fields to Washington, D.C. for the Non-Academic Career Explorations symposium, a multi-day event featuring panels and networking opportunities between Cornell graduate students and alumni of Cornell and Georgetown who represented a range of disciplines and non-academic employment sectors.


The first day of the symposium was hosted at Georgetown University and included a panel on careers in government. Though more panels were scheduled for the second day, Georgetown closed due to inclement weather, and so the Graduate School organized professional development workshops and networking receptions for the remainder of the symposium. One of the workshops was led by Ph.D. candidate and 2016 TED Resident Abram Coetsee, who spoke on how to give a TED-style talk. 

Throughout the symposium, participants were also asked to schedule informational interviews with the alumni of their choosing to learn more about searching for and landing a non-academic career position.

The Non-Academic Career Explorations symposium was made possible by an Alumni Engagement Grant from the Office of the Provost and by support from the Cornell BEST Program, and was organized by Cornell and Georgetown staff, including Sara Xayarath Hernandez, Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement, Cornell Graduate School; Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, Cornell BEST Program; Caleb C. McKinney ‘07, Assistant Director of Career Strategy and Professional Development, Georgetown Medical Center; Owen Agho-Assistant Director of Graduate Student Enrichment, Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and Mike Schaub-Executive Director, Georgetown Cawley Career Education Center.

Image caption: Owen Agho, Sara Hernandez, Katrina Randolph (Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Office of Career Development and Alumni Engagement, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown), Susi Varvayanis, Caleb McKinney