Hi! I am a sophomore at Brandeis University. I am an aspiring Chemistry and Biology major. I am also on the Varsity Baseball team here at Brandeis. I have learned a lot from my teammates, who I consider to be family. They have taught me how to work hard. Regarding advice, I am looking for my first real summer job/internship and I am a little overwhelmed. I would like to hear how alumni got their career started! Any advice will be useful. Thanks!
Name: Daniel Frey ’21
Majors: Chemistry, biology
Hometown: Boston, MA
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I’m a senior pre-med student majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I’ve always known that I want to be a doctor and my experiences during my years at Brandeis have only reinforced that desire. In the last 10 years or so, it has become clear that taking a year or two off between being an undergraduate student and enrolling in a medical school is a path that these institutions prefer to see their applicants take. Therefore, I have recently begun a job search for gap year opportunities in clinical research or public health service projects. However, I have found the process of searching for a job that I know I will likely only hold for a short period of time to be somewhat awkward and difficult to approach. It has been challenging to express my interest in potential jobs while being perfectly honest about my intended path in life because most employers don’t want to hire someone who they know is there temporarily. That being said, does anyone have advice for an appropriate way that pre-med students can earnestly express interest in jobs they plan on holding for only a year or two?
Name: Alex Landau ’17
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Hi, I am a senior who is freaking out a little about post-grad life.
I would like some advice on how to find an entry level position that will help advance my career in a field in which I do not have any experience. I am a neuroscience and biology major who has an interest in pursuing a potential career in food science and pharmaceutical development; however, I do not have much of a chemistry background. Entry level positions in this field seem to require candidates with either the necessary classes such as a food science course or research experience but I have neither. Is it even worth me applying to a job that I have little to no qualifications for? Should I apply to a job that I do not want to do just to obtain experience so that I will become a more qualified candidate for the actual job I would like to do in the future? Any insight will aid me greatly! Thanks in advance.
Name: Ricky Braithwaite ’17
Majors: Biotechnology (MS), Neuroscience, Biology
Hometown: Chelsea, MA
I am graduating in 2017 with a B.S./ M.S. in biochemistry and minors in classics and chemistry. I perform biochemistry/ biophysics research in the Professor Dorothee Kern’s lab. I discovered my interest in an environmental career recently, after taking an introductory environmental chemistry course. Besides the class, I have no experience with environmental studies, and I don’t know anything about the environmental job sector. What jobs are available in this area for scientists with a background in biochemistry or chemistry? Although I find green chemistry and waste/drinking water treatment particularly engaging, I am open to all environmental careers. I would be grateful for advice and insights about your experience!
Name: Sara Gelles-Watnick ’17
Hometown: Newton, MA
I am really interested in physician assistant shadowing. I am also really interested in working in jobs related to the medical field. Any advice related to shadowing and medical-related jobs would be greatly appreciated. My future plan is to take a gap year and apply to the physician’s assistant program at MCPHS University.
Name: Sabrina Lynch ’16
Major/Minor: Biology/ chemistry
Hometown: Brockton, MA
I became interested in scientific research late in my undergraduate career and was wondering if it’s possible to obtain an entry-level research position (such as a research technician or assistant) without any previous research experience. Are there any programs besides Masters programs that can help to teach me lab techniques/ equipment?
Name: Andrew Saechew ’15
Majors: Neuroscience, biology, chemistry
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
My name is Jodecy Colon and I am currently living in New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a Bachelors in chemistry. I am seeking employment in a science research lab in New York, preferably in a cancer biology or biomedical research lab. I have research experience in cancer biology, biophysics and neuroscience. I also have experience in teaching and I have volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital and I would love to work in a hospital or university setting. If you can help me in anyway with my job search, I would be very thankful. Thank you very much and have a nice day.
Name: Jodecy Colon ’15
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hello, my name is Daniel Yao, a senior about to graduate with a double major in chemistry and business. My unique background provides me with a more analytical base that I want to use in a business/finance setting. I have been an active member in the Brandeis community, from being a TA for Financial Accounting to working at Brandeis’ Student Financial Services, where I work with the Department of Education and other companies to promote responsible financing, to the Global Microfinance Brigade, where I lead a group of students on volunteer missions in impoverished nations like Honduras. If you have any career advice or job leads where I can continue to explore the business/finance industry, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to talk with you! Thank you for your consideration!
Name: Daniel Yao ’16
Majors: Chemistry, business
Hometown: North Andover, MA
I am a senior at Brandeis graduating with a BS in biology and in environmental studies with a minor in chemistry. I would like to find a job that combines both my majors (biology and environmental studies) such as environmental health and research. Are there any Brandeis alums with a similar background to mine? I plan on continuing to graduate school after a couple of years of experience. Any advice would be appreciated!
Name: Sophia Glickman ’16
Majors: Biology, Environmental Studies
Hometown: Valhalla, NY
I am a third year undergraduate student double majoring in business and chemistry who is interested in careers relating to both majors. I had a business internship at AFLAC and have done extensive chemistry research which enabled me to see the world of business and science (respectively). Now, I want to know what it is like to work in an the intersection of science and business. I am looking for shadowing and internship opportunities in the commercial side of the life science industry or consulting life science companies. I would love to get a chance to talk to anyone who has experience in those fields for help and advice. I want to know about your story and what you do.
Name: Suwan Lee ’15
Major(s): Chemistry, Business
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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2012 grad in Chemistry with research experience very interested in clinical research opportunity. Worked at the Deng Research Laboratory at Brandeis for more than a year, focusing on asymmetric catalysis. Fascinated with clinical research and epidemiology in general, have taken Biostatistics and learned to use statistical programs (Excel, SAS, R). Technology oriented, familiar with Mathematica, Java and C coding languages. Wants to earn graduate degree involving clinical research. I would love to talk about your career path and what you are doing now.
Student: Nhu Hoang ’12
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN