Episode 10: Navigating culture shock in a new career: Mieka Polanco

Ep 10: Navigating culture shock in a new career: Mieka Polanco Mieka Polanco holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, and has recently transitioned from academia to international development. As an academic, Dr. Mieka Polanco wrote and taught about punishment, juvenile justice, and mass incarceration. In development, she focuses on social disparities, and ensuring that aid programming is attentive to marginalized and vulnerable populations. In this episode, Mieka shares how a professional fellowship at a government organization served as a stepping stone to test the waters for a bigger career change. When Mieka made the transition from academia into government work, she was shocked by the differences in the professional culture and was often accused by colleagues as being too academic. We discuss how she learned to negotiate with different stakeholders and found space to practice honest, rigorous research. Mieka [...]

2020-02-16T14:25:17+00:00February 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Episode 9: Big Tech HR Expert on Acing Interviews & Awkward First Introductions: Dorianne St. Fleur

Ep 9: Big Tech HR Expert on Acing Interviews & Awkward First Introductions: Dorianne St. Fleur My guest this week is Dorianne St. Fleur, an HR expert, career strategist, and leadership coach. Dorianne is the founder of the digital career development agency, Your Career Girl. She has 10+ years experience working in HR for big tech and financial industries and understands how to succeed in corporate America.  In this episode, Dorianne and I discuss the importance of mindset in the job search process, and Dorianne reveals how to grow your self-worth using her “VIP” process: Value – Understand what you have brought to the table in the past and how it has contributed to the bottom line of past positions. Impact – Acknowledge the impact your work has had and speak to what you do.   Power – Communicate your [...]

2020-02-16T14:01:28+00:00February 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Episode 8: How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Job Landscape: Angel Acosta

Ep 8: How to Thrive in a Disruptive Economy and Job Landscape: Angel Acosta Angel Acosta walks us through the “cultural dexterity” required to navigate the many worlds he lives and works in as a doctoral student, education consultant, international speaker, and first generation immigrant. He entered his graduate program as a nontraditional student who simultaneously worked in a college access nonprofit, and unlike his doctoral program peers, he was not an educator by training.  Angel says, “When I coached with you, I was hungry for clarity. I wanted to curate a profile, a resumé, and way of thinking about all the work I was doing and texts I was reading in a way that didn’t feel scattered. I wanted to be more intentional and understand what this doctorate meant about who I was becoming and what I could [...]

2020-02-16T13:59:29+00:00February 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Episode 7: When everything’s going right yet it’s time for a change: Bernadette Gailliard

Ep 7: When everything’s going right yet it’s time for a change: Bernadette Gailliard My guest this week is Bernadette Gailliard, Ph.D., a R1 tenure-track faculty member turned faculty development program director. Her transition story is so fascinating to me because of how open she was to share her uncertainty about her desire to continue as a faculty member with mentors, colleagues and even her department chair (!) in order to discover the best career path for her.  From Bernadette, we learn that things can be going just fine in your professional life, yet you can feel that it’s time for a career change. Hear how she went from crying in her Chair’s office to landing her current role with a flexible mix of research, implementation of that research, and administrative leadership. Did I mention that she also started [...]

2020-02-16T13:56:41+00:00February 16th, 2020|0 Comments
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