We have known each other for several years as volunteers.
SA and I have dined and enjoyed professional conversations.
We had the opportunity to explore her motivations, challenges
and what she found most helpful in navigating the employment
Quick profile: International student who attended a mid-tier
American graduate school in chemistry
PhD achieved in 5 years
Post doc at Pacific Northwest NL
Post doc at Rice University
Background/ Nano materials, carbon fibers,
Strengths : bucky balls and lubricant materials
Analytical techniques, synthetic methods
Administrative details, organization and
reports; Adaptable and efficient at meeting deadlines.
What she found In graduate school, finding a couple of mentors,
most helpful: outside of her department, yet from similar cultural
backgrounds. They eased her into the American
culture and helped her strengthen her core values
understand her values and how they could be
expressed in American society.
Observations : She is a very compelling communicator with
savvy business perspective. She will accomplish
her objectives. If there is not a reason to stay on
(promotion, new project, excitement in her roles)
she will seek another role where she will expand
her ever growing and ever more responsible skill
set. She does not burn bridges and easily moves
from one place to another.
Outcomes: She found first employment as a research scientist
and supervisor and has moved on every one and a half
to three and a half years to new companies with higher
levels of responsibility. Each of the four companies
is growing and benefited from her contributions.
She strives for new challenges, continuous learning and working on
important problems and finds smaller, high tech firms are a wonderful
setting for her personal and professional growth. She is now an
operations manager responsible for budget, personnel, technology and
interfacing with government and customers.