Student Perspective: Career Updates from Post-graduate Blogger Eileen Oni

Hey everyone!

I hope your summers have been well! Things have flown by. I thought I’d give you all an update. I am currently preparing for my next journey in the D.C. metro area science policy space as an American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Fellow in the Division of Engineering Education Centers in the Broadening Participation in Engineering division.

Also, I’d like to take this time to thank the Rutgers iJOBS community. The various programs I participated in were eye opening and broadened my perspectives. I will always have fond memories of attending career panels and hearing about different jobs, from Medical Science Liaisons to work in non-profits, and for every site visit I had the opportunity to attend! All of these have widened my experiences, and expanded my training as a graduate student.

More specifically, this blog has improved my writing and editing skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my insightful shadowing experience with Congressman Leonard Lance(NJ-07) learning the unique and broad circumstances Congressional members deal with when making decisions. Additionally, I have also had the pleasure of writing about science policy related iJOBS programs which delved deeper into congressional voting and climate policy perspectives from former New Jersey Governor, the Honorable Christine Todd Whitman. Throughout other IJOBS programming, such as the SciPhD course I learned the value of networking and informational interviewing. I am currently wrapping up my phase 3 programming by honing my online networking skills via the 2Actify Networking online course, iJOBS programming has provided me the stepping stones to develop skill sets to be a more well-rounded Rutgers alumni.

To fellow graduates and postdocs, I highly recommend iJOBS to supplement your training and prepare you for the next stage in your career. Also, for current students and recent graduates who want to work on writing and editing skills (outside on manuscript preparation) please contact rutgersijobsblog@gmail.com! In the future, I hope to try and expand or develop similar programming at other institutions. But for now, stay tuned, and I hope to be able to provide insights on my journey as I learn the ins and outs of broadening engineering education as AAAS Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

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