Career Services Event Recordings 

Alumni Career Mentor Series

The Alumni Career Mentor Event Series invites MAPSS, CIR, and Computation alumni from different career sectors back to campus. They come to talk about their current positions and how they got there to introduce you to a range of career possibilities and provide experience-based insight to help guide your future endeavors. The talks are followed by a Q&A session.  

  • Spotlight on Education and Data Science | Kevin Sun, Manager of College Analytics and Insights at Noble Network of Charter Schools | Kevin Sun graduated from the UChicago MACSS program in 2019. Prior to graduate school, they were an educator with Teach for America for several years. After MACSS, Kevin worked as a data scientist on the Learning Insights & Research Team at the education start-up nonprofit, LEAP Innovations. Recently, they became the Manager of College Analytics and Insights at Noble Network of Charter Schools – Chicago’s largest charter school network. Their current work is focused on maintaining and creating tools to predict and increase the odds of college completion for Noble alumni. Recording
  • Spotlight on Human-Centered Design Consulting: Beth Di Leone | Innovation Manager, Design Research and Strategy Leader at Doblin, a Deloitte Business | Beth has curated an eclectic career, with a consistent thread of social science, psychology, and a passion for deep analysis. After completing a BA in psychology, Beth attended America’s Teaching Zoo where she learned to be a zookeeper, animal trainer and behaviorist, and wildlife educator. In a career pivot in 2008, she pursued her MA in social science at University of Chicago, studying a combination of animal behavior and human psychology. She worked with the university’s career counselor to parlay a crisis of career choice into an enthusiastic exploration of the world of design thinking and innovation consulting. She has since been at Doblin for 11 years, wearing many hats as a qualitative research specialist, project manager, design strategist, experience designer, client coach, talent mentor, and perpetual creative solver of big, hairy problems. The skills Beth learned in the MAPSS program, and the generous mentorship of the U of C faculty and staff, continue to shape her approach to work and life. Recording
  • Spotlight on Social Impact Careers: Beth Spurgeon |  Division Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Executive Director of the USA Foundation at ArcelorMittal | Beth is the Division Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Executive Director of the USA Foundation at ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company. She spearheads ArcelorMittal’s corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives across the Americas region. In the U.S., she oversees ArcelorMittal’s community investment, including national and local nonprofit partnerships in the company’s focus areas of STEM education, environment, and health and safety. She also manages sustainability initiatives, stakeholder engagement, and employee volunteerism and giving. Prior to working at ArcelorMittal, she spent nine years in the social impact sector working at nonprofits ranging from grassroots to national organizations. Beth earned her BA in Sociology from Ithaca College in 2003 and an MA in Social Science from UChicago in 2004. Recording 
  • Spotlight on Data and Decision Sciences: Sushmita Gopalan | Decision Scientist at Grubhub | Sushmita is a Decision Scientist in the Systems Analysis team at Grubhub in Chicago. She graduated from the MACSS program in 2018 and was a Data Scientist at the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network Initiative at Northwestern University, until she made the transition to industry with Grubhub in March 2020. She is a co-organizer and on the board of R-Ladies Chicago, a support and advocacy group for women and non-binary R programmers. Recording
  • Spotlight on Development Research and Policy: Dr. Christina Kwauk | Fellow at Brookings | Christina Kwauk is a fellow in the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. She manages the Echidna Global Scholars Program, chairs the Girls CHARGE initiative, and leads the CHARGE Working Group on Life Skills Education and Assessment. She has also advised the Obama Foundation’s Global Girls Alliance. Her research focuses on girls’ education in developing countries, gender equality in education, the intersections between climate change and girls’ education, and 21st century skills and youth empowerment. Christina is a co-author (with Gene Sperling and Rebecca Winthrop) of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment, and has published numerous policy papers on girls’ education and academic articles on gender, education, and sport for development. She has conducted field research in Asia and the Pacific Islands, and was formerly a consultant for Save the Children and the East West Center. Christina holds a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and an MA in Social Sciences from the UChicago. Recording
  • Spotlight on Product Design: Ishani Sharma | Lead Product Designer at Salesforce| Ishani is a Lead Product Designer at Salesforce, building commerce tools for merchants who want to run e-commerce businesses. She graduated from the MAPSS program in 2014, and started her career in User Experience as a user researcher and transitioned into a designer role. She loves thinking about the intersection of business, technology, and design, keeping users and their needs at the heart of it. She is based out of San Francisco, and in her free time, you can find her hiking, gardening, or cooking! Recording

 Employer Information Sessions & Coffee Chats

Coffee chats and employer information sessions allow students to join employers and CS staff as they casually discuss professional trends over a cup of coffee. Employers provide exclusive information about their company cultures, industry trends, and best practices in career advancement. 

  • Morningstar Development Program| The Morningstar Development Program (MDP) offers recent graduates full-time placement. During the two-year program, participants will receive ongoing career development, mentorship and training, and apprenticeship opportunities with various business groups, such as investment management, data, tech, and research. Your experience is yours to create.  MDP participants work in diverse teams such as product, operations, client service, data, talent acquisition, and marketing, among many others.  Applications for both the business and tech tracks of the MDP will open up again in January 2021. You can learn more about the program here and hereRecording
  • Michelle Watson | VP of Talent Sourcing| Ipsos Analyst Development Program | Michelle discusses their Analyst Development Program. This is a great early career opportunity for those of you interested in market research roles. At Ipsos, research analysts go through a comprehensive training program which includes a mix of classroom, coaching, mentoring and self-directed online classes. Ipsos strongly supports continuous learning and enhancing knowledge in the field. Based on your experience level, you can be hired as a research analyst or a senior research analyst, starting in 2021. Unfortunately, they are not able to sponsor international candidates for these roles. Recording
  • Christina Coughlin | Assistant Commissioner | NY State Education Department | Christina shares anecdotes on working through crisis (9/11 and COVID-19), maintaining relationships, and activating your academic skills in non-academic work. Recording

  • Elise Lockwood | Qualitative Research Director | DORIS Research | Elise provides her unique insights on what it takes to be a successful qualitative researcher and how to sharpen your skills in design thinking as a grad student with limited experience. She even explains why students should look into improv classes. Recording

  • Kelsey Cohen | Director of Operations | Bloomscape | Bloomscape – a start-up headquartered in the Detroit metro area – Kelsey leads a discussion detailing her journey to locating her professional “superpowers”, navigating pivots in her career, and advice on choosing between start-ups and established businesses. She highlights her recent transition from being a data-driven marketing leader to finding a home in operations and scaling up her impact in a blossoming industry. Recording  

  • Jean-Luc Marcelin | Partnerships and Talent Acquisition Specialist | United Nations Development Programme | In this two-part series, Jean-Luc detailing his 20+ year journey with the UN system. He candidly shares what it takes to get into the UN system and how to be a productive member once there. During the second part of the series, he details the various threads needed within the “tapestry” of your resume/CV and answers student’s questions. Part 1 Recording & Part 2 Recording 

  • Jordan Mazer | Director of Talent Acquisition | Riot Games | Jordan provides the insider scope on the top qualities he looks for in a candidate, difference between competing gaming companies, and the amazing work Riot Games is doing to help those in need during COVID-19. Jordan wraps things up by answering questions from SSD MA students and sharing what’s next for Riot Games. Recording 

  • Jennifer Tani | Director | The Posee Foundation | Having a “posse” can be a vital tool to achieving success. Jennifer sheds some light on how creating intentional networks of accountability leads to the creation of academic opportunities and professional development. Jennifer candidly shares how she taps into her network and how future non-profit directors can prepare to be effective leaders. Recording

  • Shanshan Ding, PhD |Director of Data Science | Hinge  | While others have plotted their course towards academia or industry, Shanshan does both. In this talk, she shares how both environments complement each other and contribute to her success. She highlights data science trends and possible connections between data science and compliance law in the future. Recording

  • Vanessa Shelby | Senior Manager, Qualitative Research | Explorer Research | Vanessa leads us through the journey of “starting something new.” During the discussion she talks about implementing neuroscience technology into qualitative research, the future of market research as a result of social distancing, and how students can start building their online portfolios now. Recording 

Career Workshop Series (CWS)

The Career Workshops Series is a set of interactive workshops facilitated by Director of Career Services , Shelly L. Robinson, PhD. Topics vary from quarter to quarter and focus on key area of career development including exploration, job search, networking, document preparation, interviewing and more.

  • Career Exploration|Career exploration is all about exploring various career pathways and organizations and how they “fit” with your unique career interests and preferences. Ideally, you engage in career exploration prior to your job search to identify your career preferences by getting to know yourself and talking to people in your network to learn more about different career paths. In this workshop, we will cover various career exploration strategies as well as the role of informational interviews in the process. Recording 
  • Informational Interviews | An informational interview is a meeting to learn about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you. It’s not a job interview, so it’s important to keep focused on getting information, not a job offer.

    In this session, we will discuss: approach and purpose, finding and making contact(s), sample questions, keeping the contact alive and more. Go to the website. Recording

  • Job Search Techniques & Negotiation Tips | This session will cover actions you can take to empower yourself and work your career plan even in uncertain times. Recording & Handout. 
  • Creating a Standout Resume |Every job application requires a resume (a succinct summary of your education and experience), not a CV and not a personal statement. This workshop will cover resume tips and techniques that will allow you to start thinking about your upcoming job search. Recording

Special Events 

  • MAPSS Microgrant Awards for Innovative Research in the Social Sciences Overview with Ipsos | A small number of MAPSS students receive microgrants through the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research and a generous donation from Ipsos – User Experience. These grants are made for MA theses that demonstrate innovative approaches to social scientific problems. Recording
  • Academic to Applied Research: How Your Social Science Skills Translate After Graduation | Have you ever wondered how your social science research experience might APPLY in the business world? Join us for a panel event, hosted by Ipsos UX and Career Services, and hear from seven former academic researchers about translating their experiences to the applied world, leveraging their academic degrees on the job market, and what it is like to work in UX as a social scientist. Academia and applied research may be different, but they are not as black and white as you might think!  Recording

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