Category Archives: Take This Job And Love It!

Job search got you down? Does the process seem too vague? Yale’s Office of Career Strategy is here to help! Our team and featured guests tackle an array of topics relevant to any job/internship search process. Gain helpful insight through these low key, relaxed conversations where we acknowledge common frustrations but also provide thoughtful advice on how to rise above it all. These conversations can be helpful to those seeking their first internship/job, seeking a job with an advanced degree, or making a career change at any point in your career!

Supporting & Enriching Child Care in New Haven: Janna Wagner ’95, All Our Kin



Janna Wagner, founder and Chief Learning Officer of All Our Kin, shares her experience founding a nonprofit in New Haven to support family childcare businesses and improve children’s early learning experiences.


Resumes 2: Electric Boogaloo



Resumes? Again? Yes! We realized that this important and large topic needs more than 1 episode, so we are back to help you draft and construct a resume worthy of your many achievements that can help you get the job you want and deserve!


Where, Oh Where Is My Job Search Going?



The group tackles the behemoth task of successfully searching for a job! Be it your first job or one late in your career, this search can feel massive and overwhelming. We discuss a variety of ways in which you can break down this process into smaller, manageable pieces. Knowledge of this process helps keep you from feeling ‘stuck’, knowing that you have the power to bring forth needed change!


From Unpaid Employee to U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence with Christopher Mellon



Christopher Mellon recounts his career path from unpaid employee to U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The Yale alum also discusses his current work on the History Channel show Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation and his conviction that life exists beyond earth.


Innovating National Security Solutions with Lucas Kunce ‘04 from the Pentagon



Lucas Kunce, Deputy General Council at the Defense Innovation Fund, discusses his path to military service after Yale and his career in national security negotiating arms control treaties and writing about the intersection of security, finance, and technology.


Tackling The Existential Crisis of the Career Decision-Making Process



The group, joined by Yale CIPE Director Calvin Yu, discusses the tapestry of factors that go into determining what they “want to do when they grow up”. Placing such importance on how one answers that question can weigh heavily on an individual. While identifying interests and passions is important, placing unneeded stress on ourselves and implementing unrealistic deadlines of when decisions must be made can take us off track. Additionally, discovering new interests and passions can happen at any point in our lives! Calvin walks us through his interesting series of professions as we identify the ways by which others can keep their finger on the pulse of their own interests and passions as they develop.


Negotiating Your Salary & Benefits Package



The group is joined by two colleagues, Derek Webster (Office of Career Strategy, Common Good & Creative Careers) and Maggie Katz (Center for International and Professional Experience) to discuss the trials and tribulations of the salary/benefits negotiation process. Yes, after all the stress and tumult of getting the actual job, your work is not quite done yet! The group goes through the very important aspects of this process, where efforts can yield benefits years down the line!


For The Love Of Acronyms: Careers In Public Service



In this episode we hear of the professional narratives from two individuals who have engaged in various career paths in public service. Through these experiences, learn about the jobs themselves, how they differ, and also how they allow for a fulfilling professional and versatile professional life.


Is This Thing On? Seeking Feedback



We are all familiar with concepts like “constructive criticism” and “progressive development” and yet we are, at the same time, understandably sensitive when it comes time for personal critique. In this episode, we touch on the ways in which we can use constructive feedback to our professional benefit and identify ways to seek it out in a responsible and confident manner.


Cover Letters?? Really!?



The group discusses the fickle nature of the cover letter, a document that many deem voluntary, but in actuality is an important means by which to present yourself and reiterate your skillset. We discuss the breakdown of the letter itself, how it can be efficiently constructed, and most impactful.