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!

Unpacking the Many Benefits of Yale Summer Session



The group speaks with Eli Westerman, Communications Manager at Yale Summer Session (YSS). As a past participant of YSS and current administrator of the program, Eli offers a unique perspective on this robust summer program. Eli touches on the academic, cultural, and professional benefits of the program, while reflecting on the short and long-term benefits he encountered through his own experience.


Expanding Access to Quality Afterschool Programs with Jodi Grant



Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, discusses collaborating with policy makers at all levels of government and afterschool programs across the United States to improve childhood education and equal access to opportunity, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Promoting Racial Justice with Patricia N Okonta YC ’15



Judicial Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals Patricia N Okonta discusses how the law can be used to improve systems of democracy and justice.


Developing Skills in a Virtual Space



Another consequence of the global pandemic includes the ways by which we develop professional skills. While internships in their traditional sense still occur, these may not be as readily available to individuals for a number of reasons. Additionally, working from home and/or taking courses online has altered the ways in which students and non-students work, develop skills, and move their professional identities forward. In this episode, we talk about constructive ways you can move forward in seeking out professional experiences in a virtual space.


Virtual Networking in a Pandemic



The global pandemic has interrupted many aspects of our daily lives, and that can include aspects of your career development and preparation. Networking under ‘normal’ circumstances is often seen as troublesome enough. In this new, primarily virtual, landscape, we need to adjust our methods, but we can still push forward in developing connections, learning about career paths/industries/employers, and using that information as we prepare for applying to positions in the future.


Engaging Communities Through Art with Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld



Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld, a consultant for a variety of creative and community-based organizations, including Creative Forces: National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and Serve Your City, discusses how art can be used to create public good and build community partnership.


Teaching Writing & Writing Literature with Prof. Susan Choi YC ’90



Prof. Choi discusses writing literary fiction and how teaching creative writing at Yale impacts her own creative process.