November Office of Career Planning & Professional Development Events

Exploring Career Paths: How to Find Your Professional Fit (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Thursday, November 3, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET

Virtual Zoom Event

Exploring career options can be overwhelming for many students: how does one identify possibilities and go about the process of investigating them when the path to a job is not always clearly defined? If this describes you, join this webinar to learn more about the general employment landscape and how you might find your fit therein as a Humanities or Social Science student. We will discuss:

  • A general introduction to career development and management
  • How your values, skills, and interests fit with various career paths (based on an assessment tool participants will take prior to the webinar)
  • Strategies for trying out and considering what options might be best for you
  • Other career assessment tools and resources available to GC students and alumni

Participants will leave the webinar with more knowledge about strategies for exploring career options that best fit them.


Intro to Data Science with American Express (In-Person)
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

In-Person: CUNY Graduate Center, room C201 (Science Center)

The Global Decision Science team at American Express utilized industry leading machine learning and artificial intelligence practices to guide business decisions. We will present an introduction to our team and use-cases, followed by a live data science demo. Our 600+ data scientists develop, deploy and validate predictive models and support the use of models in economic logic to enable profitable decisions across credit, fraud, marketing and servicing optimization engines. We have full-time and internship openings. We seek a thought-leader and a problem-solver who can blend business, technical, and industry best practices when it comes to developing the analyses, models, and algorithms that power our customers’ digital experiences. Coffee, snacks, and sandwiches will be served. Registration for this in-person event will take place in Handshake: Register here. Registration ends Wednesday, November 2nd. (Haven’t logged into Handshake yet? It’s OK to email to let us know you’ll be attending.)

Event schedule:

  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Company Presentation followed by Q&A
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM:  Data Science demo – this demo is suitable for all interested students, not just job seekers. We will showcase state of the art techniques on our own risk data set. In the first part, we will talk about our data and give a beginner-friendly overview. All students interested in data science would be welcome, no prior experience necessary.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Networking with the AmEx team.

Driving Human Centered Solutions: Humanities and Social Science PhDs in the For-Profit Sector

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

Virtual Zoom Event

Interested in applying your humanities/humanistic social sciences degree toward careers in the for-profit sector? Curious to learn about what different jobs there might look like, and how to go about pursuing these professions? Attend this panel to meet PhD alumni who work in a range of for-profit organizations. Learn how they got from graduate school to their current positions, what their day-to-day jobs are like on the ground, and practical tips for making the transition to the for-profit world. This panel will be Q&A format and open to student questions. Our panelists will be:

  • Brian DeGrazia, Learning Advisor @ Citi
    I am a researcher, translator, and learning professional. Currently I work as a Learning Advisor at Citigroup, supporting the learning and development needs of employees around the globe in one of Citi’s institutional businesses. Prior to joining Citi I led graduate career programs and partnerships at the Modern Language Association (MLA), and I have written about doctoral education and graduate student labor in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Inside Higher Ed. I earned a PhD in Italian Studies from NYU in 2019.
  • Elizaveta Lyulekina, Research Editor @ Dow Jones
    I am an experienced researcher and educator with a Ph.D. in French from The Graduate Center, CUNY. I left academia in January 2022, and since last February, I have been working as a research editor at Dow Jones Risk & Compliance where I collect, analyze, and process information on international and domestic sanctions in French, English, and Russian. Prior to joining Dow Jones, I worked as a French-language college instructor at public and private universities in New York and New Jersey. In my free time, I serve as a volunteer translator at Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.
  • Anders Wallace, Senior User Experience (UX) Researcher @ Google
    User experience researcher and anthropologist. Passionate about designing tech to solve human challenges. I’ve built digital solutions for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, hospitals, startups, and universities across verticals. Expert in multicultural research, foundational and evaluative research, design thinking, and designing for behavior change. Prior to joining Google, I worked as a UX Researcher for Rocket Mortgage; UX Designer for NBC Universal; and Market Researcher for Colgate-Palmolive. I earned my PhD in cultural anthropology from the GC in 2019.
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