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ASK a Logger | Career Q&A with Alumni

Logger alumni are your best resource for learning about potential career paths, gaining Logger-to-Logger advice, building your network, and meeting potential mentors.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night has a tradition of bringing Logger alums from various backgrounds and industries to campus to connect with students. In this video series, we're bringing alumni to you virtually, to talk about their career paths and to share their insights–wherever and whenever you need them.

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Kenji Lee '15
Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow | Boston University
At Puget Sound: Biochemistry and Mathematics majors, Neuroscience emphasis

Kenji attends a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience through the Psychology and Brain Science Department at Boston University in Massachusetts. His current research looks at how decision-making occurs at the neurological level. Prior to this, Kenji earned his Master’s in Applied Math at UW Seattle, and worked for 4 years at the Allen Institute for Brain Science as a Research Associate.

ASK a Logger Career Q&A with Kenji Lee '15 from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:07   What are you researching?
02:05   How did you get in to this line of research?
04:10   What advice do you have for students considering graduate school?
06:05   What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
09:45   What’s the outlook of hiring, post COVID-19, in your field?
12:00   How is networking different for graduate programs?
14:20   What factors influenced your decision for choosing a graduate program?
16:15   How do you find out which professors will be good mentors with well-run labs?
18:10   Last thoughts?

 


 

Andy Marshall '12
Search Consultant (Associate) | Isaacson, Miller
At Puget Sound: Politics & Government major

Isaacson, Miller works with mission-driven organizations (nonprofits, museums, libraries, healthcare organizations, higher education, etc.) to conduct employment searches–recruiting for leadership roles. Andy’s job involves a lot of research, networking, writing, and support of the interview and hiring process.

ASK a Logger Career Q&A with Andy Marshall '12 from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:45    Please describe your role.
06:25    What was your path into this role?
11:25    What advice do you have for students who are interested in admission or student affairs?   
14:20    What do you wish you'd done differently during college?
16:35    What did you worry about needlessly?
18:35    How does your Politics & Government major benefit your current work?
20:15    How has your Puget Sound education helped you stand out?
22:25    What’s the outlook of hiring, post COVID-19, in your field?
26:30    What advice do you have to offer, based on your experience graduating during a recession?
29:10    Last thoughts?

  

 


 

Jessica Columbo '07
Agency Founder, Digital Strategist | Tiller Marketing
At Puget Sound: English major (Creative Writing)

Tiller is a Portland-based marketing firm, offering comprehensive digital marketing strategies, communications, and creative services to clients in regulated industries, including: Healthcare and Education, Financial and Legal Services, Non-profit and Public Works, Cannabis and Hemp Wellness.

 

ASK a Logger Career Q&A with Jess Columbo '07 from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:05    Please describe your role.
02:45    What was your path into this role?
08:20    What advice do you have for students who are interested in your field?
12:15    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
15:05    What did you worry about needlessly?
18:30    What inspired you to become an English major? Any regrets?
20:15    Do you hire interns?
22:05    What advice do you have, based on your experience graduating during a recession?

 


 

Josh McDonald '02
Executive Director | Washington Wine Institute 
At Puget Sound: Politics & Government Major; History Minor

Josh McDonald '02 launched his career through internships during his time at Puget Sound…demonstrating his willingness to work hard, and building his professional network. In his current role as Executive Director for the Washington Wine Institute, a nonprofit trade association, Josh advocates on behalf of Washington’s wine industry.

ASK a Logger Career Q&A with Josh McDonald ’02 from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
01:30    Please describe your role.
04:15    What was your path into this role?
10:25    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
13:10    What did you worry about needlessly?
15:00    What advice do you have for students who are interested in this field?
17:30    What advice do you have, based on your experience of facing an uncertain job market early in our career?

 


 

Anna Dunlap '16
Director of International Recruitment and Development | Teach Thailand Corps
At Puget Sound: International Political Economy major

Interested in working internationally? Anna is currently serving with Teach Thailand Corps (TTC) in Lampang, Thailand–and she is actively recruiting new participants for the  program!

TTC is a small, local, nonprofit organization that works specifically with underprivileged schools to bring in native English-speaking teachers. If that’s something you’re interested in, please contact Anna annadunlap@teach-thailand-corps.org or visit teach-thailand-corps.org to learn more. 

ASK a Logger Q&A with Anna Dunlap '16 from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:35    Please describe your employer.
02:20    You served in the Corps…What is your favorite memory from that experience?
04:40    How did you transition to your current role?
06:10    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
08:25    How is COVID-19 affecting hiring?
11:20    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
13:00    What did you worry about needlessly?
15:55    What tips do you have for people preparing to apply for a job with your employer?
17:25    Why should someone apply for TTC?

 


 

Emma Elder '18
Marketing Coordinator | Odd Dog Media
At Puget Sound: Biochemistry major

Odd Dog Media helps clients grow their business through their web sites and digital ads. Emma’s role allows her to combine her interests in both data and relationship-building to assist her clients.  



ASK a Logger Career Q&A with Emma Elder '18 from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:45    Please describe your role.
01:55    What was your path into this role?
04:15    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
07:50    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
09:55    How do you find out if a business is thriving?
12:15    What do you wish you’d done differently during college?
14:40    How did your experiences at Puget Sound prepare you for this role?
16:00    What does your week look like, managing 10-15 clients at once?
17:00    What are your favorite and most challenging parts of the job?
19:25    What software or tools do you recommend learning for this position?
20:45    Closing thoughts?

 


 

J.D. Graziano '05
EMS Educator and Coordinator for the Clinical and Paramedic Programs | U of
Iowa EMS Learning Resource Center.
At Puget Sound: Communication Studies major

J.D. has also worked as a Wilderness EMT. His current project (just prior to COVID-19, anyway) was re-writing the critical care paramedic curriculum objectives for the entire state of Iowa.

 

ASK a Logger Q&A with JD Graziano from University of Puget Sound on Vimeo.

Watch the entire video or use the timestamps to jump ahead:
00:40    Please describe your role.
01:45    What was your path into this role?
08:00    What advice do you have for current students who are interested in this type of work?
15:30    How do you see COVID-19 affecting hiring?
22:50    This work is intense. How do you avoid burn out?
29:45    Closing thoughts?

 

 


 

Recorded interviews are also on the way from...

Kasey Janousek '15
Solutions Engineering Program Manager | Box, Inc.
At Puget Sound: Sociology & Anthropology major

Kasey graduated with a SoAn degree and an interest in the fashion industry. From there, Kasey found herself intrigued by opportunities in Silicon Valley and saw how her interests and skill set could be transferred. Kasey currently serves as a Solutions Engineering Program Manager at Box in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

Paul Morris '95
Deputy Director | Elevate Oregon
At Puget Sound: Communications major

My primary role is to identify and secure the resources we need to deliver our mission and advance our vision. In this role, I oversee the implementation of a development plan that is multi-dimensional and is pursuing a goal of approximately $1 million this year. I also oversee communications and I work closely with other organizational leaders to keep Elevate running smoothly.

Elevate Oregon is an organization that fiercely champions success for youth in Parkrose, one of the most disconnected and under-resourced communities in the Portland Metro area. Our work through a dedicated classroom curriculum is coupled with 1:1 relational mentoring that helps youth define and navigate success on their terms.

 


 

Amber Moore '17
Market Manager, Hotel Tonight | Airbnb
At Puget Sound: Business Leadership major

Following graduation, Amber completed a year-long operational training program with Four Seasons Resorts, then joined Columbia Hospitality in Seattle to manage Learning & Development opportunities for team members. She currently serves as a Market Manager for Airbnb in San Francisco, CA.

 

 


 

ASK a Logger Panel: Graduating in a Challenging Economy

What’s it like to graduate during a recession? How have Puget Sound grads navigated that experience? What advice can they offer to Logger students who will graduate in the wake of the Great Lockdown?
Hear from Tristan Eddy '09, Sarah McQuate '07, and Luke Newman '07, who graduated during the 2007-2010 recession as they share their stories and answer student questions.

Tristan Eddy '09
Program Coordinator | Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State
At Puget Sound: Comparative Sociology; French majors

 

 

 

 

Sarah McQuate '07
Science Writer | University of Washington
At Puget Sound: Chemistry major

 

 

 

Luke Newman '07
Co-Founder & CPO | Amplify Consulting
At Puget Sound: International Business & Economics major

 

 

 

 


 

Tom Perry '98
Founder | Engaged Pursuit
At Puget Sound: History major

Tom Perry '98 is a professional career coach in Seattle who has spent much of his professional life in positions related to hiring in the tech industry. He works with a variety of clients, including new graduates navigating life after college.

Join us for this session where we’ll hear Tom’s perspective on the current job market and discuss some tips for navigating these unexpected changes.

 


 

Kayla Ramos '19
Software Engineer | Infoblox
At Puget Sound: Computer Science; Japanese Language & Culture majors

"I have a huge range of tech interests from AI to cloud computing to generic app development. I also thoroughly enjoy my continued study of Japanese with the goal of near-native level fluency someday."