L.I.F.T. Knowledge: Practical Advice from Graduate L.I.F.T. Scholars on Success in Finding a Job and Acceptance to Graduate School

2018 Graduate L.I.F.T. Scholar David Molina and 2019 GraduateL.I.F.T.Scholar Mariana Marquez passed their knowledge and success forward at a special L.I.F.T. Virtual Meeting in December 20th. The goal was to bring junior and senior L.I.F.T. Scholars together for practical knowledge on building your resume during college for the job search or graduate school goals beyond. What did they do in college that led to their successes now? What have they learned since graduating? The realities of the stress each L.I.F.T. Scholar feels in making decisions and the unknown outcomes.

During these extraordinary times of the Pandemic L.I.F.T. Scholars often feel a disconnect which is normal. College students have to rely on virtual meetings with professors. They cannot go into Career and Graduate Centers and talk to advisors. Clubs are still there but meetings are virtual and experience limited to whatever can be imagined with screen time. L.I.F.T. Scholars are still achieving and engaging during these difficult times earning remote internships, being peer advisors and dorm leaders on campuses, going to jobs taking safety precautions, leading clubs and making a difference in lives marginalized from assisting with interpreting for medical and legal advice to tutoring and mentoring high school students remotely. Still there is great uncertainty, hence the valuable meeting with David, Mariana and our L.I.F.T. Scholars.

Smaller breakout rooms allowed each to share their paths to success, knowing there is never only one way and the journey for everyone is uniquely their own. Yet sound, specific advice and reassurances of the possibilities from our own L.I.F.T. family graduates was extremely valuable.

David graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a Business Management/Economics degree. He has gone on to a successful career as a Digital Strategist with Anne Lewis Strategies based in Washington, D.C. After working in D.C. for two years he has returned to Los Angeles, working remotely. Mariana Marquez graduated from Cal State Northridge majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women’s Studies. She is in her second year Master’s program in Clinical Psychology at CSUN, graduating this spring and planning to continue her journey as a Doctoral student in the fall to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has done her interviews at universities now in the stressful faze of waiting to hear.

Our successful meeting lasted three hours! We plan to continue engaging and sharing in the future… for now through virtual meetings until we can meet in person again! The next meeting will have guests in the medical and law professions because so many of our L.I.F.T. Scholars are on a journey towards various careers in these areas. Keep a look out for exciting news ahead!

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