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"U.S. News and World Report" featured Pace University student Solmaz Azimi in "5 College Seniors Share Their Job-Hunting Stories"

05/10/2018

"U.S. News and World Report" featured Pace University student Solmaz Azimi in "5 College Seniors Share Their Job-Hunting Stories"

Skilled, but Stumped

There's no shortage of advice for how to start a corporate career. But budding biologists, forensic scientists and chemists may struggle to make use of traditional job search techniques, says Solmaz Azimi, a biochemistry major at Pace University in New York City.

"At my university, career services is very prominent and active, however it's a little limited for the hard sciences," she says. "We can't utilize LinkedIn as well as business majors can. We can't utilize social media that well, either."

Azimi, who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and attended high school there, doesn't just have biochemistry chops. Having completed translation and research internships with the Red Cross in Afghanistan and Switzerland, and an internship teaching math and science to formerly incarcerated people with The Fortune Society in New York City, she also has cross-cultural and teaching skills she'd like to put to good use.

And she knows from those experiences that even organizations whose primary functions aren't scientific "do quantitative and qualitative work that has logic a lot of scientists use," she says. "My skills can be utilized in places like that."

"I'm ideally looking for something that is inspiring," she says. "Something that will motivate me to pursue graduate school. Something I can take back and use for my home country and the other countries I've been to."

After hearing little back from the research laboratories and biotech companies where she sent applications, Azimi described herself as "very confused."

"I don't know the outlets I would use to find different opportunities," she mused.

But she's started to use Indeed.com at the recommendation of her professors and has also looked at the job opportunities posted online by large health institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Sure enough, she just heard back from a few companies that invited her to interview.

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