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  • #320017

    Janus
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    Dear Anita

    Thank you so much for your advice. I am hoping to gain more insight into laboratory research which will be helpful for me when I take science classes like Organic Chemistry in the Spring semester because I will be more familiar with lab settings. I have revised my Informational Interview Template Questions. Thank you so much for your help! Hope you have a great week ahead!

    #320021

    Janus
    Participant

    I think this is a general format of how I might ask the questions, I wonder if they transition well.

    Informational Interview Questions- Genetic Counselor (who does genetic research in developmental delays, autism, and epilepsy and cancer risks on the side)

    1.   Is there a daily routine for you as a genetic counselor; what is a typical day for you?

    2. I find that genetic research in epilepsy and autism is fascinating. Can you provide advice on what kinds of challenges you encounter when doing genetic research and where to look for resources to better understand epilepsy and autism?

    3. I have struggled with Physics and Organic Chemistry. Are there any important skills or courses that helped you in your career path decision and what advice for students do you have to prepare for genetic research?

    4.  What advice do you offer to people with a high risk for hereditary cancer, and are they receptive to it?

    5. What was your first job coming out of school with your degree, and what was that experience like for you?

    6. I am interested in becoming a genetic counselor, do you have any suggestions for me such as where to look for entry-level jobs, part-time positions, volunteer opportunities, people to connect to, or internships?

     

     

    #320023

    anita
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    Dear Janus, Earth Angel and Poet:

    You are welcome, thank you and I wish you a great week ahead as well.

    *regarding your more recent post (I don’t have your post visible to me as I edit this), in the question you start with you having had challenges with physics and organic chemistry, I would mentioned to her that you failed physics in community college and dropped out of organic chemistry in Stockton, and ask her (or him) if she had similar challenges or experiences or if she knows any colleagues who have experienced such.

    anita

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 4 days ago by  anita.
    #320335

    Janus
    Participant

    Dear Anita

    Thank you for being the inspiration in my life that helps brighten my days. You are a light in the darkness for people who are struggling by providing your advice, take care of yourself and have a great week ahead! Here is a week blessing:

    May your sorrows be less and your joys keep growing with each day, may positivity shine upon your path to light your way and may healing energies surround you helping clear negativity and obstacles away.

     

    #320387

    anita
    Participant

    Thank you, Janus. I wish you to experience that “light in the darkness.. to light your way” throughout this week and into the weekend ahead.

    anita

    #320407

    Janus
    Participant

    Dear Anita

    The phone conversation with the genetic counselor helped me better understand ways to build my scientific research skills. They gave advice on taking courses such as statistics that can help students understand the data analysis and how conducting surveys can help students learn more information about what they are interested in studying. One of the main challenges they say that people studying genetics face is understand how to apply the research they find and how to analyze it for information that is relevant for their topic. Sometimes I have trouble picking out what pieces of the research sources that I find are relevant and I find myself taking lots of notes on my topic when I can shorten them a bit. The main advice they gave was that it is important to look at the research sources that a person finds with a “critical eye” and think about what pieces fit into the topic you are looking for and then summarize those points. They said that while they were in school, they looked for research lab opportunities to gain insight on how to conduct experiments and trials for genetics research in autism. They provided advice on looking for professors that do research in genetics and working with them to gain insight into the career path. Since I am looking for some job-shadowing opportunities to understand genetics research, I am thinking about reaching out to people to see if I can learn more about research in a lab. They said that most of the job-shadowing and internships are in Philadelphia which is far from New Jersey, so my best option is to job-shadow a professor. I think that it was a very insightful discussion and although I felt quite nervous during the phone conversation they were very helpful and provided good advice. I think that my next step is to look for job-shadowing opportunities in New Jersey to build my research skills so that it can help with genetics. Building up the research skills will also help me with Organic Chemistry when I take it in the Spring semester because I will better understand ways to analyze research data. I am thinking of reaching out to some professors to see if there are any research opportunities. Hope you have a good week ahead and good luck with your life’s path.

    #320413

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Janus, Earth Angel and Poet:

    “it is important to look at the research sources that a person finds with a ‘critical eye’ and think about what pieces fit into the topic you are looking for and then summarizing those points”  is excellent advice. It does take some skill though, a critical thinking skill to be able to separate trustworthy sources from those that are not, as well as discerning what information belongs with your topic of research and what does not.

    I suppose you will be looking for professors that do research in genetics, to “job-shadow a professor”. Good job conducting the phone interview while you were nervous, going through it regardless and taking something useful out of it. Thank you for the update so soon after your interview assignment.

    anita

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by  anita.
    #320539

    Janus
    Participant

    Dear Anita

    Thank you so much for your advice. Since it would be helpful if the person I had a phone conversation with had job-shadowing opportunities, I am working on connecting with other people studying genetics research. I enjoyed the phone conversation with the genetic counselor yesterday and was hoping for some job-shadowing opportunities to learn more, but they said that there weren’t any available. The advice that they provided was informative and insightful, I learned about the challenges they faced in their genetic research of exploring epilepsy and autism because the brain is a complex thing to study and that building good research analysis skills early on can be helpful when trying to understand the material. They gave advice to reach out to professors and college research places to build my research skills and that is what I am working on. Tomorrow I will have a phone conversation at 1pm with a cancer genetics counselor who works at Rutgers University research which may provide me advice on some job-shadowing opportunities for college students that I might be able to participate in. Since the cancer genetic counselor works at a college university research place, there is a chance that they might allow college students to job-shadow them or offer advice. I have eight questions that I have for the cancer genetic counselor to help me learn more about their work. I wonder if these questions are good and if the question about looking for building genetics research skills is worded okay (that is question six). Hopefully there will be some job-shadowing opportunities available for some of the genetics professionals that I am contacting. Looking for advice, here are the eight questions that I will ask the cancer genetics tomorrow on the phone and hope for a job-shadowing opportunity.

    #320543

    Janus
    Participant

    Cancer Geneticist Questions

     

    1. What is a typical day like for you as a genetic counselor?

     

    2. Are there any projects that you are currently working on and what aspects of your work are challenging/rewarding?

     

    3. What do you think are important skills/academic courses to take to prepare for genetics research?

     

    4. What advice do you offer to students who are interested in learning more about studying genetics and understanding hereditary cancer, where can they look for resources to build their research skills?

     

    5. What was your first job/research opportunity, and what was that experience like for you?

     

    6. Do you know if there are any internships, volunteer opportunities, job-shadowing roles or entry-level jobs for students considering genetics in your workplace area and what are some good tips to prepare for them?

     

    7. I am interested in exploring cancer genetics as a career path, do you have any recommendations for other people to connect to learn more? May I use your name when reaching out to them?

     

    8. Thank you so much for your advice. Can I stay in touch with you to get advice on my career?

    #320545

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Janus, Earth Angel and Poet:

    These 8 questions are excellent. I am impressed! I have no editing suggestions. Excellent job coming up with these clear, well formed questions!

    anita

    #320549

    Janus
    Participant

    Dear Anita

    Thank you so much for your advice, hope you have a great rest of the week. Many blessings to you in your life’s path. May the garden of your mind grow more flowers to uplift you during the stressful times and may you have strength to uproot the weeds of doubts that try to bring you down because you are a special soul and I am grateful to have your light in my life. Thank you for being the candle that helps light the way and helps bring clarity when I feel lost in darkness. Keep shining bright and fueling the inner flame and burn away the negativity and doubts so that your positivity can illuminate the darkness.

    #320553

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Janus, Earth Angel and Poet:

    You are welcome. Your most recent post is why I address you as a Poet!

    anita

    #320707

    Janus
    Participant

    Dear Anita

    Here is a Halloween/ Wiccan Samhain blessings.

    Happy All Hallows Eve, Wiccan Samhain and Halloween. May you be blessed with abundance, health and healing from negativity. As the daylight hours fade and colder weather sets in, now is a time to look at the dark parts within you and acknowledge them, shine light into the darkness and illuminate the flaws within and bring them into the light to heal. The veil is thinning between the universe and the physical Earth plane on Samhain/ Halloween and now is the time for your soul to connect with the universe, spend some time reflecting on yourself and your goals, take care of yourself and remember that you are energy of the stars and that you can shine brighter in darkness. Blessings to you in all your life’s goals. Sending positive energy your way to help you through the stressful times. Hope each day brings you a chance to heal and shine light into your life and let your sorrows fall away

     

    #320709

    Janus
    Participant

    The students picked out their Spring 2019 semester schedule today. The Stress and Anxiety class was full the time I decided to take it. I decided to take a Meditation class so I can learn mindfulness meditations strategies to reduce stress instead. I am also taking Genetics with the professor that I hope to job-shadow or gain more research opportunities with in the Spring semester. After I take Genetics, I may look for some job-shadowing or research opportunities for the Fall 2020 semester to help me build my scientific research skills. In addition, I am taking a Scientific Literary class this upcoming Spring 2019 semester to learn how to read scientific articles and look at them with a critical eye and use sources for my research planning. I  am considering taking Organic Chemistry Fall 2020 so I won’t be too stressed, but I am still thinking about it because it might make me part-time and reduce financial aid. Thank you so much for all your advice, hope you have a great rest of the week.

    #320713

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Janus, Earth Angel and Poet:

    Thank you for your blessings- I appreciate your intent and good will, but I am a bit overly saturated with blessings and can take a break. I hope it is okay with you.

    Too bad the Stress and Anxiety class was full but good thing you were able to register for the Meditation class (as a teacher or student.. I think you are pretty good at meditating! But sure, there is always more to learn).

    Good thing you will be taking Genetics with the professor you hope to job-shadow in the Fall of 2020. The scientific literary class reads sounds good to me, to develop that “critical eye” in discerning sources of information/ research that the genetic counselor suggested to you during the phone interview two days ago. A good idea to take organic chemistry later on, Fall 2020 when your schedule is not as heavy, I suppose.

    You are welcome, thank you for the good wishes and have a great rest of the week as well as the weekend yourself!

    anita

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by  anita.
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