Incorporating Career Preparation and Guidance into the Undergraduate Classroom Experience

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Undergraduate students are often encouraged to think about their future careers or graduate school, yet courses typically offer few opportunities for students to explore these options in-depth. This session will describe how an undergraduate public health course in Fall 2017 provided students the chance to hear from and pose questions to a panel of masters and doctoral students who had been in their shoes only a few years earlier.

Career preparation and postgraduate education remain salient issues for undergraduate students as they strive to make connections between their courses and non-academic activities, all of which take place in a competitive job market. This session will discuss how similar panels could be incorporated into other courses, as well as implications for the day-to-day practice of teaching and student learning. This session will encourage attendees to think critically about how they can be a resource for students not only for course material or research opportunities, but also for their professional development.



Jennifer Mandelbaum
Ph.D. Student
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
Arnold School of Public Health

Jennifer Mandelbaum is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health. Jennifer received the 2018 Education Foundation Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Her research is broadly on the social determinants of health and chronic disease prevention, with an emphasis on childhood obesity, nutrition, and parent-child dynamics. Jennifer also serves as president of the Graduate Student Association and co-president of USC's chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She holds an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Yale and a BA in Sociology and Health: Science, Society and Policy from Brandeis University.