Jiu-Hwa Upshur, Ph.D, History, and the students she funded in 2014 through the Chia Lun Lo Fellowship she established to honor her father
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Do you wonder what Rackham alumni do for a living? The varied career options alumni take offer great examples and words of wisdom for current students.
John Raflowski, M.S., Environmental Health Sciences (OJOC)
Job Title and Organization
Safety Officer; OCMBOCES
First Position After Graduate School
I was actually blessed with the opportunity to hold down my job as Environmental Engineer (living in Jackson,MI), with a family of four to support. My employer at that time was extremely supportive in my pursuing the advanced degree, and they provided space and funding to assist me with my thesis work. Unfortunately, the corporation went bankrupt and I lost my job there. My degree certainly opened doors to other opportunities.
I currently live in my home state of New York. I work in a government agency (BOCES) that serves the secondary education sector. We provide technical (computer) services, energy purchasing services, human relations services, and several other types including health and safety. I work as Safety Officer there, and have been there almost six years.
Career Skills Graduate Students Should Develop
I would implore new graduates to work on communication and leadership skills. No matter what field of work you get involved in, you'll need to know how to work well with people at all levels.
Advice for Graduate Students