Practice Makes Perfect
When I worked in the microbiology lab in college, I generated a lot of data, but I knew nothing about the next step. I had no idea what to do with it. My training in Biostatistics filled in this gap by giving me skills in data analysis. Along the way, these lessons were reinforced through real world experience. For my summer practicum, I worked on a National Institutes of Health-funded survey of patients with mitochondrial diseases. The most interesting part was the back and forth with clinicians. I learned to talk to them in lay language, not in statistical terms, and to appreciate their clinical perspective.
I have a job offer with a startup in the health analytics industry doing data analysis and study design. I got the offer thanks to the Office of Career Services. They helped me go through six or seven revisions of my resume, suggesting improvements every step of the way. At each stage of the interview process, we did a mock interview. This practice gave me the confidence I needed to get an offer, and the understanding that I am a great fit for the job.