Alumni Career Profile: Sara Miller Archie, MPH ’10

We interviewed Sara Miller Archie, MPH ’10, city research scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Queens, NY. In her interview, Sara discusses her work on a long-term cohort study of persons who were exposed to the World Trade Center disaster, shares her thoughts on the benefits of a life-long education, and offers advice on ways to prepare for a career in epidemiology. Read the interview.

The Start-up of You: Utilizing Your Network

This second of a three-part summary review of the book The Start-up of You focuses on utilizing the power of your network. Once you’ve taken into account your assets, aspirations & dreams, and market realities to identify your competitive advantage, you need to utilize your network to make that competitive advantage known to people who can help point your toward or connect you with opportunities.

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The Start-up of You: Develop a Competitive Advantage

Much of the career literature out there focuses on how to format a resume or what to say or not say in an interview. That information can be helpful, however, I recently read a book that offers an infinitely more valuable paradigm shift that has changed the way I think about careers. The book is The Start-up of You, written by Reid Hoffman – co-founder of LinkedIn – and Ben Casnocha. The premise of the book is that we should be treating our careers like start-ups, which isn’t to say that we all need to go out and start our own businesses but rather that we need to take on the mindset of entrepreneurs in the management of our careers.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be explaining what it means to manage your career as you would a start-up by summarizing key ideas from the book. We’ll start today with Developing a Competitive Advantage, which will be followed in weeks to come by Utilizing the Power of Your Network and Pursuing Breakout Opportunities.

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