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Alyssa Jalowicz

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'19 Psychology | Executive and Medical Talent Acquisition Coordinator, Quest Diagnostics | Secaucus, NJ
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Alyssa Jalowicz

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology

Minor: Spanish

Current Location: Secaucus, NJ

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

As an undergraduate student, I worked in Dr. Reginald Adams’ Social Vision and Interpersonal Perception Lab as a research assistant supporting both the research projects of the graduate students in the lab, as well as developing and conducting research projects aligned with my own academic interests. Additionally, during the summer between my junior and senior year, I interned at Foster McKay, a boutique executive search firm, where I gained experience and skills that would later equip me for a full-time job in talent acquisition.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

I began working as an executive and medical talent acquisition coordinator at Quest Diagnostics shortly after I graduated from Penn State.

Who was your favorite faculty member?

My favorite faculty member at Penn State was Dr. Reginald Adams. In addition to taking PSYCH 425 and 490 taught by Dr. Adams, I also worked in Dr. Adams’ lab for three years during my undergraduate career. Through this opportunity, I was able to develop my own research studies, conduct those studies on undergraduate students, and ultimately, present my research findings at the annual Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Conference. Dr. Adams is passionate about research, his lab, and his students (both graduate and undergraduate). I could not imagine my undergraduate career without having had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Adams.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

My liberal arts degree provided me with a well-rounded education that equipped me with communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that continue to benefit me in my present role. I find that I am able to adapt easily to changes/challenges and think creatively when tackling tasks, projects, and problem-solving in my job.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

Networking has allowed me to meet peers in different functions as well as get exposure to different business leaders. Some networking tips and advice that I would share with any current students is to attend as many networking events as you can and to feel empowered to reach out to people at networking events, on LinkedIn, etc. People are always willing to help, especially Penn State alumni!

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

Through both my time at Penn State as well as during my professional career, mentors have played a significant role. At Penn State, my mentors helped to prepare me with resume reviews, interview advice, etc. In my professional career, mentors have helped me adjust to my first professional role as well as learn more about different areas that I may be interested as I progress further in my career.

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