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Curious what a Robotics Engineer does? Looking for information about the skills necessary to become a Superior Court Judge? Explore our Day at Work videos and learn from a variety of professionals - what they do, how they do it, and the path that took them there.
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Day in the Life: Lead EngineerJoin Makinde as he describes his pathway to engineering and his current role at as a Lead Engineer at Pinterest.
Health EducatorHow does Meckell M. help students center health and wellness in their very busy lives? Join her on a college campus in this episode, Day in the Life: Health Educator.
Senior DesignerProvided by ConnectEdNik, the featured designer in our latest, Day in the Life: Senior Designer says that while she is happily working as a visual designer, she didn’t always know that is what she wanted to do. Nik encourages students to “try to figure out what you actually love.”
Interior DesignerProvided by ConnectEd"Visiting a client's house and seeing how they are living in these spaces after I am done, it's very fulfilling. --Soledad A.
Architectural Designer Provided by ConnectEd“What I love most about my career is how it integrates so many different aspects of the human spirit ...how we interact with our spaces, how we interact with art.” — Rachele L.
Sales StrategistProvided by ConnectEd“Business is about failing and doing better. Every time you fail, you have to improve in someway to get to the next level.” - Kishan Patel
County SupervisorProvided by ConnectEd“Sometimes you don’t know what you start - where it’s going to lead you and I think that’s the exciting thing.” - Wilma Chan
Day in the Life: Occupational Therapist Provided by ConnectEd“Make sure that your attitude is really positive working with patients or clients in a clinic setting.” – Lani H.
Day in the Life: Robotics Engineer Provided by ConnectEd“Robot whispering for me is about making sure robots behave well in human environments….” – Dr. Tessa L.
Fashion Designer Provided by ConnectEd“I think that being on Project Runway definitely taught me to trust my instincts.” – Melissa F.
Electric Vehicle Technician Provided by ConnectEd“What is it that actually makes you happy? ...I found that it’s dedicating yourself to a cause bigger that’s than yourself.”– Ben G.
Ichthyologist (Fish Biologist)Provided by ConnectEd“In the end that answer might become part of the general human knowledge, even if it’s a really tiny smidge of knowledge, it actually is incrementing the knowledge that you’re giving to mankind.” – Moises B.
Nonprofit Professional Provided by ConnectEd“I feel that every woman that I engage with gives me something for me to reflect back on, and that it is really actually a blessing that I’m able to be in their life.” – Dolores M.
Electric Motorcycle EngineerProvided by ConnectEd“You can make almost any job, a dream job by looking for opportunities to do more, to go beyond, to create things that people aren’t asking you for yet, but you might recognize a need for.” – Marc F.
Personal Trainer Provided by ConnectEd“In this profession, the more languages you speak, the more viable you are, and I think that’s true for any profession.” – Tiffany Ann F.
Deputy Chief of StaffProvided by ConnectEd“The best piece of advice I can give you is to persevere, and stay committed to your educational success.” – Paul Henderson
Software EngineerProvided by ConnectEdBecause I know how to build software, one day I can change my mind and build games or build an iOS app; I can build something for your phone. There are so many different kinds of possibilities. - Victoria S.
CartoonistProvided by ConnectEd “I really try my best to focus on issues concerning communities of color because I just don’t see that stuff tackled enough in cartooning and political cartoons” – Keith Knight
RoboticistProvided by ConnectEd“Seeing children’s reaction to these robotic characters is what makes this all important and real and worthwhile to me.” – Dr. Marek Michalowski
Registered NurseProvided by ConnectEd“I just didn’t really like high school that much, I didn’t really attend a lot of classes, [I] almost didn’t graduate.” – Keith Koga
MicrobiologistProvided by Gigniks“I became a flight instructor, and this is really what awakened my curiosity about understanding how the planet formed, and how different surface features formed.” – Dr. Katrina Edwards
Vice President of Food ServiceProvided by Gigniks“Start out and learn everything that you can basically from the ground floor. Don’t let pride get in the way of either being a dishwasher, being a prep cook.” – Paul Werner
Wedding Dress Designer Provided by ConnectEd“The best part is that something you created is bringing somebody happiness.” – Trish Lee
Energy DirectorProvided by Gigniks“The most satisfaction I get is when I talk to the employees [and] they tell me how excited they are to work at a company that cares and has these types of environmental programs in place.” – Lisa Day
Planetary Research ScientistProvided by ConnectEd“I think the biggest key to success is being passionate about something, and allowing yourself to be passionate about something.” – Margarita Marinova
PhotojournalistProvided by ConnectEd"This job is just really unique—it gives you an opportunity to see and do things that you never do in your normal everyday life.” – Sean Hiller
Mechanical EngineerProvided by ConnectEd“Connecting the physics to that actual hobby you have gets you excited to learn.” - Nivay Anandarajah
Theme Park Engineer Provided by Gigniks“I took a set design class in undergraduate school, and it turned out to be incredibly helpful and it changed my perspective on entertainment design.” – Betsy McIver
Yoga InstructorProvided by ConnectEd"Every teacher that I consistently went to [was] a role model, somebody that I would go to class or to go their training, so excited to learn how they lived their life.” - Shakthi Ganeshan
AstrobiologistProvided by Gigniks"It is really fun to think that for work I get to go discover the origin of life and whether there might be life on other planets." - Laurie Barge
Furniture Designer/MakerProvided by ConnectEd“The thing I love the most is just the act of creation—of having an idea, taking just a concept or a sketch, and making it this tangible object that could bring tears to someone’s eyes. ” – Jared Rusten
Space AnimatorProvided by Gigniks“When making an animation I fail constantly… I only have to get it right once, then I can show my successful animation a million times.” -Zareh Gorjian
Landscape ArchitectProvided by ConnectEd“What I love most about the field [is] the fact that we’re creating space, the places that people live in and spend their lives, and get to make them more beautiful, more functional, more enriching.” – Janice Nicol
Testbed AnalystProvided by Gigniks“There are tons of solutions to a single problem, and you just want to optimize and get the best one. If you think broader, you can just discover so many things that are amazing in this world.” – Luis Dominguez
Food StylistProvided by ConnectEd"I love working with the photographer and the art directors in creating something beautiful that other people look at and makes them just salivate.” - Kim Kissling
Mushroom Kit EntrepreneursProvided by ConnectEd"There's no roadmap to it. We just learned as we went. And it was scary at times, but also really fun when you figured out something no one had ever done before." -Alejandro Velez
Superior Court JudgeProvided by ConnectEd"I love everything about my job. If I won the lottery tomorrow I would still go to work, and I don’t think there are many people who would say that about their job.” – Hon. Leslie Landau
Transplant SurgeonProvided by GigniksTransplant surgeons operate on patients to replace various organs within the human body that are no longer able to perform efficiently.
Organic FarmerProvided by ConnectEdFarmers engage in agriculture to raise field crops, orchards, vineyards, or livestock to sell for a living. In advanced economies, a farmer is usually a farm owner, while employees of the farm are known as farm workers.
Solar Design EngineerProvided by ConnectEd“I try to find the right balance between functionality and aesthetics.” - Stefania Cargnello
PhotographerProvided by ConnectEd"I believe for a young photographer it is essential to have a camera that does not have a screen on the back." - Scott Chernis
Manufacturing EngineerProvided by ConnectEd”It’s great to know you had a hand in a satellite people depend on every day.” – Joenel Johnson, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Creature Effects CreatorProvided by Gigniks“You need to find a job in the business itself and learn from the people who are doing it. Because it’s very specific - the type of glues you use, the type of foam you use. Everything is learned from people who have learned it before.” – Mark Rappaport, Owner of Creature Effects INC
Vegan BakerProvided by ConnectEd"I have an accounting background, so that was helpful too, but a lot of it [isn't taught] in class. You kind of just have to learn as you go." - Shannon Michelle Radke
Shoe DesignerProvided by ConnectEd“There's always somebody who thinks your idea is not going to work. I think that's the hardest part about getting started with a product, is to have the confidence to keep moving forward.” – Shane Rattazzi, co-founder of DZR Shoes
Research Operations ManagerProvided by ConnectEd“We are working on problems that can really have a positive effect on the world and that’s an exciting thing because you can see the changes, and you can see how research results can directly translate into a better environment.” – Mara Bryan, Research Operations Manager, Energy Biosciences Institute
Graphic DesignerProvided by ConnectEd"Design is really about a process of thinking creatively and critically about how to solve something in a way that not only makes sense to people, but produces a solution to a problem." - Maurice Woods, Graphic Designer, Co-Founder of the Inneract Project
Art CuratorProvided by ConnectEd"Part of being a curator has to do with learning… You constantly have to become an expert at new material. So your curiosity is rewarded by amazing insights into the world around you.” - René de Guzman Senior Curator of Art Oakland Museum of California
Bridge BuilderProvided by ConnectEd"I'm the type of person who likes to think fast, and use my engineering background and my construction background and try to determine repairs on the go. Some people run away from that kind of thing, you know the pressure, but I seem to thrive." –Ken Brown, Civil Engineer, CalTrans
Floral DesignerProvided by Corduroy Media"I've learned so much more by actually just doing, than just reading books." - Pilar Zuniga, Owner of Gorgeous & Green
Art DirectorProvided by ConnectEd“The thing I love most about my job is the flexibility I get. I get to wear a lot of different hats. I get to have a hand in pretty much every aspect of the creative process here.” - Nikki Thayer, Art Director, Inigral, Inc.
Audio EngineerProvided by ConnectEd"It's the people I work with. It's just satisfying. When you're around artistic, creative, energetic people, it's infectious." - Kevin Weber, Audio Engineer, Spliggity Fidge
Prototype FabricatorProvided by ConnectEdIt’s a race to get product to the market and it can take months to get something from China. So by having it made by a prototyper in America, you get it right away and you can start marketing or start testing the little things about it.” – Jeff Tiedeken, fabricator, Creative Viewpoint Machinery
Recording ArtistProvided by ConnectEd”That's what I love about [songwriting] – that it helps me to connect with people. It helps me to know myself, it helps others to know me." – Adesha Adefele
AcupuncturistProvided by Corduroy MediaA licensed acupuncturist uses fine needles beneath the skin to encourage the proper circulation of the energy force within the body. Practitioners often use Chinese herbs to treat patients.
Application DeveloperProvided by ConnectEd“It's cool to build and design things that are easily accessible to millions.” Tyler Kuhn, Facebook Application Developer
Environmental ManagerProvided by ConnectEd"That's definitely priority number one, that we get in there and make sure we understand what's our there and do the right thing to clean it up." - Ian Robb, Environmental Project Manager, Chevron
Media Arts TeacherProvided by San Diego Unified School District“My favorite part is watching the kids have fun and taking something you taught them and really running with it.” Tony Corbin, Mission Bay High School
Robotics EngineerProvided by Gigniks"I come to work and I actually use a screwdriver and break things, if I want, or put things together. And I get paid for it. I really like working with what I call toys. I get paid to just think any way that I want and see if it works." - Dr. Ayanna Howard, Robotics Engineer
Firefighter/ParamedicProvided by San Diego Unified School District“When we show up, someone needs help. And we are able to provide that help to the best of our abilities. It really makes you feel good and warm inside. It makes you want to come into work the next day and do the same thing all over again” -Robert Logan, Fire Fighter.
How does Meckell M. help students center health and wellness in their very busy lives? Join her on a college campus in this episode, Day in the Life: Health Educator.
"Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards."
“Architectural designers design such projects as buildings, urban landscapes, and parks. In some cases, designers will work as a part of a company or studio, although they can also work independently."
A sales strategist is a person with responsibility for the formulation and implementation of a strategy within a business. This involves goal setting, innovative trade ideas and assists in the marketing of those trades to clients.
A county supervisor is a member of a local government board that helps to provide local legislation, budgeting and voting on issues in public meetings. They help plan, direct, and/or coordinate operational activities across different governing bodies, org
Robotics engineers design, build, and experiment with robots and robotic systems for a variety of uses, such as research, therapy, education, and entertainment.
Fashion designers design apparel, accessories and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics, create patterns, and give instructions on how they are designed.
Vehicle technicians are responsible for inspection, maintenance and repair of electric and/or gas-powered vehicles.
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