Sabrinauba – UConn Center for Career Development

Sabrina Uva, Human Development and Family Science (2022)

Student Success Story: Sabrinauba

Tara Malone: ​​Please introduce yourself, including your major and career interests.

Sabrina Uva: I am a senior at the University of Connecticut at Stamford Campus, majoring in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), and studying Gerontology and Psychology in Honors and Minors. My career interests are in research-based professions that contribute to making positive changes in society and the community. I am currently participating in an entrepreneurial co-operative education experience at Stamford Startup Studio (S3). I am excited to use my research background and people-based approach to solve industry-based problems and contribute to the development of innovative solutions. After graduating, I would like to gain knowledge and research experience in my field in the doctoral course in the field of HDFS, and use that experience to make a positive impact on the local community.

TM: How did you decide on your major and career path?

SU: HDFS is an interdisciplinary research field, so I decided to major in it. HDFS is a comprehensive program that you can learn, grow and apply in a variety of disciplines. The knowledge learned in the adult and aging classes and how the aging population is growing show that the population is changing. This information can be applied to any industry. I also participated in the HDFS Honors Program, which enhances my experience at UConn, as I was involved in the best research to learn and deepen my knowledge in my area.

I am currently studying the impact of anti-racist involvement on the psychological and academic adaptation of college students during a pandemic. This is an important study for me as our society faces pandemics, racial and political unrest. These topics are important to me. Because I believe we need to understand how these configurations and engagement activities affect the community. Research in this area will help us improve the way we tackle these issues and interact with each other, both scholarly and at work. Research experience will help you learn technical skills and give you confidence in communicating in your area. The Honor Student Program was a great experience. By doing research in my field, I was able to explore my interests deeply with my advisor and supported me at every stage. The next step in my career path is to apply for a PhD to expand my research experience within HDFS.

TM: How have you been involved in the campus? How did those experiences contribute to your professional development?

SU: I am the president of Huskys for Charity, a volunteer-based organization focused on service projects, volunteer opportunities and fundraising. Our mission is to influence the community while developing professional skills. We held a Career Development Center and Rà © sum à © Writing Workshop and cooperated with the “Dress for Success” program to provide students with free professional clothing. We donated to a homeless shelter to serve and created a virtual campaign to connect students during a pandemic. This helped fill the gap in social interaction during the isolated period. We look at the needs of the community and create projects around them. We also supported more than 10 SMEs that were hit by a pandemic. We support communities and broaden the range of ways we can adapt to the changing needs of society and the things around us. This same idea of ​​adaptation is important when I choose a career. Through research and learning projects, I want to be in a place where I can contribute to learning, growing and creating a more influential presence in the community. I would like to address the current research gap and contribute to my knowledge of women, anti-racism involvement, and aging.

TM: Tell us about your (current or previous) internship experience. What advice do you have for students looking for their first internship?

SU: I was selected as part of the first first cohort of Stamford Startup Studio (S3) in collaboration with a team of construction and real estate students and industry experts. I am very excited to learn new skills in this area and how to transfer this knowledge and create a positive community. I am particularly interested in helping develop technologies for vulnerable people, such as the elderly. I would like to apply this industry-based knowledge learned from my experience in co-op education to the field of HDFS and use my research skills to make a broad impact on the community.

My advice for students trying to land their first internship experience is to stay there without fear, as you won’t know until you give it a try. I recommend getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself in a space where you can influence. Don’t let fear stop you and let you go for it! Believe in you and find a mentor who can give you valuable advice. For internship landing methods, we recommend going to the Career Development Center as it will help you create your resume, practice your interview, and navigate the internship search process.

TM: What are the essential skills and professional qualities for an internship position?

SU: Engaging in the internship experience during the pandemic has shown that adaptability and learning motivation are essential skills to excel in the internship experience. Learning how to communicate professionally was an important part of my internship experience, as I needed to communicate my thoughts clearly to others. I learned how to communicate about my research process and contribute to the knowledge base in my field. Teamwork is another professional quality that I have learned in a leadership position.

TM: Which UConn groups, organizations and resources do you think have contributed to your success so far?

SU: The Career Development Center is a big part of my growth at UConn. I have workshops on R Tur © sum à © and LinkedIn, one-on-one career coaching services, career leadership experience certificate series, career fairs, dresses for success, pre-career fair mixers, and similar career events on campus. I participated in. These fulfilling opportunities contributed to the ability to communicate effectively with professionals, market yourself as a confident leader, and create a professional online presence. We recommend that you use the resources of the Career Center as soon as possible as it will help you in every step of your career path starting with internships, co-op education and future career opportunities...

Another resource that helped me while at UConn is the Netwerx program, which is part of the Werth Institute. The program leads to one-on-one mentoring sessions with UConn graduates and industry experts, effectively communicating with individuals in different disciplines, and strategic planning to build strong connections. It helped me reach my goal. This semester was my second time using this resource and connected me with a great mentor who helped me reach my personal goals. Not only did they help me do my organized work, but they also helped me acquire the skills I needed to be confident in any leadership position.

We encourage you to join a student organization to develop your leadership skills. Huskies for Charity (HFC) manages community-based volunteer events such as connecting with nonprofits, cleaning parks, driving professional clothing, veterans, homeless people, and children in crisis. I learned how to bring people together for a common purpose and foster a sense of community involvement. HFC was a way to strengthen my leadership skills and connect with like-minded people who are also interested in joining the community.

I also learned a lot from my research experience. If you are interested in continuing your education and expanding your knowledge of your field, we encourage you to take part in research opportunities. The Honors Program helped me gain a broader mindset and access a variety of fulfilling opportunities.

TM: What advice would you give to current UConn students trying to follow a similar career path?

SU: I suggest joining a new opportunity to explore your interests. Get out of your comfort zone to discover other industries as you are exposed to learning new knowledge and skill sets.

We also encourage you to network with interested graduates and professionals in leadership positions. LinkedIn and Handshake are great networking platforms that help you connect with organizations and business leaders in all areas. Contacting them for an information interview is a great way to connect and gain insights into their day-to-day experience, leadership roles, company / organizational benefits, industry changes, and career advice.

Take part in research opportunities, attend webins and career events, find mentors you can trust, and join the community wherever possible. HDFS is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand how people grow throughout their lives, a transferable science that takes advantage of a human-based approach to social issues and has a positive impact on the community. Participating in community and campus activities gives you access to other like-minded individuals who can grow, learn and grow.

Career paths in the HDFS space can extend to research-based disciplines, non-profit work, medical, policy, business, law, science, or any other discipline. I am particularly interested in research and are working to provide more knowledge in the field of HDFS.

Mentorship is also an important part of the student experience. It’s a good idea to find multiple mentors from different disciplines. After all, learning from different perspectives allows you to think outside the box about things you’ve never thought of before. Building true connections, getting valuable feedback, and learning from mentors is an important part of UConn’s growth that helps students succeed. Finding a core group of mentors with different departmental backgrounds will help you get better support throughout your academic and career journey.

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