Joshua Mason

What excites you about your new position?

The most exciting part to me is the colleagues and students I will get to interact with on a daily basis; their enthusiasm for learning, developing, and the institution is contagious.

What steps did you take and/ what resources did you access to land this particular opportunity?

Utilizing all of the resources at Notre Dame were essential to this outcome. Specific opportunities:  

  • Working in a lab that allowed me to perform cutting-edge research, serving as a teaching assistant (2.5 years)
  • Participating in professional development opportunities
  • Finding leadership opportunities--through my activity with Graduate Career Services, the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Union, STEM Ethical Leadership program, my involvement in student clubs (and even founding one)!

Looking back on your job search experience, what advice would you give to current students?

Prepare yourself for the job search on what things mean the most to you on which you will not compromise. One method I used was the LAMP analysis, as it helped me to narrow down options and focus my search toward only those to which I was excited to apply. I believe this excitement carried over into my application, as well.