Exploring Careers Panel

Date Time Location
April 7th, 2015 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Sign-In and Doors Open at 1:45 p.m.)
Student Union, Ballroom C

What Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up?

Have you ever heard that before? I'm sure you have, especially now that you are in college, one step closer to starting your career. If you are having a hard time answering this question, like the majority of college students, then come hear from four SJSU alumni from the College of Humanities and the Arts and the College of Social Sciences as they share their stories about their own career path. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and network afterward.

angie kim
Angie Kim
Studied: Industrial Design
Career: Business Owner/Designer
Before taking the leap into leather goods, Angie Kim worked for over ten years as an Industrial designer, largely at the renowned design and innovation firm IDEO. In 2012, Kim lived and worked in India, where she became inspired to pursue her dream of creating her own product line. When she returned home, she left her day job, moved back to her hometown of San Francisco and spent the next year learning the craft of leather. AYK, her debut collection of leather handbags and accessories, launched summer of 2014. Kim has a degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University.

anthony korsund
Anthony Korsund
Studied: Liberal Arts/Spanish/Art/Philosophy/Educational Counseling
Career: Professor/Adviser
After traveling the world and writing, Anthony found a home at Chico State studying Liberal Arts and minoring in Spanish and Art. Once he graduated more travel and trying out various jobs kept Anthony going for several years until his travels took him to Japan where he taught English for 5 years. His study of the Japanese culture, language and philosophy inspired him to return to California and pursue a career as a professor. This decision brought Anthony to SJSU to study Philosophy in the Master of Arts program. During this time Anthony was able to lecture and advise students within residential life. This is where his passion for advising students was born. Despite being accepted into a PhD program in New York, Anthony chose to stay at San Jose State and earn a second master degree in Education Counseling. Today he is an Academic Adviser at the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

brittney reyes
Brittney Reyes
Studied: Psychology/Behavioral Science
Career: User Experience Researcher/Human Factors Engineer
Brittney graduated in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and an AA in behavioral science. During undergrad she interned at Stanford Psychophysiology as a research assistant. After she graduated she joined the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab full time as a research assistant. After a few years she decided not to pursue her PhD and instead pursued research opportunities at private companies. Britney was hired at a fitness wearable startup, Basis, which soon got bought by Intel. She is now working for Basis and the New Devices Group at Intel as a Human Factors Engineer running betas and conducting user research on new hardware and software.

yan yin choy
Yan Yin Choy
Studied: Environmental Studies/Anthropology
Career: Operations Manager
Yan Yin K. Choy is the Operations Manager at Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP), where she revitalizes civic engagement through pro-bono cross-sector partnerships to solve public problems and improve government services. From 2013 to 2014 she was an executive fellow for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), where she coordinated interagency efforts on open data, worked on General Plan Guidelines, and managed a cohort of twenty-one policy interns and fellows. Previously, Yan Yin was the Communications Director for CommUniverCity San José. She has also worked for the California State Assembly and Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy. During her time at SJSU, Yan Yin was an impactful leader and planned three benefit productions. She also received multiple awards and honors while studying at SJSU.

luclia ortiz
Luclia Ortiz
Studied: Spanish & Sociology
Career: Professor/Council Aide
Lucila Ortiz moved to San Jose in 1999, when she was 11 years old. She attended San Jose High Academy and James Lick High School. In 2010, she graduated from San Jose State University with a double major in Spanish and Sociology, with a concentration in community change. After graduating, she worked for 3 years as a community organizer with Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN). In 2013, she received a Masters degree in Spanish and started working as a part-time professor at De Anza College. In 2014, she became a Campaign Manager for Raul Peralez, who was running for San Jose City Council, District 3. She currently continues to teach Spanish at De Anza College, and is working part-time as a council aide to Councilmember Raul Peralez. Lucila loves interacting with her students at De Anza college, but also enjoys the political change she is able to drive at city hall. Her passion is in leadership development, community engagement, and education.