B.S. Physics (specialization in astrophysics), UCI M.S. Materials Engineering, CSUN
I graduated in 2010 and struggled to find a job in a slowly-recovering economy. I began individual tutoring and quickly co-founded a tutoring company. The next year, I started a graduate program intended for folks with day jobs in industry.
Halfway through the program I landed my first full-time job as a materials test technician performing various mechanical tests on polymer composites.
About a year after earning a MS in materials engineering, I was hired into an entry level position at PPG Aerospace where I took up a multitude of roles ranging from research chemist to manufacturing engineer. And most recently, I've joined Northrop Grumman as a parts, materials, and processes engineer.
I've been at this position for just over two years and have hit my stride as the technical expert that my company needs.