Want to know what it takes to be named the Student Employee of the Year? Read what this year’s winner, Jen A. from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has to say about her experience. Jen is a junior double majoring in Public Health and Writing Seminars with a minor in Spanish Language & Hispanic Culture, and started working at Bloomberg at the beginning of this academic year after working as a Lead Caller for the Johns Hopkins Phonathon.
Emily H.: How did you get started working at Bloomberg?
Jen A.: I saw this job posting in the Public Health Studies newsletter and applied because it was in the Health Policy and Management Department and mentioned conducting phone interviews, a skill I learned working for Phonathon. I was hired because of my ability to respond quickly and professionally over the phone, and make good judgment calls.
EH: What are your job responsibilities?
JA: I am responsible for mailing and screening for study recruitment, interacting with primary care patients and their family members in the clinic, audio coding primary care visits, conducting phone interviews, electronic data capture and analysis. I also contribute to additional ongoing projects by conducting literature reviews, analyzing outcome measurement batteries, and assisting with grant applications.
EH: What skills have you gained from this position?
JA: I’ve learned a lot about research execution and design through this position. By participating in study recruitment and interviews, I have gained strong interpersonal and organization skills that are required to execute a study. From being involved in the early planning stages of large research projects, I have developed the critical thinking and analytical skills that are required to design a study.
EH: Has this position impacted your personal and professional goals?
JA: Working in this research position has solidified my desire to pursue public health research after graduation.
EH: How has working shaped your Hopkins experience overall?
JA: Being a student employee at Hopkins has helped me with my time management skills, especially since my work is located at the East Baltimore campus. It has also helped me to step outside my comfort zone and given me the confidence to take on challenging individual research projects.
EH: What advice do you have for job-seeking students?
JA: Job-seeking students should apply to positions that genuinely interest them, and should challenge themselves to go the extra mile in their work.
EH: Any final thoughts?
JA: Find meaning in the work you do and in every task you undertake, even the mundane ones. Find how it contributes toward something you think is important.
Thanks Jen, and congrats again on your award!