From Here, to There: A Podcast with the Career Fellows

How did they get from here, to there? Career Fellows talk to Tufts alumni about their career journeys, how they made decisions, what they did when things didn’t go as planned, and lessons learned along the way.

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Episode 9 – Jessica Côté ’93

In this episode, we talk to Jessica Côté, who graduated in 1993 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She later went to graduate school to get a degree in Ocean Engineering, and now runs her own ocean engineering business, Blue Coast. We talk about how mentors can help you in your career, how to find and pursue your own niche, and the importance of networking.


Episode 8 – Jona Tanguay ’18

In this episode, we talk with Jona Tanguay, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in biology. After graduating from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, they began practicing and specializing in care for LGBTQ and other underserved populations. We talk about the practical differences between being a Doctor and a Physician Associate, how to find a career that fits your personality, and the process of applying to graduate programs.


Episode 7 – Nick Cutsumpas ’14

In this episode, we talk to Nick Cutsumpas, who graduated in 2014 with degrees in Psychology and Entrepreneurship. He now runs Farmer Nick, a plant coaching business. We discuss how pivots in one’s career paths can come in the moment when you least expect it, how concepts from his Tufts courses have helped him navigate his business, and how his passion for regenerative environmental action and justice has manifested through his work.


Episode 6 – Thomas Rind ’18

In this episode, we talk to Thomas Rind, who graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program in 2018. He just started as a software engineer at Google. We talk about what computer engineering really is, tech industry work environments, and what different jobs can look like for software engineers.


Episode 5 – Erin O’Donnell ’11

In this episode, we talk to Erin O’Donnell, who graduated in 2011 with degrees in International Relations and Psychology. She now works as an Associate Director of Education and Global Programs at The House Institute Foundation. We discuss how uncertainty is a career strength, how to maintain a work-life balance, and some nontraditional resources that can help both in your career and life.


Episode 4 – Christine Barthelemy ’19

Christine Barthelemy majored in Biopsychology at Tufts and is currently working as a Regulatory Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also a cofounder of Sapphire Hues, a community organization centered around uplifting art and literature of people of color. In this episode, the Career Fellows talk with Christine about how she balances her passions with her work life, and how she feels her time at Tufts prepared her to do so.


Episode 3 – Esther Kim ’15

Esther Kim is an alum from the class of 2015. She graduated with majors in American Studies and Child Studies & Human Development and now works as a high school counselor at Lexington High school. In this episode, she describes her counseling role, transformational education experiences that encouraged her to work in education, and her wish to empower students and young people especially through doing community-based work.

Episode 2 – Ralfi Salhon ’20

In this episode, we are joined by Ralfi Salhon, who graduated in the class of 2020 and was an international student from Turkey. He majored in computer science at Tufts and now works as a front-end developer at Talos Trading. We discuss Ralfi’s advice for setting oneself up for success as an international student doing job search, doing personal projects as a useful way to develop technical skills, and tips to embolden listeners when interviewing and networking.

Episode 1 – Zach Merchant ’17

In our first episode, we are joined by Zach Merchant from the class of 2017. Zach majored in political science at Tufts and is now working as a reporter at WUSA9 while also attending law school at Georgetown. While a student at Tufts, Zach served as the president of 180 Consulting and worked towards a career in consulting until he changed course during his junior year. In this episode, Zach tells us about his transition from consulting to journalism, the resources he utilized to find opportunities, and mentors that supported him.

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