Preparation meets opportunity: career strategies to land dream jobs and the importance of mentorship, with WHO Epidemiologist, Alice Simniceanu

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Alice Simniceanu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the World Health Organization. They discuss Alice’s career journey and current work, the importance of mentorship, and advice on how to land your dream public health job.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How Alice became interested in the field of public health and more specifically, infection prevention and control
  • Alice’s career journey from working in a hospital setting to a global setting 
  • How reaching out can help you find your passion and open doors
  • Tips on how to sell yourself in interviews even if you may not have extensive experience
  • What a day in Alice’s life looks at
  • Alice’s experience working in infection control during the COVID pandemic
  • The biggest challenges Alice has faced through her career
  • The importance of finding good mentors in your career

Today’s Guest:

Alice Simniceanu is a public health professional in global public health and epidemiologist in infectious and emerging diseases, outbreak preparedness and response at WHO. She has experience in hospital epidemiology and infection prevention and control in diverse health care organizations working at international, national and sub-national levels. She holds an MPH from Queen’s University in Canada and is currently doing her PhD in Global Health at the University of Geneva.

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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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