Surrounding yourself with positive people helps you get through career challenges, with Monica Villarruel

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Monica Villarruel, a research scientist for the state of California. They discuss Monica’s experience working as a research scientist outside of academia and how Monica was able to overcome the various challenges throughout her academic and professional journey. 

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How Monica found her way into the public health field from nutrition
  • Why Monica decided to pursue an MPH and the challenges she faced going back to school
  • How state research differs from research within academia and what a day in the life of a state research scientist looks like
    • Monica’s work with maternal and infant health and what other areas of research or opportunities are available
    • What skills may be beneficial to have for anyone interested in research outside of academia
  • Monica’s struggles with monotony in the workplace and how she was able to pull herself out of a rut
    • How surrounding yourself with mentors and a support network is essential in your career journey
  • What new developments are coming up for Monica

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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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