Glen Duhé is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in San Diego for six years. He currently works for the State of California at the Employment Development department in the Unemployment Insurance Division where he adjudicates unemployment insurance claims and intermittently works as a trainer. Most of his professional work experience has been in the private sector in a sales/customer service capacity in various industries.
Why did you enroll in the BRIDGE project?
I decided to enroll in the BRIDGE project because I wanted to make a career transition into the life sciences, which is a promising industry for job growth especially here in San Diego. I also have an interest in health and anti-aging research, and medical treatment and devices.
Have you taken any of the BRIDGE workshops?
I have registered for all of the BRIDGE career workshops, and so far I’ve completed the Interviewing, Salary Negotiation, LinkedIn, and Resume Writing workshops. I am looking forward to scheduling sessions for one-on-one time with a career coach.
What did you think of the workshops?
I found the workshops to be extremely beneficial and rewarding. The exercises that we do individually or in groups during the workshops have helped me to focus more clearly on my career goals and to examine my skills, strengths, and weaknesses. I enjoy the classroom environment because it allows for a great exchange of ideas and feedback with other BRIDGE participants and the instructor.
What are the most valuable takeaways?
The importance of researching and analyzing the prospective job position and company. Every company has its own “culture” and you want to feel comfortable where you are working. You need to do your homework and have a game plan and strategy as you prepare for interviews, salary negotiation, networking, etc. It comes down to being professional and prepared.
Do you think students need the BRIDGE workshops?
The workshops are needed because whether you are a recent college graduate or an older adult like myself in career transition, the work environment is constantly changing and you need to stay current and abreast of the changes or else you will get left behind. The workshops provide important career tips and strategies no matter where you are on your career path.