REGINALD WHITE: One of the things I love about being at Cornell is that every person who's here as a student comes with a dream of being something that they are not. And that they believe in the process of attending this environment, and being here, and taking classes, and engaging with other people, that they might be able to fulfill more of the dream that they have about who they could be in the world. I'd spent most of my career in industry. And we sold all kinds of interesting things. But we didn't sell hope. We didn't sell possibility.
TORAL PATEL: When it comes to higher education versus industry, I think there is a lot more about helping people find connections here. There is a bigger focus on your self development, everything from taking on what we call experiential development opportunities, to see you learn, where you have opportunities take online classes. And then there's also opportunities to take in-person classes as well. So lots and lots of opportunities for professional development here.
TAYLOR THOMPSON: I wanted to work at Cornell University just because of the great benefits and their learning opportunities. I'm still not sure what I want to do long term. But it would give me the chance to work, get experience, and then maybe down the road take classes, or get another degree.
I graduated from Cornell in 2015 and had the opportunity to work in Boston at a digital marketing agency. And then I moved back to Ithaca, New York, because I love the city more than I loved the bigger cities. I'm more comfortable in a smaller town setting. And my main goal was to work for Cornell. I really enjoyed my time here. And I wanted to bring that back to the students.
RICK BURGESS: For somebody like me, I didn't have a direct connection to Cornell. But as I talked to people who had been here, I knew some officers in the Navy who were Cornellians. And, you know, you do get the sense of hey, this is a unique place. And that experience is valued. All different backgrounds serve in the military. And certainly we have a wide variety of people that work here. So I think that's another thing is that you're familiar with people from different walks of life, who bring different skills. And then it's about, how do you pull the team together? How do you get a mission accomplished? And that's all very satisfying.
TIM PARSONS: Working at Cornell is more than just a job, you're impacting other things that are going on in the world. You're working at a world class organization in an Ivy League institution. You can't really get much better than that. The benefits make it a big draw. I had a child just recently, and I was able to use the Family and Medical Leave benefit that's offered here. And the flexibility and the accommodations that the university has provided have been just wonderful.
RICK BURGESS: It goes beyond just, we're here to get the work done. You know, we're here to also be part of a team, which means we respect each other, we value each other.
TORAL PATEL: Our goal is to make this entire campus feel welcoming for everybody that comes here.
REGINALD WHITE: You can be who you are, bring your best self to work, and find that the environment that you work in is supportive of the ways in which you want to express the best of who you can be.
TAYLOR THOMPSON: I feel like working at Cornell University you have a great family base and a community. I was worried that I wasn't going to have any friends or people my age. But in fact, there's actually a lot of younger people working here. And there's a lot of younger people in the community. So you have the opportunity to meet people at work but also outside of work.
REGINALD WHITE: It's a great place to work, and there are some great people. And we're trying to make it even better. And it will be better with each new person that comes in.
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What is it like to work at Cornell? Employees talk about what their experience here has meant to them.