Extensive experience with diverse communities, including underserved populations and first gen college goers, has prepared me to MOTIVATE, build PROFESSIONAL SKILLS, plan FULFILLING CAREERS, and TRAIN in meeting career goals.
I aim to make enduring impact by nudging budding professionals toward a lifelong course of professional self-discovery.
Individual attention, interactive workshops, career storytelling, tailored handouts, are some approaches that encourage active participation and challenge participants toward self-exploration.
"..like a good scientist, Sylvia researches career resources, reads widely, and then effectively channels that knowledge to develop new advising strategies and workshop programming. Her resume, cover letter, mission building, interviewing, and networking workshops, include her breadth of experience, are inspirational, and always contain easy to apply formulas for practical results. Activities designed by Sylvia were guaranteed to be educational, interactive, and thought-provoking, so as to ensure that students left with tangible lessons to apply to their professional lives." C.F., J.D. Candidate at Northwestern Law
"...The workshop was vibrant, interactive, demanding (meaning that you need to work hard!) and on time, as a good workshop should be. It was less about talking and more about start fixing our resume / CV/ cover letter to better reflect our visions and skills. ...I enjoyed every second of the instruction as I believe that Sylvia's approach is innovative and extremely beneficial. I would recommend her workshop and guidance to every grad student in her/his early career.-A.Z., Environmental Project Manager; participant in Student Conference for Conservation Science (NY, 2018)-Meticulous Resume, Inspired Cover Letter, Articulate your Mission Simply Workshop
Seeing the avid level of thoughtfulness that Dr. Atsalis was putting into aiding me inspired me to truly take my future career path seriously....I was honored with participating in the National Science Foundation ‘New Biology’ Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Fellowship....was awarded the Ave Alvarado Excellence Award and the National Center for Institutional Diversity CIC Exemplary Undergraduate Summer Research Citation Nomination. ...I realized that none of it could have been possible without Sylvia's help." D.A, student, NEIU, class of 2016
"My experience with Sylvia Atsalis has been absolutely fantastic. I reached out to get advice on a summer internship for a government agency, expecting a single meeting with generic resume/cover letter advice. ...she went above and beyond...helped me craft an incredibly competitive application file. I have no doubt that my success in the application was due in large part to her careful analysis and thoughtful recommendations. Sylvia’s extensive understanding of a wide variety of career opportunities coupled with her professionalism makes her stand out from other career advisors." J.K., student, University of Chicago, class of 2021