Class of 2017, Dual Masters Degrees in Public Policy and Natural Resources
Senior Strategist at DTE Energy's Renewable Energy Solutions team
Born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, Arman Golrokhian Arman studied mechanical engineering at Sharif University in Iran before he came to the U.S in 2013 to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Michigan. After one year of course here, he was selected as an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellow, a very competitive national fellowship in the field of energy and sustainability.
At EDF, Arman worked with the City of New York and developed a strategic framework to model and manage energy use in thousands of municipal buildings in NYC. He honed quantitative and qualitative energy modelling skills and learned how to present complex results to senior executives. By referring to this experience as a success story, he demonstrated his proven track record. "A real-world experience is what employers usually look for, and students can use their internship/fellowship as a golden opportunity to demonstrate that."
"University of Michigan has one of the strongest alumni networks in the world." During his job searching, he connected with many UM alums, both American and international alums. He learned about their career path, company/organization, and skills that are most valued in his field. These connections were extremely valuable and helped him find and only focus on the positions that fit his interests and abilities. Especially for international students, it will be helpful for a better understanding of the rapidly-changing job market and help them best prepare for their ideal jobs.
Besides, term projects, Master’s projects, completing a thesis, and other program requirements are great ways to find your own passion and innate competencies. A term project can easily help you know if you like spending most of your time on computer models, or working with teams, or spending time in the field or even what topic most excites you.
Arman's biggest challenge has been navigating the work authorization process beyond the typical OPT and STEM OPT. International students have to keep this challenge in mind that after 1-3 years, they will most likely need visa sponsorship from their employer. "Discuss this with their employers as soon as possible," he advised.
Written by Yajie (Tina) Wang
Summer Orientation Peer Advisor