Austen Mazenko '24

Peer Career Adviser

Concentration: Mathematics

Certificate: Applications of Computing

Home residential college: Whitman

Liaison residential college: Whitman

Career area interests: 

  • Social Impact
  • STEM

Activities, clubs, or organizations:

  • Men's Club Ultimate Frisbee
  • Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC)
  • Acts of Kindness
  • Spikeball
  • Whitman College Council
  • Princeton Students Against Gerrymandering
  • Princeton PUZZLES
  • Princeton ACM

Past internships or job experiences:

  • Computer Science Work-Study - Department of Defense
  • Data Science Intern - Princeton Gerrymandering Project

What's the most underrated/overlooked resource or service offered by the Center for Career Development?

The guides on the CCD website are honestly one of the most underrated resources out there. Whether you're looking for tips on resumes, cover letters, elevator pitches, or more, the guides provide everything from advice on where to start all the way to multiple samples tailored to people of differing backgrounds. Of the countless websites that offer tips on such important aspects of the career search, almost none are so clear and perfectly tailored to the college demographic as those just a few clicks away on the website.

How has your idea of a career or your career interests changed in the past 10 months?

In the past 10 months, I've come to realize that my interest in a computer science career lies primarily in coding only as a tool for a larger project, not occupying myself with developing software or spending all my time programming. Through two work experiences, one of which simply entailed writing a program to complete a task and the other that simply utilized coding as a step in the process of data analysis, I learned that I do not quite enjoy programming in and of itself, but primarily as a tool to speed up or enable completion of specific tasks. Accordingly, I am now much more discerning when looking out for technical positions because I know that I should be looking towards more research-oriented positions or possibly roles that employ machine learning in a larger project, not jobs that simply entail developing software for the majority of my time.