Investment & Outcomes

Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Carlie Hayes

Carlie Hayes '17

Forensic Science and Psychology

Hometown: DeKalb, Illinois

Describe your current job role:

I am obtaining a M.S. in crime scene investigation at George Washington University at night. By day, I work in Death Investigations at the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. I assist forensic investigators and medicolegal investigators during the postmortem investigative analysis for a case.


What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

While at PBA, I interned at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in the crime scene unit investigating homicides and suicides. At the same time, I was interning at the mental health unit, helping to assess detention center inmates. Before that, I was a forensic pathology intern at DeKalb County Coroner assisting with autopsies.


What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

That no matter where I end up after graduation, I will be challenged to find like-minded communities with shared values. At PBA it was second nature to talk about my faith and the impact it has on me every day. However, Washington, D. C. is a large city filled with working professionals who stay in their cubicles. Even though it's hard to find the right communities there, it's worth leaving my comfort zone to find them.  

 " Do not be afraid to be bold about your faith and foundation! Allow your employer and co-workers to fully see Christ through you."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA made me explore my strengths and weaknesses. I went abroad many times on missions. I loved every second of being submerged in another culture where I was a novice. Those moments are when I experienced what God was calling me into. PBA pushed me to intern in forensics, where I learned what a career would be like.


What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Professionalism was a necessity in landing my first full-time job. But that will never outweigh being myself in a setting I really care about.  Careers will span 40 plus years of your life, so spend those decades doing something you love, not just doing something to collect paychecks. Also, do not be afraid to be bold about your faith and foundation! Allow your employer and co-workers to fully see Christ through you.


Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

Of course! My mentor is PBA Professor Tiffany Roy. She has had tremendous impact on me. Not only did she teach me forensic science but she continually supports me. Prof. Roy encourages me to stand up for myself as a woman and Christian in a secular, male-dominated field.  My relationship with her is why I view this field with high hopes. 

Spotlight posted in July 2018. For current updates from Carlie, find her on LinkedIn. 

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