Presented by Career Services...Your Link to the Future Office of the Vice-President for Undergraduate Education
This issue sponsored by A Supplement Yo ur g u i d e t o j o b s , i n tern sh ips, an d gradu ate sch ool Volume 37 #1
September 7, 2010
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS! “CareerKnight” : THE RUTGERS JOB AND INTERNSHIP SYSTEM An Interview with Dorothy Kerr, Executive Manager, Employer Services
spring are eligible to interview for full-time positions following graduation, and sophomores and juniors can interview for summer internships.
Are you a senior thinking about full-time jobs after graduation or a sophomore or junior thinking about an internship? Our CareerKnight job search portal is your one-stop source for online jobs and internships, career fairs, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviews. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the oncampus interviewing portion of the portal. You can register by logging onto http://careerservices.rutgers.edu and clicking on “Student Login to CareerKnight”—start checking out jobs, internships, and much more!
When and where do interviews take place? Fall interviews begin in September in the Career & Inter view Center in the Busch Campus Center. Interviews for full-time positions occur throughout the fall and spring. Most interviews for summer internships are in February and March. Fall recruiting is dominated by accounting, engineering, and computer firms. Spring recruiting has a wider mix of employers, many seeking all majors. The fall has become a heavier recruiting semester than the spring, so it is important to get an early start.
How many employers recruit on campus each year? Each year, over 200 employers recruit on campus. Despite the slowdown in the economy in 2009, we expect to have a relatively good recruiting year in 2010-2011. What are the top employers hiring Rutgers graduates? Johnson and Johnson once again topped the list of employers hiring the most Rutgers graduates. Other top employers (in alphabetical order) include Accenture, Bank of America, Barclays, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential, and Target. Is on-campus interviewing for everyone? Most employers that recruit at Rutgers fall into two broad categories: financial ser vices and technical. Accordingly, business, engineering, and computer science majors have the best chances of being selected for multiple inter views. However, over 100 other employers recruited on campus last year for a ll ma jors. Who is eligible to participate in on-campus interviews? Seniors and graduate students graduating this fall or next
How does the job search por tal work? CareerKnight enables you to conduct all aspects of the on-campus interview process (except the actual interview) online, 24/7. Each week you read job descriptions, submit resumes to employers, check to see if you have been selected for an interview, and schedule your interviews. Go to http://careerservices.rutgers.edu and log in to get started. How can you best prepare for campus interviews? The single best resource for accurate information is the employer’s website. Prepare two or three good questions to ask the recruiter. Practice interviewing at Career Services. Read the section on "Interviewing" in the Career Services Guide. And review our Career Services website for our online career research websites such as Vault and WetFeet. What should you do if you have additional questions? Consult the Career Services office in the Busch Career & Interview Center or the Career Center at 46 College Avenue. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions. Good luck!
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Figure out your major, career and graduate school options. Get the scoop on the latest careers and job search strategies. Check out the hottest job postings. Prepare to stand out from the crowd during career days. Create a resume that makes the cut. Land the campus interview of your dreams. “Slam dunk” your next interview with one-on-one mock interviews. Explore the links on our website to become a career savvy web-surfer. Develop a winning game plan to compete in today’s job market. Connect with career professionals dedicated to helping you reach your goals.
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In This Issue Attention All Students! The Rutgers Job and Internship System Top 10 Reasons to Visit Careers Where RU Headed
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We asked students, “How do you plan to use Career Services this semester?”
Christopher Pelaez ‘12
Jessica Melo ‘11
“I look at Career Services as a guide to my future. I expect to use the counseling services that will help me make the right career decisions going forward.”
“This fall I will use Career Services to make sure I am on the right track, scheduling interviews, using CareerKnight, and getting advice from the career counselors.”
Curt Villarosa ‘12
Mary Joyce Poblete ‘11
Finance & Marketing
“As the new marketing intern I will be very involved in all the Career Services events this fall. I plan to network with the professionals working with Career Services while attending events.”
Jaclyn Rosenberg ‘11 Public Health “I plan to use Career Services to help me get a job when I graduate. I’ll use CareerKnight and other tools to help find a job.”
“During the fall semester I plan to attend career days and utilize the Career & Interview Center for practice interviews.”
Mayank Gulati ‘10 Economics/Psychology “Career Services is very helpful. I started doing it all on my own, but now I am a senior, and the economy is tough. My friends told me to try Career Services. I hope they will help me showcase my skills to employers and target my career plans. They have already helped a lot.”
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STAFF DIRECTORY Career and Interview Center Busch Campus Center 732-445-6127 Janet Jones, Senior Associate Director Greg Sobol, Assistant Director Jennifer Broyles, Assistant Director Joe Scott, Assistant Director Sue Pye, Assistant Director Tammy Samuels, Assistant Director Toi Tyson, Assistant Director Marcia Milgrom, Career Counselor Barbra Bonifield, Career Services Coordinator Toni Berlingieri, Career Services Coordinator
Career Center at 46 College Avenue 732-932-7997 Chrystal McArthur, Senior Associate Director David Bills, Assistant Director Larry Jacobs, Assistant Director (and Buddy) Monica Bryant, Assistant Director Sylvia Cordero, Assistant Director Tina Vance Knight, Assistant Director Doug Ricci, Career Counselor Scott Borden, Career Counselor Linda Bagen, Career Services Assistant Mark Kerr, Career Services Assistant/Special Projects
Administrative Office 56 College Avenue 732-932-7287 Richard L. White, Director Dorothy Kerr, Employer Services Executive Manager Janet Bernardin, Special Programs Manager Barbara Melamed, Marketing & Website Manager Alison Koo, Budget and Technical Coordinator Larissa Keller, Employer Services Coordinator Lisa Goddard, Employer Services Coordinator Mary Beth Kimberlin, Employer Services Assistant
Ask The Director Dear Director: I am currently a junior and a French major. I’m thinking about a possible second major, but not quite sure what jobs are available with my major and what other major would help me obtain a job after graduation. Can Career Services help? --Junior French Major
Dear Junior French Major: You have come to the right place. Career Services can help. I have two suggestions: For a list of jobs obtained by Rutgers French graduates during the past decade, log on to our “Majors and Career Profiles” series. The website is: http://careerservices.rutgers.edu/CareerHandouts.shtml You will find that French majors move into a variety of fields, many unrelated to their study of French language and literature. Try to keep an open mind regarding the type of work that you will later pursue. To discuss your academic and career interests in detail and possibly take a skills assessment, schedule an appointment with a career counselor at one of the following locations: 46 College Avenue—Call 732-932-7997 BCC—Call 732-445-6127 Ext. 0 Good luck with your career planning. --Dr. Richard White Director, Career Services
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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK by Richard L. White Director, Career Services
You've heard the phrase, "something for everyone." It describes what’s in store for you in this first of six issues of Careers during the 20102011 academic year. Take a look at our stor y about “CareerKnight,” our Dr. Richard L. White job and internship online Director of Career Services system. It’s an inter view with Dorothy Kerr, executive manager of employer ser vices, who manages the CareerKnight system. The inter view focuses on the on-campus inter viewing part of the program. CareerKnight not only brings employers and job seekers together for inter views on campus, but also is the source of thousands of jobs and internships each year. If you haven’t registered yet for CareerKnight, I encourage you to join more than 13,000 Rutgers students and alumni who have set up their CareerKnight account since it debuted in May 2008. In “Class of 2010: Where Are They Now?” you will read about the successes of the most recent graduating class, based on last spring’s senior survey. Finally, if you haven’t yet visited Career
Services, see our “Top 10” reasons to come by. You’re bound to find at least a few! This issue of Careers also features our “12Step Action Plan for Seniors,” providing concrete tips for all seniors, whether you're thinking about graduate school, the job market, or both. Watch your email and The Targum for our “Career Services Weekly,” which will feature upcoming events. And don’t forget to pick up your 2010-2011 Career Services Guide for resume tips, resume samples, and the inside scoop on preparing for a job or graduate school. It’s available at any of our offices: Busch Campus Center, 46 College Avenue, or 56 College Avenue. We are excited about the third year of the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program. Gain credit for your internships or co-ops during the fall, spring, or summer. Log on to careerservices.rutgers.edu and click on “Rutgers Internship & Co-op” under Quick Links. In a nutshell, the mission of Career Services is to assist you in preparing for life beyond Rutgers. Even though that may seem a long way off, don’t wait until the spring of your senior year to utilize Career Services. We offer a broad range of ser vices during all four years at Rutgers as well as the graduate level. Stop by and see what we can do for you! Have a great fall. And watch for our next issue of “Careers” on October 5.
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CLASS OF 2010: Where are they now? “Where RU Headed?” That was the question asked countless times to members of the Class of 2010 during their senior year by parents, relatives, friends, neighbors, professors, and, of course, Career Services. Now we have some answers. Our “Quick Senior Survey,” conducted this past spring, provides a snapshot of the graduates’ experience at Rutgers as well as the employers that hired them and graduate schools that accepted them. “The news for recent Rutgers grads is better than for general workers in this tough economy,” says Richard White, New Brunswick-wide Director of Career Services. “With the national unemployment rate hovering around 9.5%, the jobless rate for college grads is less than 5%. There is no doubt that in this climate, job seekers will need to work hard to find a job, but jobs are out there for graduates with strong communication, management, technical, and teamwork skills.” The 2010 “Senior Report,” which will be published later this month by Career Services, provides information on over 1,800 graduates pursuing jobs or graduate school. Johnson & Johnson is once again the #1 hiring organization at Rutgers. Others include Accenture, Bank of America, Barclay’s, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential, and Target. Greg Sobol, Assistant Director of Career Services in the Busch Campus Center, closely follows the graduate and professional school trends. “Once again,” says Sobol, “the impressive list of schools demonstrates that if you come to Rutgers, work hard, and do well, you can attend the finest graduate and professional schools in the country – or the world.” While it is not surprising that Rutgers is the #1 graduate school that 2010 grads are attending, other distinguished schools accepting recent graduates include Columbia, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, NYU, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Yale.
Career Services Inbox Dear Dr. White: About two months ago you reviewed my personal statement for the Graduate School of Education here at Rutgers. I presented my personal statement to you at the very last minute, but you still managed to help me improve it dramatically. With your help, I am glad to inform you that I was accepted into the program. You really helped me during a tough time and it paid off in the end. I cannot fully express my gratitude in words: you really have played a key role in making my dreams come true. Once again thank you very much for everything you have done for me. Tanya Carneiro Journalism and Media Studies/English, Class of 2011 GSE, Class of 2012
2-day GRE Test Prep Seminars October 23 & 30, 11:30 – 7:30 $250
DID YOU KNOW? The Career Services website received more than 678,000 visitors in 2009-2010.
Go to http://careerservices.rutgers.edu then “graduate school plans” then “GRE Test Prep Seminars” to register
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ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS: An interview with Namrata Kulkarni, President of EWB-Rutgers chapter 1 . Why did you decide to come to Rutgers and why did you choose biomedical engineering? Rutgers offers a dynamic environment, great research and extracurricular opportunities, and a competitive engineering school. I immediately realized that there are many routes to success through the great academics at Rutgers and the depth of organizations like Engineers Without Borders. I chose biomedical engineering because it is a booming field that draws knowledge from the chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering fields. It allows students to gain engineering skills while working on innovative solutions to problems. 2 . How long has Rutgers had a chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)? What prompted your interest? EWB-Rutgers started in 2005, and I joined in 2007 as a first-year student. I was inspired by the students running it and decided to travel to an international conference in Seattle my first year. I was blown away by the incredible work that engineers and engineering students were doing. Rainwater harvesting systems in Uganda, inventive stoves to reduce air pollution in India, energy solutions for Nicaragua, to name a few, were projects that seemed challenging but exciting. I returned to campus inspired to generate the same level of interest, involvement, and service at Rutgers. 3 . In what countries are Rutgers students currently working? What projects are they working on? EWB-Rutgers students are working on water purification in Thailand, water supply and distribution in Kenya, and water supply in Guatemala. Each travel team consists of 3-6 people, but there are 5-10 other students on each of the project committees.
Additionally, the E-Board consists of approximately 15 students. So far EWB-Rutgers has traveled to Thailand twice, Guatemala twice, and Kenya once. According to EWB-USA guidelines, the commitment to each community is at least 5 years, spanning one project or a few. Each project consists of technical work; organizing meetings and trips; correspondence with the community, EWB-USA project managers, and non-governmental organizations; fundraising, writing grants, and contacting corporations; publicizing the project and associated events; and attending conferences and workshops. 4 . P lease describe your own p ersonal EWB stor y. I have traveled to Guatemala twice, where I experienced some of the best moments in my life. The Water Committee and municipality treated us with respect and hospitality. Everyone put aside differences in customs and in language to try to analyze the water system and think of alternative solutions. At the end of our trips, the community presented us with shirts with embroidery hand woven by the women to thank us for our work. The host family has also always been generous and kind. We brought Rutgers gear as gifts, which they love to wear. We have remained in contact, and it is always a delight to speak to them. These people truly are in need of a good water system, and each time we return they are happy to see us. I have made great friends with many of the students. Our trips to Guatemala, a Hurricane Katrina Relief trip to New Orleans, and conferences in Seattle, Milwaukee, and the University of Maryland have been exhilarating and team-building experiences.
5 . What are the benefits of an overseas experience with EWB? There are several benefits of working with EWB: meeting other students, faculty, and deans who Engineers Without Borders-Rutgers in Guatemala, August 2009 are dedicated to improving the Bottom Row: Three members of the NSCI Water Committee; Middle Row: Ben Barrie lives of the (Appropriate Technology Collaborative), Monal Agrawal (RU-Mech. Engr. ‘12), Sandra underprivileged Kutzing (Camp Dresser & McKee), Namrata Kulkarni (RU-Biomed. Engr. ’11); through sustainTop Row: Sho Ohata (RU-Chem. Engr. ’10) able solutions; working on real engineering programs with the community, the teams work problems with professional engineers; working toward community empowerment as well. Finally, on a real-world problem that takes into account we hope to host events such as our annual golf outthe society, economy, culture, and government of ing and Walk for Water. a community; experiencing the difficulties and rewards of organizing a project, fundraising, and creating awareness; and, of course, working with This year, Dean Thomas Farris of the School of a community first hand in a very different part of Engineering, Busch Campus Dean Thomas the world. The heightened sense of giving and Papathomas, College Avenue Campus Dean Matt receiving is unlike any other. Matsuda, and Cook College Dean Rick Ludescher are helping to fund an EWB-Rutgers documentary, directed by Dena Seidel of the English 6 . What are your responsibilities as a Department. The documentary will include projleader of EWB-Rutgers ect meetings in the U.S. as well as progress of the three projects abroad. A promo is scheduled for My responsibilities are to ensure that all our goals are achieved, that each member finds a place in the the end of September. We hope it will aid organization, and that each project progresses dur- in publicizing our cause and obtaining funds. ing the year. In the past, we have not approached 7 . What are your plans following graduation? corporations for sponsorships, but this year, our focus will be to obtain corporate funding for our I want to engage in various experiences to improve real-world engineering projects. Additionally, we are aiming to implement our Guatemala and society. I plan to work in a biomedical or medicalrelated company for a year, then attend medical Thailand projects, and a successful second assessment for the Kenya project. Through educational school and perhaps join Doctors Without Borders.
DID YOU KNOW? Graduating college seniors who used their campus career services office were more likely to get a job offer, according to a new study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
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12 - STEP ACTION PLAN FOR SENIORS Now that you are a senior, it’s time to think seriously about your future plans. We know--May still seems a long way off. But whether you are thinking about a job, graduate school, or both, now is the time to begin putting together a personal action plan. Here’s a 12-step plan to get you started. Tips for All Students 1. Stop by any office of Career Services and pick up our 2010-2011 Career Services Guide, containing sample resumes and letters, and information on finding a job, applying to graduate school and many other topics. 2. Visit the Career Services website at http://careerservices.rutgers.edu for lots of useful information. Use the Internet for other job search and graduate school resources. 3. Attend Career Services seminars on a wide range of topics, including resume writing, interviewing, Internet job search, and applying to graduate school. Visit us online and click on “Events.” 4. Develop or update your resume for job or graduate school purposes. Prepare a word processed edition and an electronic version for CareerKnight and other resume databases. 5. Utilize our interactive career guidance system, Focus, or our own Rutgers Online Career Planning Site. Use these to identify your interests, skills and values and how they relate to majors and career fields. For information call 732-932-7997. If You’re Pursuing a Job 6. Register for CareerKnight, the on-campus interviewing program, and participate throughout the year. Over 200 employers will recruit seniors this year on the Rutgers campus. 7. Attend our fall career days: Engineering & Computer Science on September 24; Math & Actuarial on October 8; and Business & Liberal Arts on October 15. Mark your calendars now for our biggest event of the year: New Jersey Collegiate Career Day on January 6, 2011. 8. Attend employer information sessions to meet recruiters, gather first-hand information, and gain a competitive edge. Over 50 sessions are scheduled each year at the BCC or RSC. 9. Access jobs and internships online through CareerKnight. Go to http://careerservices.rutgers.edu and click on “Student Login to CareerKnight.” Over 10,000 jobs and internships appeared last year, earmarked for Rutgers students. If You’re Pursuing Graduate School 10. Attend two events this fall: Rutgers Graduate and Professional School Expo (Rutgers programs) on October 9 in the Livingston Student Center; and Graduate and Professional School Day (nationwide programs) on November 3 in the Rutgers Student Center. 11. Set up a credentials file through Interfolio, our online credentials service. Go to www.interfolio.com . Request letters of recommendation from three professors who know you and your work well. 12. Attend our two-day, $250 GRE test prep seminar on successive Saturdays, October 23rd and 30th, in the Busch Campus Center from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW? You can earn 3 credits for an internship and 6 credits for a co-op through the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program. It’s open to all undergraduates, regardless of major.
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