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Major/Career...

  Choosing and/or changing your major/career path is a unique process that can vary significantly between different individuals. In general,career planning involves identifying one's skills, interests, values, and personality traits and learning which career paths would be a good fit based upon this information. The Career Development Center offers a wide selection of resources and tools to help you successfully complete such a self-inventory and from there, make both short-term and long-term career plans.

  • Review the ACTION PLANS listed below so that you can make the most of your collegiate experience and prepare yourself for "life after college" beginning your career path or attending Graduate School.
  • Schedule an appointment via e-mail to meet with a professional Career Counselor one-on-one. Please type "appointment request" in the subject line. You may also dial 973-353-5311 to schedule your appointment over the phone.
  • Gather ideas about likely career paths that are compatible to your interests and / or personality type through use of a VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS. One of our Career Counselors can review the results of the assessment with you and help you interpret your results.
  • Learn more about potential career directions and decisions through the Alumni Mentors (Career) Network. This is a database of successful Rutgers graduates from the Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses who have volunteered to act as Mentors and share their career experiences and knowledge with current students as well as other alumni.
  • Review the many books in our Career Library located in our main office Hill Hall Room 112. Peruse our downloadable bibliography.

Action Plans...

  • Undecided
  • First Year
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate School

Undecided...

  • Visit the Career Development Center located in Hill Hall 112 to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor for assistance with your choice of academic major and career planning / decision making.
  • Begin using our on-line career guidance system, FOCUS to explore your interests, personality, skills, values, and discover how these factors connect to academic major(s) and career choice(s).
  • Inquire about our traditional paper-and-pencil Vocational Inventories - including the Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory, and Strong Interest and Skills - to explore your personality and interests in greater depth.
  • Read your Rutgers-Newark Undergraduate Catalog for "major" program descriptions and requirements.
  • Meet with an 'Academic Advisor' within the Dean of Student Affairs office to review academic concerns such as curriculum requirements and specific course selections.
  • Consult with third and fourth year students and faculty members about various major and career options.
  • Arrange "informational interviews" through the Career Center with alumni and/or employers to learn more about a particular career field(s) you may be considering.
  • Continue to discover and develop your values, interests, and skills by enrolling in a broad spectrum of courses and participating in campus activities, volunteer work, part-time positions, and internships.

First Year Plan...

  • Carefully explore the Center's exclusive web-site to learn of the various activities, events and services offered. It will help you develop questions and areas of discussion for your first meeting with a Career Counselor. Visit our Main Office, Hill Hall 112 and make an appointment for Career Counseling. It is never too early to start this process.
  • Schedule an introductory appointment with a career counselor to discuss your concerns or ideas about choosing a major and career path. You will get personalized, one-on-one attention!
  • Utilize our on-line computerized guidance tool, FOCUS to explore your values, personality, interests and skills and discover how these factors can connect to major and career choice(s).
  • Inquire about our traditional paper-and-pencil vocational assessments to explore your personality and interests in greater depth.
  • Schedule follow-up appointments with your Career Counselor to review your progress. Maintain regular contact with your counselor as you work through this important decision-making process.
  • Learn more about career options in various majors by attending special Alumni events and Employer Information Sessions.
  • Look into the Career Development Center's Internship Program and part-time jobs to experience different environments while gaining valuable experience.
  • To obtain part-time or seasonal employment, develop a resume and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor. Attend an RaiderNet Activation meeting to attain access to the Center's RaiderNet, MonsterTRAK for Rutgers-Newark, and NACELink for Rutgers-Newark web-links. Here you will find all types of part-time and seasonal jobs, formal Internships, and entry-level professional (career) opportunities. You should also attend our annual Career Fair events held from September through April.
  • Participate in campus activities and clubs to develop leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. Remember, GPA isn't everything!

Sophomore Plan...

  • Check out the Career Development Center web site and review the various events, activities and services offered each semester.
  • If you have not already had an introductory meeting with a Career Counselor to discuss your concerns or ideas about choosing a major and career path, its now time to do so. You'll get personalized, one-on-one attention.
  • Use our on-line computerized guidance tool, FOCUS to explore your values, personality, interests and skills, and discover how these factors can influence your major and career choice.
  • Speak with a Career Counselor about our paper-and-pencil vocational tests to learn more about yourself and career alternatives with a "good fit".
  • Schedule follow-up appointments with your Career Counselor, as needed to review your progress. Stay in touch with your counselor as you work through this important decision making process.
  • Inquire about the Career Development Center's Internship Program or part-time job listings to explore prospects to acquire valuable work experience.
  • To explore and apply for 'available' Internship positions, attend an RaiderNet Activation Meeting. You should also have your resume critiqued by one of our Career Counselors. Resume critiques are done by appointment or during "Walk-In Periods".
  • To obtain part-time or seasonal employment, develop a resume and have it critiqued by a Career Counselor. Attend an RaiderNet Activation meeting to attain access to the Center's RaiderNet, MonsterTRAK for Rutgers-Newark, and NACELink for Rutgers-Newark web-links. Here you will find all types of part-time and seasonal jobs, formal Internships, and entry-level professional (career) opportunities. You should also attend our annual Career Fair events held from September through April.
  • Participate in campus activities to further develop leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. While important, GPA is not the only factor considered by employers for internship and employment interviews.

Junior Plan...

  • Visit the Career Development Center web-site and review the various activities and events scheduled each semester. Reference the site on a regular basis as new information is added daily/weekly.
  • Participate in student activities and/or volunteer work to enhance leadership, organizational, public speaking, writing and interpersonal skills. Remember, while important, GPA is not everything!
  • Attend CDC workshops such as "Resume Writing" and "Interview Skills & Strategies".
  • Schedule a "Mock Interview" to get prepared for your interviews.
  • Become familiar with the Graduate School Admissions process by attending the Graduate School Information Workshop. Also, take advantage of the graduate school exam preparation software available at the Learning Resource Center (LRC - Bradley Hall).
  • Attend an RaiderNet Activation Meeting. Have your Resume critiqued by a Career Counselor. If you are looking for an intern or part-time position, a Resume is compulsory!
  • Attend On-Campus Career Fairs that run from October through April in order to "develop your network by meeting employers face-to-face".
  • Submit your Resume to employers for part-time, summer, or internship positions through RaiderNet, MonsterTRAK for Rutgers-Newark and NACELink for Rutgers-Newark.

Senior Plan...

  • Check out the Career Development Center web page and review activities and events regularly. New Information is added all the time.
  • Take advantage of our computer lab, our career library, updated resource directories, employer literature files, and graduate school reference directories.
  • Register to participate in the On-Campus Recruiting Program by attending one (1) of our mandatory RaiderNet Activation Meetings. Finalize your Resume and have it approved by one of our Career Counselors.
  • Attend "On-Campus Career Fairs" located right here on the Rutgers-Newark Campus. Learn about Off-Campus Career Fairs, which you may also be eligible to attend.
  • Review on-line employment openings on RaiderNet, MonsterTRAK for Rutgers-Newark, and NACELink for Rutgers-Newark.
  • Attend an RaiderNet Activation Meeting. Have your Resume critiqued by a Career Counselor. If you are looking for an intern or part-time position, a Resume is compulsory!
  • Attend On-Campus Career Fairs that run from October through April in order to "develop your network" by meeting employers face-to-face.
  • Make plans to attend essential workshops on topics including interviewing, job search, interview image, and career fair preparation.

Graduate School...

    Junior Year

  • Research institutions and programs(www.gradschools.com)
  • Attend the Graduate/Professional School Fair held each year on-campus in the Fall semester
  • Talk to advisors about application requirements
  • Plan preparation for Graduate Admissions Testing
  • Investigate Financial Aid resources and prospects
  • Begin obtaining "Letters of Recommendation" and securing them online through a third-party company such as Interfolio
  • Take required graduate admissions test(s)(GRE, GMAS, MCAT,LSAT)
  • Request application materials from desired colleges and institutions
  • Visit institutions, attend open houses if possible
  • Begin writing your personal statement
  • Have the draft of your personal statement reviewed by a career counselor
  • Verify application(s) deadlines for targeted schools of interest

    Senior Year

  • Continue to collect Letters of Recommendation
  • Complete your personal statement/essay and have a career counselor critique it
  • Attend the Graduate/Professional School Fair held each year on-campus in October
  • Mail completed applications
  • Register for Graduate & Professional School Financial Aid Service, if required
  • Check with institutions before their deadlines to make sure your application is complete
  • Visit institutions that have accepted you, if possible
  • Send your deposit to the institution of your choice
  • Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your decision so that they may admit students on their waiting list
  • Send Thank You letters to people who wrote your recommendation letters informing them of your success
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