Career Readiness Week


SAS Career (and Life!) Readiness Week (Apr. 27- May 1)

Grab a cup of coffee. Relax and learn. Be inspired and find hope. You are among friends.

Join us for a week of quick-bite WebEx talks to help you create a purpose-filled life and career in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Talks will feature information on the “new” job market and skills in demand; tips from SAS alumni about how to use your Rutgers experience to adapt and cope; stories from recent alumni who are managing new careers during the COVID crisis; and others.

Hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences, Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences initiative in coordination with the University Office of Career Explorations and Success. For more information and resources to help your job search during the COVID-19 crisis, click here



Where did the jobs go and what should I do now? Fri. May 1 at 11:30-12:00pm Watch Here!

Speaker: William Rodgers III, Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Dr. Rodgers was recently appointed, along with Rutgers' incoming President Jonathan Holloway and other leaders, to the New Jersey Recovery and Restart Commission. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Co-Chair of the Academy’s 2010 Conference, “Lessons from a Bad Economy for Jobs, Retirement, and Health Security.” From November 2009 to January 2010, Rodgers served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team.

Get your job market questions answered in this workshop. Learn about tools you can use to get a better view on where jobs are shrinking and growing during COVID, as well as tools to help you match your skills to available career track jobs. Also learn about the skills that are in demand now for high-paying career-related jobs, as well as strategies to beat the odds and succeed over the long term, even if you have to make a rocky start due to the crisis. 


How to be creative in a mundane world without having to live in your parents' basement the rest of your life. Mon. April 27 11:00am-11:30am Watch Here!                             
Keith M. Armonaitis '95 Theater Arts Lead, Innovation Lab, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Award-winning Independent Film maker. Keith has discovered that, despite popular belief, you do not have to choose between a creative life and financial stability. You can have it all (though maybe not all at once). He has managed his career through several rough patches, and he is always on the lookout for ways to weave creative impulses into his his life and work. Join Keith for a talk about how to keep navigating toward work and life pursuits that keep your creative spirit alive, even in tough times. 


How to build your money-making skills right now Tues. April 28, 9:30-10am  Watch Here!
Speaker: Jill Vitiello (English) Chief Executive Officer, Vitiello Communications Group (VTLO) In the midst of a recession, Jill Vitiello graduated Rutgers with a degree in English and no clear career path. Today, she is a successful business owner, leading an agency that provides communications and change management consulting to Fortune 500 companies. How did she go from the Banks to Wall Street to CEO? By developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Join Jill for an interactive discussion on how you can build your money-making skills right now from the safety of your own home. Plus, we’ll talk about actions to fast-track your professional profile and enhance your hireability.


Flying by the seat of your pants…and building skills!  Tues April 28 10:00am-10:30am - Watch Here!
Speaker: Nicole (Corre) Taetsch ’04 Comparative Literature Vice President, Client Relations ZAIS Group, LLC

Whether you choose to pave your own way or life shoves you in new directions, you often feel like you are flying by the seat of your pants.  Nicole Taetsch has done a bit of both in her journey from comparative literature to finance and she is now learning to juggle a toddler and working from home remotely. Nicole will reflect on how her experiences – at RUSAS, in her career, and through the COVID crisis – have helped her to build skills that keep her keep flying and give her confidence that she will find new ways to manage whatever lies ahead. She will help you understand how you are also developing valuable skills even while you feel like you are making things up as you go. She will also share tips on how to communicate with employers about these new skills.


Doing it the Wright Way: How to use your SAS degree to reinvent yourself…again! Tues April 28 4:00-4:30pm Watch Here!
Speaker: Tim Wright, '13 Criminal Justice  Entrepreneur & Philanthropist Rutgers football, NFL, The Wright Cut, Dome Audio Headphones. 

Tim Wright knows a lot about creating his own path. From Rutgers Football to the Superbowl, and from opening his dream business - the Wright Cut on Livingston Campus - to becoming a strategic partner in a new audio business. Join Tim for a talk about the lessons he has learned through his journey. Success is not a given. Tim's talk will cover themes that include: 
-Using the resources around you to pursue your goals (Rutgers)
-Facing fear, with preparation & repetition (NFL Story)
-Overcoming obstacles (physical, emotional, psychological)
-Turn passions, into careers (The Wright Cut)
-Thinking Global (Dome Audio)
-Decisions today, impact tomorrow (Discipline)
-Integrity (What’s done in the dark, eventually comes to light)
-Be a sponge (Growth & Development)
-Beating the odds (Success)


***Don't forget about this event sponsored by the Office of Career Exploration and Success: Tues. Apr 28 2020; 7:00PM - 08:00PM
COVID-19 Job Search Boost Virtual Workshop (Option B)***



Find the People You Click With Best: Successful networking in a world without handshakes Wed. April 29 12:00pm-12:30pm Watch Here!
Speaker: Calvin Schwartz  An alumnus of Rutgers School of Pharmacy, Calvin crafted a career that included being a pharmacist, eyewear sales leader, journalist, professor, and novelist. With over 10,000+ LinkedIn connections, mostly with Rutgers alumni, and a strong social media, he has mentored many Rutgers students, including star members of the Rutgers Mens' Basketball team, to strengthen their on-line networking skills and highlight their unique qualities.  


What's it like now in...Technology/IT!?! Thurs. April 30 9:30-10:00am Watch Here!
Speaker: Joseph Cangialosi ’11 Information Technology and Informatics (ITI) Senior Customer Solutions Manager, Amazon AWS     


Getting back up again: How to keep going when things get really tough April 30 10:30am-11:00am  Watch Here!                             
Speaker: Stephanie Armstrong President and CEO BiQi Marketing "Thank God I don’t look like what I’ve been through.” Stephanie has overcome tremendous adversity in her life, from poverty and abuse to a few near death experiences that almost cut her precious time short. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport in Psychology, is trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming and is Founder and President of BiQi Marketing, a digital marketing firm based in Upstate New York. She has been recognized as
the US State Department and Rochester Global Connections' Social Media Personality & Digital Marketing Expert, as a Woman Touching the World by Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry, as Emerging Technology Woman of the Year by Tech Rochester,
as well as by POWER, The Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized. In addition to marketing
and business, she is passionate about leadership and personal development and is constantly striving to become a better version of herself while supporting others in their own process of self discovery and refinement. When she’s not building business and conscious
leaders, you’ll find her spending time with her two sons, meditating, hosting a workshop or traveling – always with a giant smile.


Adjusting to Chaos: Stories from alumni who survived graduating into a recession. Thurs. April 30, 12:00-12:30pm Watch Here!
Speakers: Adam Feigenbaum ’01 Business Management and History Executive; Speaker; Advisor and Past Chief Customer Officer at iCims. Economic downturns have occurred many times in the past, and though they may seem crippling, the reality is you can and will recover. In this session, Adam will be joined by moderator, Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences professor, and classmate, Joe Larenjeiro. Joe, an Economics graduate, is also an International Partner in the Conscious Business Institute. The two Rutgers College ’01 graduates entered the job market in the midst of the ”.com bubble”, and just before September 11th, 2001. They will speak about their journeys and offer practical advice on overcoming the chaos, finding a way to make a living, and continuing to make progress on toward their goals to do more meaningful and purpose-filled work.

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Virtual Success: How to stand out in a virtual internship Thursday April 30, 2:00-2:30pm Watch Here!
Speaker: Tom Matlock, Adjunct Professor of Career Readiness
Rutgers University School of Engineering and School of Arts and Sciences. Tom also worked in HR for companies like J&J.                

For college students securing an internship is an outstanding accomplishment.  The experience gives students a chance to learn, contribute to the company and position themselves for a return internship or for a full-time job offer after graduation. Many students who are a part of the internship class of 2020 will participate in virtual internships making it more difficult to stand out, perform your job well and build relationships with peers and management. Join Tom for a discussion on how to position yourself for success during your virtual internship.

Tom has worked in sales and college recruiting leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, Loreal and TIAA. He has also worked as a Career Coach and Experiential Learning Lead at The Wake Forest University School of Business. Tom is currently an Adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Engineering where he teaches a Career Readiness course. He has also taught sections of Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences.

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What's it like now in...Teaching!?! Thursday April 30, 3:30pm -4:00pm 
Speaker: Meghan (King) Stratton ’14 History and Women & Gender Studies 2019 History Teacher of the Year Award Recipient, East Windsor Regional School District


What’s it like now in…Sports!?! Thursday April 30, 5:30pm-6:00pm Watch Here!
Speaker: Parul Khosla ’16 Sport Management People Acquisition Coordinator Madison Square Garden Parul has worked for several major sports organizations, from the NFL to MLB. Come hear about the trends she is seeing in hiring for internships and jobs! 


What's it like now in...Journalism/Media!?! Friday May 1, 10:30-11:00am
Speaker: Eric Ortega '11 Political Science and Dance Senior Producer for Vice News Tonight at VICE News  Come hear about his unique career path, which has taken him from Washington DC, to Carnegie Hall, the Today Show, and now the Vice Network. Get your questions answered about what he sees happening in the local journalism and media market. (He is not allowed to talk about Vice Network specifically!)


For more information and resources to help your job search during the COVID-19 crisis, click here