Bringing Career Support into the Undergraduate Academic Experience

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By: Aimée Eubanks Davis, New England Journal of Higher Education

Kaitlyn Iglesias is entering her senior year at Rutgers University-Newark ready to launch her career. She had internships at Ernst & Young in New York this summer and last. She is finishing up a degree in accounting and management information systems and is a member of Women BUILD (Business Undergraduates in Leadership Development). She’s beginning the semester with an offer from Ernst & Young in hand.

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The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts; First-generation students are finding personal and professional fulfillment in the humanities and social sciences.

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By: George Anders, The Atlantic

In his new book, You Can Do Anything: the Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education, New York Times bestselling author George Anders tells the story of Braven Rutgers-Newark Fellow Dyllan and Leadership Coach Josmar to illustrate the transformational nature of built-in career support for first-generation college students.

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This Accelerator Empowers Low-Income Students to Jump the College-to-Career Divide

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By: Aimée Eubanks Davis, EdSurge

Jalil did all that we tell our young people they need to do in order to succeed. He graduated from the Fremont Unified School District and went on to attend De Anza Community College. He worked hard, got good grades, and transferred to San José State University. As a transfer junior, he spent three hours each day commuting back and forth to campus and paid for school with grants and scholarships. Jalil did everything right. But as a junior he had far fewer connections and career-related experiences than many of his more affluent peers. He wasn’t as likely to land the same fancy summer internship. He didn’t ‘know a guy that knew a guy’ that was a higher-up in Silicon Valley. He just worked incredibly hard and stayed incredibly focused—which we know should be enough, but isn’t.

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Why getting out of college can be as hard as getting in

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By: Jillian Berman, Marketwatch

On a recent chilly evening about a dozen college students gathered in a third-floor classroom in downtown Newark to do one of the activities that college students do best: eat pizza and talk.

But this conversation wasn’t your typical teenage banter. Instead the students reflected on market data, consumer surveys and the pros and cons of subscription services, while chomping down on New Jersey-famous pepperoni. A few days prior, the students were some of dozens to meet with staffers from Audible, the audiobook provider and unit of Amazon.com AMZN, -0.01% and tasked with the challenge of expanding the company’s subscriber base to include more customers their age.

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These Graduates Beat The Odds, Now They Need A Job

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By: Gabrielle Emanuel, NPR: All Things Considered

Twenty years ago, Aimée Eubanks Davis taught in a middle school that served low-income kids in New Orleans. She didn’t define success in terms of test scores. Instead, she focused on the future, wanting her students to graduate from college and find a good job. Eubanks Davis remembers when some of her earliest students first began that process, sending out resumes and preparing for job interviews.”Oh, my goodness,” she remembers thinking. “This is the moment you want to see: your former students living their dreams.” But all too often, instead of job offers, they got rejection notes.

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