Dear Rutgers–New Brunswick Colleagues,

Four years ago, University Career Services (UCS) embarked on an ambitious strategic plan entitled Vision 2020.  The goals, objectives, and action items articulated in the plan were designed to build upon the nationally-recognized career preparation services offered to our students as well as our five-star commitment to prospective employers.  One of the action items within the plan called for the creation of a task force to explore whether the department name fully represented the expanded nature of the resources we provide to students and alumni

An additional area of strategic importance was to engage students earlier in their collegiate career. Thus, we have become increasingly focused on helping students to discover their interests, values, and skills as well as explore various pathways within their career journey.  Students will need these precursory insights in order to expand upon their curricular endeavors through internships and other experiential learning opportunities as they pursue their post-graduation goals.   

As such, we have transitioned our unit name from University Career Services to the Office of Career Exploration and Success (CES).  

This change comes after a deliberate and intentional process conducted by our department that included peer benchmarking and an assessment of first-year and sophomore student perceptions and preferences.  The name also reflects our staff's holistic approach to career development. Expanded services now include alumni-student mentoring resources, career exploration programs, integration of the First-year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS), self-assessments, and more.  

As we begin to reach the final phases of our Vision 2020 strategic plan, we look forward to our continuing partnerships with the Rutgers University community.  Our staff within the new Office of Career Exploration and Success will continue to explore innovative steps toward ensuring all students, regardless of career interests or academic major, are well-prepared to articulate what they have learned at Rutgers–New Brunswick and transition successfully to bright futures. In the meantime, we invite you to register for our campus partner email reflector to stay up-to-date on future opportunities for collaboration.

Best wishes for the new academic year,

Rick Hearin
Executive Director, Career Exploration and Success
Rutgers University–New Brunswick