Career Ready in Real Life

The professional world can seem like a mystery. If you’ve just gotten your first internship, on-campus job, research opportunity, fellowship, or even if you just want to know what to expect in a workplace setting, we’re here to help!

Review these resources so you can feel prepared and confident navigating real-world work settings.

person sitting on the floor using a laptop
people gathered around a table with laptops working together
view of a computer screen with a chart

Do Your Research

The best way to know what to do and what’s expected in a work setting is to do your research. Reading blogs from reputable sources and setting your preferences to get a customized newsletter from the Career Development Center will help you stay informed and get practical tips for all career stages. This way you’ll know what employers and supervisors expect and how to make a great impression every day.

Discover the Unwritten Rules

There are some general standards that apply to many different fields and industries, but it’s important to know what the culture is like for your chosen field of study. Learn about your industry area so you’ll be even more prepared when you’re in a professional role. Sometimes it can feel like there’s a hidden curriculum that you might not have learned before taking a job. Keeping up with blogs and industry insights can help you get the inside scoop on what to expect!

Refine Your Skills

You’re never really done learning new skills to make you a valuable team member. Whether you’re looking to enhance your resume with a new technical skill, or enhance your transferable skills (like communication, problem solving, or conflict management), LinkedIn Learning can help you advance your career readiness, and it’s available free for Rutgers-Newark students.

Rate your career readiness and get customized resources to help you work towards your career goals. Get started with our career readiness self-assessment today!

Latest News

Forage Experiences

Showcase your skills.

Find your career fit.

Forage offers bite-sized 5-6 hour virtual work experience programs that give you a genuine career advantage with Fortune 500 companies. These opportunities are completely free, with no prior experience or application needed to get started.

They're a great way to try out different fields and see what you like before applying for internships or jobs!

Career Resources


LinkedIn Learning

Have you heard of LinkedIn Learning? Did you know Rutgers-Newark students can access LinkedIn Learning courses for free?

LinkedIn Learning …

Guide: 5 Crucial Components for Creating an Inclusive Dress Code
The New Rules of Work: Podcast

“The New Rules of Work¬†explores the changing landscape of work and how that impacts both employees and employers. In this …

Email templates for just about any job searching or in-the-workplace scenario you might encounter!

“Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success,” is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching …


Community Builders

Our innovative program offers enhanced visibility for recruiters through direct engagement with our students and/or contributions. Levels of sponsorship are defined by a total touch point/dollar value. For more information about the Community Builders Sponsorship Program, please contact careers@newark.rutgers.edu.