Are you ready for post-grad?
From Backpack to Briefcase is a transitional leadership series which targets upperclassmen, particularly seniors. Monthly sessions are aimed at bridging the gap between the college experience and post-graduate world.
As students in their third or fourth year at Rutgers are preparing for life after college, these a-la-carte workshops are offered monthly in an effort to educate and support students on life-related issues including but not limited to Apartment Hunting, Cooking without a Meal plan, Budgeting, Credit Card Debt, Negotiating Job Offers, Professional Networking and Etiquette Training.
Focusing on both professional and personal competencies, the Series offers students a fleeting opportunity to develop skills that will ease their transition from university life to their post-Rutgers endeavors. Sessions are facilitated by a number of different professionals, including experts in Business Leadership, Culinary Arts, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, and other industries.
Students are encouraged to come to as many sessions as they can, each time getting their name added to a drawing to win a Rutgers diploma frame, Senior Week packages, and more. The Series begins with a Kick-off in late September and is open throughout the year to all Juniors and Seniors.
From Broke to Budget — Save the Money!
Location: LSC Gathering Lounge
Making money is the easy part, keeping it around…not so much. A wise man once said, it’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how much you save! Come learn how to start budgeting your money while still finding ways to afford the finer things in life.
From Groceries to Gourmet — Cook the Pasta!
Location: Davidson Hall Food Lab
Who doesn’t watch a TASTY video or the Food Network and think ‘that doesn’t look to hard, I can do that’ only to end up wearing most of your ingredients? It turns out, being the next Gordon Ramsay isn’t as easy as it looks! Join us for the annual Backpack to Briefcase Cooking Class where you can learn from the Executive Chefs at Rutgers about how to prepare some delicious, balanced, and affordable meals.
From Inexperienced to Interview – Get the Job!
Location: SAC Raritan River Lounge
Fewer #ADULTING experiences bring more stress than the dreaded job interview. Whether it is for a part time job, full time position, the next step in your career, or a short internship, interviewing skills are an essential skill! Join us to learn the tried and true interviewing techniques that will give you the edge you will need to be confident when landing your next big gig!
From Injured to Insured — Protect yourself!
Location: LSC Gathering Lounge
Protect yourself – How do I fill out a claim? What is an HMO? How much does a hospital visit cost me? If you can’t answer these questions, let us help you out.
From Reluctant to Refund — Do your taxes!
Time: Available virtually
UPDATE (4/16/2020): Do you know how to do your taxes? Here are some of the tricks of the trade and help with your personal tax questions. Click here for a recorded Zoom presentation; the slides are available separately.
From Res Hall to Rental— Rent a property!
Are you ready to sign a lease? Learn from experts in NYC and New Brunswick what to look for so you don’t get stuck renting a terrible apartment for too much money.
UPDATE (3/16/2020): This event will be rescheduled to a later date and will be offered virtually. A new event date and time will be shared once it has been confirmed. Thank you!
“I wish I knew of these sessions earlier on in my senior year. The workshops truly make you realize that school is going to end whether you are ready or not… and life is going to begin. Are you ready for it?”
“A spring board into the real world – these sessions bring to light real priorities that help even in your fleeting months as a Rutgers student. Whether a job or grad school or still undecided, these sessions helped me realize all the things I didn’t know I wasn’t prepared for – then tells you how to prepare for them.”