The Career Exploration Series Connect Students to Industries and Companies

Students Engage with Employers Remotely

The Independent Colleges and Universities for New Jersey is excited to connect students to industries and companies in a new way.  Experiential learning opportunities may be harder to achieve nowadays given the unprecedented need to safeguard lives through social distancing.  The Independent College Fund of New Jersey is working with its donors and trustees to develop new ways of building connections, gaining insight into industries, and promoting career options.

The Career Exploration Series discussions with industry leaders are designed to help students

  • Expand their understanding of career opportunities
  • Explore industry innovations requiring their knowledge and expertise
  • Build professional networks by interacting with industry professionals
  • Promote experiential learning opportunities
  • Build a pathway to success.

Career Exploration in Project Management

On March 4th at 11am, ICFNJ will host a webinar focused on Project Management from an architecture, engineering and construction perspective.  Join us to explore Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Opportunities and Project Management.  Learn what Project Managers manage and how; discover what skills Project Managers should possess, and set a foundation for Project Management through course choices and major selection. 

Panelists will include Martin Kimmel, President and  Founding Partner of Kimmell Brogrette Architecture + Site, Michael Szura, Principal and Vice-President of Langan Engineers, Adam Corsi, Principal at Corsi Associates, and John Drzymkowksi, a Comprehensive Solutions Account Executive at Trane, Inc

There will be opportunities to ask questions about internships, hiring practices, continuing education needs, and expectations for college to career hires. Students can build a professional  network of peers and industry leaders invested in the next generation of leaders and innovators.

Students from all majors are encouraged to attend.  Advanced registration is required.  Registration begins with an email to ypanella@njcolleges.org.


Virtual Career Exploration with CohnReznick 

ICFNJ partnered with CohnReznick to sponsor the second in the Virtual Roundtable series. The September 30th Virtual Roundtable was entitled “Setting Yourself Apart in a Virtual World” and focused on the job search during a pandemic, where face-to-face interaction is no longer the norm.  The roundtable was a Zoom session offered to accounting majors of our member institutions. A college recruiter from CohnReznick led a candid conversation offering resume guidance, networking advice, and interview preparation tips to the student attendees. The students were invited to ask any and all questions to an accounting recruiter in a safe space. The students learned a great deal and found the conversation informative and beneficial.

Career Exploration with Ernst & Young Virtual 

ICFNJ thanks Ernst & Young, LLP for launching this new opportunity.  The August 4th event was the first in a series of career roundtables open to students seeking both traditional and innovative career options for their majors.

Ernst & Young LLP is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services they deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. EY develops outstanding leaders who team to deliver on their promises to stakeholders. In so doing, they play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

Twenty-eight (28) students were selected to sit at the virtual table. EY coordinated professionals to match the majors of students selected to participate.  Applicants were selected on a rolling basis based on certain criteria.  The student and professional attendees reported that the virtual roundtable was both insightful and beneficial.

We look forward to offering more programming connecting students to industries and companies.

Please contact ypanella@njcolleges.org with any questions.