Interim Executive Director, Career Exploration and Success
William (Wil) Jones is the Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of Career Exploration and Success at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In his role, he oversees career services for a broad array of Rutgers academic programs on the university’s New Brunswick campus. He provides leadership to the department, directly oversees the Operations & Strategic Initiatives unit (e.g., marketing, technology, assessment, budgeting, and administrative services), and works collaboratively to develop strategic roadmaps for the office. At Rutgers, Wil co-founded the industry-centric career cluster approach to service delivery that has become a national model. Professional associations have recognized Wil as a rising star (NACE), a leader in innovation excellence (NACE and ACPA), and most recently, the Hire Big 10 Career Consortium bestowed him with the David S. Bechtel Outstanding Career Services Professional Award.
Before working at Rutgers, Wil was the Associate Director for External Relations & Information Technology for the University Career Center & The President’s Promise at the University of Maryland, College Park. There he managed the Employer Relations Team, public relations and marketing team, and the information technologies team.
Wil considers himself a “Terp for Life.” He earned his master’s degree from the college student personnel program at the University of Maryland where his research interests focused on the career decision-making self-efficacy of student leaders. He also received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in government and politics.
Assistant Director, Career Communities and Industry Programs
I am excited to continue working with campus partners and community members in my new role as Program Director for Student Career Communities. My work will primarily focus on developing programming that targets the needs of two career communities: doctoral students and student-athletes.
I have 10+ years of experience in counseling and program planning, management, and evaluation in both higher education and K-12 settings. In my prior role as the Road to Industry Program Director, I was able to provide undergraduates with opportunities for career exploration and 1:1 mentoring with an alumni mentor. I look forward to bringing my skills and knowledge from this role into developing workshops, programs, and events for doctoral students and student-athletes that will assist them in achieving their career goals.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and I am certified as a School Counselor, Supervisor, and Director of Guidance by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Currently, I am an Ed.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Education, where I am in the dissertation stage of my studies.
Career planning is not a linear process, and it is okay to change your mind! I am living proof that you can successfully highlight your transferable skills and switch careers. Visit us at Career Exploration and Success early and often to get the conversation started- we are here to help you at every stage of your career journey!
Associate Director, Career Student Communities
In my role as Associate Director of Career Student Communities, I oversee the career affinity groups LGBTQ, Military Veterans, and Women. I manage campus partner advisory boards, connect students with exploration and networking opportunities through alumni mentorship and engagement, and provide tailored programming and advising services. I also oversee Program Directors focused on the affinity groups: Black and Latinx, Doctoral Students, International Students, Student-Athletes, Students with Disabilities, Student Employees, and Student Organizations.
I focused on the Business, Financial Services, and Logistics career interest community in my previous role. I delivered career advising to students, conducted industry-related career development programming, and cultivated campus partnerships with faculty and staff.
I have a master’s degree in Counselor Education from The College of New Jersey and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College. Before working in career services, I achieved ten years of success in my career at Dow Jones & Company.
A piece of advice that I have for students is to explore what Rutgers has to offer. There is so much to see, do, study, and more. Having new experiences and studying new things makes you a more well-rounded, interesting, and educated individual. The type of person people, including employers, like to meet!
Specialties and InterestsLGBTQ Students, Military Veterans, Women
Associate Director, Technology & Data Management
As the Associate Director, I oversee the technical resources provided by Career Exploration and Success that are geared to help you reach your career development goals, as well as the assessment projects conducted by our team. Our mission is to provide effective and useful career information and applications that will enable you to succeed in achieving academic and career success.
Prior to serving in this role at Rutgers, I was involved with providing career planning assistance to students not only at Rutgers, but also at Monmouth University, Towson University, and Florida State University.
I have a master’s degree in counseling and human systems from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Susquehanna University, as well as academic backgrounds in accounting and technology.
My advice for students is to take advantage of the resources available at Rutgers to discover your purpose and passion. Always work hard to pursue your goals. Doing so will help to bring you greater joy, make a meaningful contribution to the world, feel satisfied with your work, and make each day more enjoyable.
Janice Lynn Rein
Specialist, Web Solutions Implementation
Associate Director, Strategic Outreach
In my role, I work closely with the Strategic Outreach and Marketing team to develop engagement strategies for students, alumni, employers, and campus partners. Our group strives to build awareness of the department, all career-related programs, various services, and large-scale signature events (e.g., career fairs, large networking events, conferences, etc.) for Career Exploration and Success (CES).
Prior to CES, I managed a student marketing team that worked to enhance the student experience as the Associate Director of Marketing for Student Engagement for the division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Previously, I served as the Assistant Director of Multimedia Production for the Rutgers University Alumni Association. My experience working with different organizations and with multiple audiences has provided me the ability to adapt and improve engagement strategies for the Rutgers community.
Born and raised in New Jersey, however, I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in film media. I later returned to my roots to receive my master’s degree from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers–New Brunswick with a concentration in digital media.
If I could give one piece of advice to students, it would be to explore new opportunities, skills, and available resources. Don’t be afraid to learn something new—your knowledge in these areas fosters connections, builds your credibility, and shows willingness and enthusiasm. Also, follow us on Instagram @RutgersCareers!
Multimedia and Content Coordinator
As the Multimedia and Content Coordinator, my role allows me to develop and create digital content for social media, web pages, and print to support the Strategic Outreach and Marketing team at Career Exploration and Success (CES). I strive to ensure digital content is created to help enunciate the goal of building awareness for our department and our services throughout the university.
Before CES, I worked at a company called Dialight as a Marketing Graphic Design Assistant to aid in the efforts of a business to business (B2B) marketing. Before that, I worked as a Marketing Manager for Student Centers and Activities for the division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Through these experiences and others, I was able to develop the leadership and production skills needed for my role.
My advice to students would be to continually strive for their highest level of success. Set life goals you can reach then exceed them so you can set higher ones. Along this path of life, you will gain enormous experiences and meet people from every walks of life. They are intended for you to get to the goal you have set in life, either by testing you to make you stronger or by motivating you.
For most of my career, I have followed a dual path as an educator and a writer. I have many print and online publication credits, and my debut novel is forthcoming Fall 2021. I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and my BA in English and Theatre from Wagner College. My favorite thing about working at Rutgers is the chance to connect with so many creative students in a variety of majors.
My career tip: Start building your professional network as early as possible. Make connections with people in various industries and fields so that you can explore as many possibilities as possible for your career.
Program Director, Career Interest Communities
In my role, I provide an array of direct individual career advising to undergraduates, graduates as well as alumni both in-person and online. My Career Interest Communities are Education and Human Services, as well as Policy, Law, and Public Safety. I work in collaboration with campus partners, an Advisory Board, and student organizations to create career focus programs.
Prior to this role, I worked at Rutgers University-Newark as a Career Counselor and as a Supervisor for Fraternities and Sororities for three years. Prior to coming to Rutgers, I worked under the Division of Mental Health at the Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital as an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
I possess an MA in Labor Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a BA in Labor Relations/Sociology from Universidad de Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, PR.
Start your internship or job search process early, take advantage of all the programs and services that the university offers, network, and expand your contacts because those are the people that will help along with your career. Always pay it forward to those who help you.
I currently serve as a General Advisor for the Office of Career Exploration & Success meeting with all undergraduate, graduate students and university alumni. Additionally, I manage CES’s graduate Clinical Career Counseling Intern program and recruit, train and supervise graduate student interns interested in career advising. Previously, I served as Director of the Road to Wall Street Program and Program Director for the Road to Food, Animals, and the Environment, where I oversaw industry focused alumni-student mentoring programs preparing students for various targeted careers.
I have worked as a Career Counselor, Instructor, Counselor Supervisor, and Consultant in Higher Education at Rutgers University, Princeton University, and The College of New Jersey. Additionally, I maintain a private career counseling practice specializing in adults in career transition and in student career development. Previously, I was an Operations Manager for a trading division of a Wall Street Brokerage firm.
I have a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Finance, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology. I am a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, Distance Credentialed Counselor and counselor trainer and supervisor.
Educational and career development is a life-long learning process. Seek out mentors and university advisors to gain information and experience to effectively make decisions to build your way forward. With your motivation and talents, and a little help along the way, you can design the career and life you would like to live.
Program Director, Career Interest Communities
As Program Director, I oversee career interest communities in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment & Sustainability. I manage a campus partner advisory board, connect students with exploration and networking through alumni mentorship and engagement. I provide tailored programming and career advising services including medical school personal statements, targeted resume, winning interview skills, internship and job search strategies, or how to plan your career. Let’s encourage your career passion, be inspired with positivity!
Dr. Mindy O'Mealia
Program Director, Career Interest Communities
My background has included work in several different counseling settings, including two mental health facilities and my private career advising firm. Notably, by starting my advising firm, through career and job skills presentations within my community, I accomplished my goal to help those whose limited resources had restricted their ability to obtain gainful employment. Since joining Rutgers Career Services in 2009, I have enjoyed advising thousands of students on various career topics. Over the years at the university, I have worked for two different departments, including Career Services and a Master of Science program. My entrepreneurism, community experience, career counseling, and pursuit of advanced degrees in Psychological Counseling and Higher Education encompass just a few of the experiences that have enriched my counseling and higher education journey. In terms of my CES advising role, my areas of expertise include Health and Life Science Personal Statement and Admission Interview prep, Graduate School planning, Health, and Life Science career planning, as well as Job and Internship Search. I work closely with HPO advisors, EMSOP advisors, and many other campus partners to ensure that students targeting a career in research or the health professions receive the highest quality advising. If interested in a life science or healthcare career or advanced program admission, please visit our office early and often.
Associate Director, Career Interest Communities
As an Associate Director, Career Interest Communities, I assist in the development and maintenance of career development operations within Career Exploration and Success. I manage and perform a wide range of counseling and programming functions as well as managing liaison relationships with key academic and campus departments in the Technology & Engineering and Physical Sciences career communities. My responsibilities include career advising, developing and presenting programs, and building employer relationships.
Prior to becoming an Associate Director, Career Interest Communities, I was a Career Development Specialist with Career Exploration and Success. In this role, I provided career counseling to students and alumni on various issues, including career decision-making, experiential learning opportunities, full-time professional job search strategies, and graduate/advanced degree study. I also designed and facilitated career development seminars on a variety of topics.
I have an M.S. Ed. in Counselor Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a B.S. in Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, NY.
My advice to students is to utilize the programs and services offered by Career Exploration and Success early and often during their college years. Try to obtain as much experience outside of the classroom as possible through part-time/summer jobs, internships, volunteer experience, community service, and student organizations. These experiences will be extremely valuable in preparing you for life after college.
Program Director, Career Studio and Programming
It’s never too early to start your career journey. I focus on engaging students with Career Exploration and Success from the start of their time at Rutgers. This includes messaging for New Student Orientation and the First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS). I oversee the Career Studio, which provides career resources and services to students on the spot, with no appointments necessary. I oversee some core programs within CES, including the How-To workshop series and our annual Career Conference. I supervise Peer Career Coaches and Career Engagement Operatives, highly-trained peers who provide guidance and resources to students stopping into the Career Studio and participating in our events.
I was once an undergraduate student too! I earned my BS in Mathematics from Monmouth University and my MA in Higher Education Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining CES, I worked with New Student Orientation and Family Programs here at Rutgers and Residence Life at Rider University. I had so many wonderful role models and supports throughout my own college journey, and I want to offer that same support and guidance to others in a time that can be very challenging and confusing.
If you ever find yourself panicking that you don’t know what you want to do and everyone else seems to have it figured out, remember this – they probably don’t. Life isn’t about figuring out every little detail and then following those inflexible steps. You change and evolve, as do your passions, goals, and aspirations. Always strive to be better, always make sure you enjoy what you’re doing, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself- you’re doing the best you can and that’s all I ask of you!
Paola Puerta Dominguez
Program Director, Career Student Communities
I currently serve as the Program Director for Career Communities: International Students, and Student Employees. I oversee both career interest communities, manage campus partner advisory boards, connect students with exploration and networking opportunities through alumni mentorship and engagement, and provide tailored programming and advising services.
In my previous role with Career Exploration and Success, I served as a Career Advisor for International Students. I provided career counseling and advisement to both undergraduate/graduate students and served as the primary contact for issues pertaining to graduate students. I also served as a liaison and worked closely with Rutgers Global to better serve the growing international student population at Rutgers.
Prior to joining Career Exploration and Success, I served as a Residence Life Senior Program Coordinator at Rutgers, where I worked with the graduate/international student population by planning and executing programming initiatives. Before joining Rutgers in 2014, I worked at Pace University as a Career Counselor.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Academic and Developmental Analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am also a non-matriculated student at Rutgers, where I have taken courses in Race Ethnicity and Inequality, Urban Education, Multicultural Issues, and Immigration Law.
My advice to students is to view Rutgers as the global institution that it is. Take advantage of the diverse student body by getting involved, embrace the beauty of differences, and maximize your experiences by pursuing an internship and studying abroad to commit to the University’s motto, “Jersey Roots, Global Reach.”
Program Director, Experiential Education Seminars
Hi! I believe one of the most important ways students can progress along their career journey is to really learn what it is that they want to do. While this is traditionally done in a classroom, it is equally as important for students to gain the tangible and practical skills and knowledge needed to pursue their goals- whether through employment, extracurriculars, or volunteer work. One of the ways that I ensure that students can capitalize on these learning opportunities is through the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program (RICP), which is a 3 credit course that students can take concurrently with an internship or co-op.
Just like you, I was a student at Rutgers University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Soon after, I earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Social and Consumer Psychology. As a military spouse, I’ve had the privilege of living, learning, and working in areas of the country (and world) I never thought I’d get to see. Diving right into new experiences and stepping outside of my comfort zone really empowered me to solidify my professional philosophy. Once I realized what exactly my goals were, pursuing them became less of a challenge.
I share this with you because everyone’s professional journey is unique. However, the piece that unites us all is the concept of experiential education – learning while doing. Through academic courses, networking, programming, community and campus engagement, technology, and events, our office is here to help students achieve and access these life-changing experiences in any way possible.