Prospective Students

  • Graduation Year: 2015

amanda iocca d900aMajor(s) and Minor: Human Resource Management & Communication Major and Organizational Leadership Minor

Why did you choose Organizational Leadership as your minor?

I selected Organizational Leadership as my minor because my overall career goal is to become a successful leader of an influential company.

What did you like most about it?

Organizational leadership taught me so much; not only about the business side of companies, but also about the emotional intelligence aspect of successfully leading. The professors were always amazing and forced you to interact and get out of your comfort zone. Since the classes are more intimate, I had an opportunity to build bonds with my fellow classmates and utilize their friendship throughout my college career.

What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?

I am a Compensation Analyst. I analyze current team member’s salaries across 16 hospitals to ensure we are paying our employees competitively. Since I work for a health care system, I enjoy the fact that I am directly impacting medical professionals that are taking care of our loved ones during the most critical time of need. Our hope is that if we pay our team members competitively, they would be able to focus solely on the patient and reduce monetary stress.

What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?

After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I was offered a job as a Board Meeting Specialist for The Port Authority of NY & NJ. I originally had an internship with the Port Authority during the summer before my Master courses began (summer of 2015). I knew that I wanted to obtain a full time job as soon as possible so I networked across the agency and applied for numerous positions internally. Once I interviewed for the Board Meeting Specialist position, they offered me a full time job while I completed my Master’s program.

How did you move from that first job to your current position?

I did not want to get stuck in a position that wasn’t in my field of preference. I knew I belonged in Human Resources but I had no idea how to get my foot in the door. I applied for A LOT of HR positions on Indeed, Monster, and Linkedin. When I received a call from my current boss, I felt as though the stars aligned and I finally found the job and the team that I had been looking for.

Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?

Honestly, I think the Organizational Leadership courses I took fully contributed to my success. The courses were highly interactive and really allowed students to gain insight on how to manage a business effectively and ethically. Along with learning how to lead, there were also opportunities to lead in group projects. Stepping up as the leader of my group allowed me to analyze my leadership skills and understand my strengths and weaknesses.

What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?

Never stop hustling. If one door closes, get up, dust off and keep going until you find the door that opens. Never give up on yourself, know your worth and prioritize your happiness.


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