Katherine Li, Class of 2014
Major: Visual Arts and Information Technology and Informatics
Why did you choose Visual Arts and Information Technology and Informatics as your majors?
I choose to double major because I wanted to become a web designer and felt that majoring in each would provide the best of both worlds: the design education from the Visual Arts major and the programming and practical education from the Information Technology and informatics major
What did you like most about it?
What I most liked about the it was that I was able to gain practical experience in and out of the classroom.
What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am currently in between roles, after completing a temporary position as a Laboratory/Technical Assistant on Rutgers OIT’s Information Protection and Security team.
What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?
My first job after Rutgers was at Tata Consultancy Services as a Software Engineer. I got the job through attending the first Rutgers Job and Internship Mega Fair.
How did you move from that first job to your current position?
I moved from the first to a temporary position at Rutgers after a reduction in workforce in my first position. I reconnected with a former professor who reached out looking for an individual to fill a temporary position. So, keep up those Rutgers connections you develop as an undergraduate!
Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?
I found that the courses that provided practical experience and my internship contributed to my success. The courses I took allowed me to explore and learn more about different technical fields within the technology, as well as hone in on areas of the industry that most interested me. My role with Douglass Residential College's Social Media Internship team allowed me to gain hands-on experience creating material that would be used by the community.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?
My advice for current Arts and Sciences is to try, apply to, and attend as many opportunities as possible that come up during your career. You never know what will come out of those opportunities.