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Drew University graduate Delaney Redford C’22 is making a difference at the NJ Food Council
Alum cites opportunities, skills and networking at Drew to launch career
August 2022 – During her senior year at Drew University, Delaney Redford C’22 was encouraged to apply for a job with the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC).
She swooped in, got the job, and started working as the NJFC’s Associate Director of Public Relations just weeks after graduating in May of this year. NJFC is proud of her Redford participation and she was thrilled with the opportunity.
“I was thrilled at the prospect of making a difference in my home community,” Redford said of the position. “The fact that the NJFC is a non-profit organization and is led by a strong team of women appealed to me as a civics scholar.”
Mr. Redford pointed out several key aspects that helped him land a job at Drew.
“Without Drew’s connection to the alum and the professor’s connection to the alum, I wouldn’t have even known about this job,” she said of the importance of networking.
She then pointed out the transferable skills she gained in and out of the classroom.
“Transferable skills—a term I first learned at the Drew Career Development Center—are one of the most important aspects of my education,” she said. “While my job is not necessarily suited for a typical international relations major, the transferable skills I learned at Drew have helped me to develop my career, from event planning to publication creating my experience as an RA. Helped me get this job. My boss.”
Third, Redford said the experience he gained at Drew helped him craft an impressive resume.
“Drew helped me participate in an impressive experience,” she said. “Internships at the U.S. State Department, the International Rescue Committee, Senator Bob Menendez, and a law firm were all impressive in interviews and gave me the confidence I needed to land a Deputy Director position soon after graduation. .”
Finally, Redford touched on a transformative experience of learning to break boundaries and not be stuck in one “box.”
“I never had to choose between being artistic and sporty, or being hardworking and academic,” she said. I played rugby, handled music in concert halls, worked three jobs on campus, became an RA, a civics scholar, and a student council member, and still managed to get good grades. .
“Expanding my horizons through so many experiences in so many areas of interest made me feel like I could be myself. It taught me that I don’t have to find a job, I need to find a job where I enjoy my job and where a wide variety of skills are seen and utilized.”