Alison Ruitenberg

Alison Ruitenberg
Class of 2013

"I have big career dreams for myself and the CDC is helping me to focus and develop them.  Working with Francisco during my fourth year has made me confident and excited about establishing myself as an OD.   While lectures about building a private practice have left me feeling overwhelmed and discouraged as a student, one-on-one meetings with Francisco have made me realize that my goals are achievable.  Francisco is knowledgeable about networking and full of valuable resources.  He has helped me to develop an individualized career plan and genuinely takes interest in my goals.  Even when I was away on externship, Francisco made himself available over the phone until my resume was perfect.  Francisco is a valuable addition to SUNY and the Career Development Center.  I encourage all of my classmates to start working with him as early as possible."

Dr. Surbhi Bansal
Vision Therapy Resident, 2013

"The Career Development Center and Francisco have played a pivotal role since I started to pursue my potential career opportunities in academia after residency. Francisco shared resources, his expert knowledge, and constructive feedback as I worked on my cover letter and curriculum vitae. He expressed genuine interest and took the initiative to proof-read my work in advance so that each meeting solely discussed ways to improve my application materials. Francisco has done a remarkable job guiding me through my job application and interview process. He is an asset to SUNY and the Career Development Center. I strongly encourage students and my co-residents to take advantage of this opportunity."

Barbara Mendoza
Class of 2016

"The CDC is critical for every student along the path of becoming an optometrist. Francisco and the CDC work extensively with each student to build a professional career path carved out of the student's interests and needs. The CDC is currently assisting me to navigate the nuances of my first year at SUNY Optometry while helping me construct the foundations of my optometry career. I am very grateful that SUNY Optometry has this service because it is never too early to plan for the future."