Impact Teen Drivers


Rachel Aguilar

BA, Public Relations, 2016
Education Outreach Coordinator, Impact Teen Drivers, 2016-Present

"From Day One of my freshman year to when I walked the stage at graduation, this campus always felt like home. My goal in college was to be involved with the campus community as much as possible".

Rachel took full advantage of the resources Sacramento State offers students to find their niche, get out of their comfort zones, and to grow as a person.

"My first year I accepted a job on campus working at The WELL in the Intramural Sports Department, where I continued to work through my final semester. My second year I had the opportunity to take another job on campus in the Admissions Office as a Student Ambassador where I was able to provide campus tours to potential Sacramento State students."

Connections from her job as Student Ambassador connected Rachel to her next experience, an Internship with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD). During her internship, Rachel was given opportunities to travel throughout California reaching out to schools and communities with the ITD team to educate, empower, inspire and motivate young people to make good decisions as a driver or passenger.

Working two jobs while attending college full-time taught Rachel important life skills such as organization, communication, time management, and the self-confidence to take on new challenges. These skills and life lessons lead Rachel to the mindset she can achieve her college goals and obtain a future career that is fulfilling.

Upon graduation, Rachel accepted a full-time position with Impact Teen Drivers where she has the privilege of sharing life-saving education with communities in Southern California.

"I never thought I would be where I am today. Attending Sacramento State instilled the importance of hard work, dedication, and the confidence in myself to strive for greatness. To the friends I made, to the teachers who became my mentors, and to the diverse community I grew to love, I can’t thank Sacramento State enough for making me the person I am today."


Clear Capital

What do Communications Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science majors have in common? They all work for the same company!

With graduation looming, you may be considering the idea of relocating to find a career in a field you enjoy. However, did you know that in our own backyard opportunities abound?

Learn about what rewarding careers look like for Sacramento State alumni Ryan Urban, Molly McAlister, and Mike Carlin, who have all found opportunities in Roseville at Clear Capital.

Molly McAlister,

BA, Mathematics, 2012,
Assistant Quality Analyst II

Molly found Clear Capital through an online advertisement. "While I was unclear as to what their company did, I was drawn to their core values of honesty and integrity."

How did your time at Sacramento State prepare you for your career?
"Upper division mathematics courses are heavy in logic, and logic carries over to analysis of pretty much anything. My experience in logic and reasoning helps with my job in the analysis of appraisal reports, especially on the revisions team, where we handle issues brought to light by the client after report delivery."

What skills or knowledge is needed to do your job?
"Solid computer skills are needed and a desire to learn and grow--I learn new things about appraisal almost every day. Flexibility is also crucial, as we are consistently altering our processes to improve efficiency and meet client needs."

Ryan Urban

BA Communications, 2011
Lead, Appraisal Orders

Ryan played a lot of intramural sports and took classes like wakeboarding and weight training during his time at Sac State. His athletic nature led him to Truckee where he found Clear Capital.

"I was attracted to working at Clear Capital at first because of the great location in Truckee, but I've since stayed for the good people, laid back culture, and good benefits."

How did your time at Sacramento State prepare you for your career?
"The skills I learned obtaining that degree have helped me to thrive within the organization. I feel I've been generally more successful within the company because of the skills, college helped me to hone."

What skills or knowledge is needed to do your job?
"My job requires good deductive reasoning, interpersonal and organizational skills."

Mike Carlin

BS Computer Engineering, 2014
Computer Engineer

Mike first learned about Clear Capital through getting a message on LinkedIn and StackOverflow. "I was really interested in the technology stack and what they were accomplishing with it."

How did your time at Sacramento State prepare you for your career?
"While attending CSUS, there was a great emphasis on the real-world application of what we were learning and that was extremely helpful for transitioning to a job after graduating. We were required to complete a year-long senior project in a team of four to six working with a participating company, focusing on every aspect of the software development lifecycle. I think it really gave us some good insight and valuable experience."

What skills or knowledge is needed to do your job?
"What's needed to work at Clear Capital is a can-do attitude, an enthusiasm towards learning new things, and a great work ethic. With all of these things combined, you have all the things you'll need to prosper and succeed."

Individual Testimonials

Roman Smith

Inspired by a high school English teacher who held students to a high bar, Roman embodied these standards throughout his education at Sacramento State, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English. Before heading off to law school in the fall, Roman shared with Career Center staff a little bit about experiences that helped develop his career path, and what he is taking with him to the next stage of his professional life.

"I was a Tutor in the University Reading and Writing Center my Junior and Senior year at Sacramento State. That experience forced me to break down the writing process so I could explain it clearly to students who needed help and guidance. This also allowed me the realization that I was becoming more proficient in my own knowledge of and ability to write well across many disciplines, which is extremely valuable in law."

"To other students majoring in English (especially those who do not desire to teach or become a novelist), I would advise every student to focus on deconstructing, reconstructing, and becoming intimate with their writing process and writing knowledge. No matter who you work for or within the future, writing is going to be heavily involved. If you give the skill of writing the reverence it rightfully deserves, you will have what so many other people need but do not have. You will be a world of help to everyone around you and, consequently, a huge asset to any job."

One enduring aspect of professional life is that career growth and development is lifelong.

"As I attend Pepperdine Law School, I plan on trying my hand at many types of law. I believe I know what direction I want to pursue, but I also know that I have many different people to meet and even more invigorating conversations to have with those much smarter and more successful than myself before I make such an important decision."

Mayra Baez

Meet Mayra Baez, a student in the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Gerontology with a minor in Psychology. Like many students, Mayra's journey to find the right educational path for herself involved some exploration. Read more about how Mayra's internship and volunteer experiences helped clarify her interests and goals.

Mayra came to Sacramento State wanting to be a Physician Assistant, but after exploration with a Sac State Career Counselor, and active involvement in events and activities, she began to understand that there were many different career options in the medical field.

"After attending California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, which is an event that was promoted by a career counselor. I decided to explore all the different schools, and their programs."

Some activities Mayra has been involved in include:
Student Assistant, Sacramento State Academic Advising,
Volunteer, Sutter Medical Center, a program coordinated by Sacramento State Career Center
Intern, Eskaton Gold River, a year-long placement starting this fall. Mayra found this opportunity by attending the Health Careers Expo at Sacramento State.

"I came into Sac State wanting to be a Physician Assistant but after my career exploration appointment with a Career Counselor, I realized there are many different options when it comes to choosing a career in the medical field. Volunteering in Sutter Medical Center has allowed me to physically see and learn from medical professionals. I enjoy being in this environment because I realized what I will be getting myself into if I pursue the medical field."

Headquartered in Reno, Nevada with offices in Truckee and Roseville, Clear Capital is a real estate technology company that provides real estate valuation products, builds platform software and delivers data and analytics to the mortgage finance industry. A significant portion of Clear Capital is made up of extremely bright, entrepreneurial-minded engineers, developers, project managers, product managers, analysts and architects that strive to build world-class solutions and tools that delight users. The real estate valuation industry--which has experienced many years of business as usual--invites for innovation and modern technology to improve the process, workflow, and user experience. Clear Capital is pioneering a new frontier to make a better industry and challenge the status quo. Learn more about exciting opportunities at Clear Capital here: Corporate Careers.

Insights from Sacramento State alumni and an industry expert

Career Center staff attended an open house hosted by Travelers and were amazed by the variety of career paths available and academic backgrounds held by successful Sacramento State alumni who work there. We thought you might be interested in what the insurance industry has to offer, so we sat down with Jeffrey Brzozowski, Manager of University Relations at Travelers – here’s what we learned: 

Travelers Insurance Staff

What majors or fields of study do you look for when recruiting recent graduates?

Many people don’t realize the vast number of career opportunities within insurance, from traditional underwriting and claim positions to investigative and forensics work. While there is a focus on certain majors and backgrounds, like business, liberal arts and risk management, there are many skill sets needed for the different career paths in the industry. We have found that just about every major fits into a position within insurance.

When we’re searching for candidates, we look for a variety of qualities with some of the most essential skills being effective communication, time management and organization. These traits are important when working with customers and agents to ensure that we can provide the highest level of customer service during a time of need.

2. What are the opportunities for growth?

A career in the insurance industry can be exciting and challenging. As an entry-level candidate, you will receive training in your respective discipline, with management and peer support to help you along the way. As your career progresses, opportunities to explore other areas at Travelers may be available to keep you challenged and growing in your career.

Check out what a few Sacramento State Alumni had to say about their experiences working at Travelers:   

“Some might look at a government-journalism degree and say it has nothing to do with insurance; however, I’ve found my education to be invaluable in this line of work. Insurance is very regulated and nearly everything we do is policy-based. My experience with interpreting legal documents and factual reporting has really helped me in my professional development. Since I started with Travelers, I’ve worked in both the auto and workers compensation areas. I’ve also had the opportunity to volunteer as an Emergency Response Team member, helping customers during major catastrophes. Travelers is one of the most supportive companies I’ve worked for – every time I’ve decided to move in a different direction, my managers have helped and encouraged me.”

– Anne Lowe  

 “I received a bachelor’s in finance with a concentration in risk management and insurance from Sac State in the spring of 2015. I started working at Travelers a few months later and have loved it from day one. The people are awesome – they’re supportive, always willing to help out and continually pushing me to do my best. They really put an emphasis on skill development and ensuring you have what you need to be successful – I am always going through training to help me grow professionally. If I were to describe my time at Travelers in three words they would be: teamwork, dedication and development.”

– Nate Coppernoll

3. Tell us about Travelers’ history with Sacramento State.

Travelers has a long history of partnering with Sacramento State to recruit students and offer career advice. Over the past 20 years we have been engaged in career fairs, classroom visits, resume reviews, career exploration events and lectures.

Our careers website is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about a career at Travelers:  https://careers.travelers.com/