election season: the national unem-
ployment rate that has hovered
and countless college graduates who went back
to school because they couldn't find work.
ensure these stories aren't coming from the
mouths of Bona grads.
Professional Development Action Plan:
dents to discuss passions and strengths to explore
employment opportunities that may be a good
pursuing professional growth opportunities
through experiential education. In this stage,
CPRC counselors work with students to develop
personal brands, strong cover letters and
résumés, etiquette and networking skills.
fessionals while developing strategies for job
searches, refining LinkedIn profiles, polishing
interviewing skills and participating in on-campus
eled through their final two years of college with
so much negativity related to the job market that
I almost think they took a different approach.
They said, `you know, I could let this beat me
down, but why would I let this beat me down?'"
said Connie Whitcomb, director of the CPRC.
ketplace. Even with the uptick of the economy, it
is not going to be easy to find a job, it's a com-
self forward, and you have to be marketing your-
self as impactfully as you possibly can. Optimism,
coupled with hard work, appropriate skills and an
awareness of how to go about that marketing is
what's really going to allow the Bonaventure
graduate to be successful."
nical qualifications, it is the ability to set yourself
apart that will land you that first job. The CPRC
staff spends a great deal of time working with
students to develop and strengthen their personal
it's also very much rooted in the ability to mar-
ket oneself," she said. "You have to know your
brand, you have to know what you bring and
how you will add value to an organization and
you have to be able to articulate that."
Although she is months away from attaining her
degree, Bonanno has accepted what she calls her
"dream job in her dream city."
strengthen her résumé and cover letter and
develop her personal brand. In her senior year,
Bonanno participated in the on-campus recruiting
program, where she interviewed for an internship
with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Although she
never interned with PwC, she was able to make a
connection that would later get her an interview
for a full-time position with the company in New
mately land Bonanno her first job.
me for interviews, and it helped bring me to the
level I needed to be at to do well in the inter-
views. From that, I was able to land my dream
job in my dream city, and I found out before
graduation, which was my goal."
When Abigail Schaaf walked across stage to col-
~ Vasile Godenciuc, '06
~ Carri (Gregorski) Prue, '04
~ Julie Gray, '01