was hired as a business analyst for the com-
ter, Sean Rickard was put in
touch with alumni in a host
of different cities. It was the
enthusiastic, tight-knit Char-
lotte, N.C., alumni that ulti-
mately won him over. With
only the encouragement of
the Charlotte alumni base and
no guarantee of a position,
Rickard decided to take a
chance on the southern city.
Within a week of his moving
to the city he was interviewing
fessional roles as well. The thor-
ough education in business she
received made her more com-
fortable at work.
prospects just two months after graduation.
However, her journey did not remove her from
the tight-knit Bonaventure alumni network and
she soon secured a job at Wachovia with the
help of a recruiter who had attended her alma
ing support for Wells Fargo Securities' Sales &
Trading division. Her daily workload varies, from
running ad campaigns to working with other divi-
sions within the company.
ployee, Ryan said that her experience at St.
Bonaventure prepared her for her position in mar-
keting. While in school, she was able to help cre-
ate an American Advertising Federation
campaign for the Toyota Matrix. She and her
classmates performed every task that a profes-
sional marketing team would in creating an ad
tion within Wells Fargo, I already had this book
of work to show as experience that I already
had in doing all of these different types of activ-
ities within marketing and advertising."
someone at work mentions a term or a piece of
logic," she said.
describes as "very close."
bowling leagues and Bonnie golf leagues, and we
have a float in the St. Patrick's Day Parade," Ryan
said. She has lost count of the times that her
Bonnies gear has gotten her noticed while travel-
ling. "It's a real family school," she said. "It may
be a small school but Bonaventure roots, I think,
made a trip down in my dad's old car with three or four
pairs of pants ... and the next thing I knew I was here full
time, signing a lease. It's been eight years now. I love the
city and I love what the alumni here have done for me."
move to Charlotte.
nity, and I haven't looked back since," he said.
way toward Rickard's success in the professional sphere.
major, I was exposed to accounting, finance, manage-
ment and marketing. I deal with all of those four areas of
expertise on a daily basis with all the jobs that I recruit for.
It allows me to define the right role for each of my candi-
bursting with Bonaventure pride: "That degree, it's some-
thing that I'm proud of every day. I have my diploma still
hanging up on the wall of my bedroom, and it's some-
thing that I can look at every day with pride. I am very ex-
cited to be a Bonnie."