Explore Careers In Communications At Networking Event

By Isabella Barberio, Staff Writer

Interested in a career in communications? Check out the annual Careers in Communications event, presented Friday by the Communications and Media Department.

At this event students will have the opportunity to network with alumni who have landed successful careers in communications. The department is welcoming back eight alumni to speak on a panel about how being a communications student at the University has helped them achieve the jobs they have now.

“Last year’s event showed me how successful our alumni become after graduating, and how passionate they are about helping us find our future careers,” Alexis Latzanich, senior Public Relations major, said.

Along with the alumni panel, there will be introductions of the different clubs the Communications and Media Department has to offer.

Although the event is hosted by the Communications and Media Department, it is open to all students who attend the University. Previous years, multiple students from the marketing major found the event helpful.

“The marketing students realized at the event that the career they wanted was actually a part of the Communications and Media Department,” said Dr. Brian Snee, a professor in the Communications and Media Department. The students wanted a more creative aspect to marketing, and quickly learned that a major in communications was something they were interested in.

The group of alumni panelists include people working in careers ranging from social media to public affairs to production. The range of careers among the panelists makes it easy for students to find someone working in their dream career.

The panelists this year are Tom Ciavarella ‘00, Frantz Lucien ‘12, Phil Grieco ‘00, Kata Dugan ‘92, Ryan Disdier ‘17, Bill Carney ‘94, Katie Greene ‘15, and Christina Tucciarone ’14.

Alumni panelists last year had the opportunity to talk about their career, how the classes and professors in the Communications and Media Department helped them get those careers, and tell stories about their time as students at the University.

“It was so cool meeting the different alumni because they were real and didn’t shy away from answering honest questions” said Peyton Golowski, senior advertising and public relations major.

After the panel finishes, the alumni stay behind and give students the chance to talk one on one and ask any questions they may have. This also gives students the opportunity to network and exchange information with alumni in the career they hope to go into.

The Communications and Media Department tries to connect alumni to students, and the alumni are excited to help the students in any way that they can.

“They truly care about the students in the Comm department because they were once in our shoes. They were able to provide insight on what classes and extracurriculars got them into the career they’re in,” said Latzanich.

The event will take place in the Loyola Science Center from 2-4 p.m. If you have questions, reach out to any of the faculty the Communications and Media Department.