In today's tough economy, it can be difficult for new graduates to find a job, especially a position within their major. However, despite recent economic obstacles, Kaitlyn Bonneville '10 already has secured a position in her chosen field not once, but twice.
First, she was an editorial assistant for an online trade publication, Luxury Daily, in New York City. Although many advised her to stay in that first position for at least a year, she decided to leave it for a better fit, and found another job as a news and content writer for a custom news marketing company called Brafton, in Boston, Mass.
MCLA, she said, prepared her to succeed.
"The courses that I took turned me into a dynamic writer. I had three concentrations under the English major, which I think gives me a broad range and competitive edge over someone who may have majored in only journalism," Bonneville said.
Immediately upon her graduation last May, Bonneville spent every day applying for jobs, sending out her resume and going on interviews. During both of her job searches, Bonneville refused to settle for a position where she wasn't writing. "Taking a job outside of my field won't help me get where I want to go, so I waited it out until I found what I was looking for."
She attributes much of her success to networking.
"Over the summer, I sent out my resume to everyone that could possibly help me. I contacted all of my references at MCLA, from my internship in D.C. and at the alumni office. I told them that I was looking for a job in writing. Everyone offered whatever help they could," she said.
"Networking is essential, especially when trying to launch your career. It's too big of a goal to take on without support. I think people often get too scared to reach out and ask for a hand. Most people are willing to help in whatever way they can. If I hadn't received so much support from my family, friends and references, I wouldn't be anywhere."
Bonneville also highly recommends that students serve an internship. While at MCLA, she served two.
"To have that on a resume speaks volumes about your work ethic, your professionalism, your maturity and your character. It lets you see what is out there without making any commitment," she explained. "When I hear of students saying they don't have the time or know where to look for an internship, it makes me crazy. It's so hard to get a job without an internship these days. It's expected of our generation that we enter the workforce with some experience under our belt."
According to Bonneville, the environment at MCLA inspires and pushes students to grow in ways that they didn't think possible, which gave her an edge in the job market.
"Because you're offered so many opportunities from the moment you start, rather than as an upperclassmen, students are much more motivated. For me, that motivation was key," she explained. "I came into my interview prepared and professional, with a portfolio of work from The Beacon and my internships. I had references from MCLA from people who really knew my character and my work ethic."
She advises all MCLA students to have the courage to go after what they want.
"When students come to MCLA with a new idea for a club or course, no one ever tells you, 'No, sorry, we can't do that.' Instead, it's, 'Great, how can we help you make this happen?' Bonneville explained. "I think MCLA really instilled a greater sense of ambition within me than when I came in with, and because of that, I've never really taken 'no' for an answer."