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See how Loyola helped them stand out, succeed

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In today’s economy, recent college graduates face fierce competition for jobs. These three members of the Class of 2013, however, were able to stand out from the crowd and find jobs in their areas of study.

What helped them do that? A degree from Loyola.


Ashton Mitchell

Major: Communication studies
Job: Desk associate at CBS-2 Chicago

Talk a little about your new job and what you’ll be doing.

“I’ll work for the assignment desk and follow up on stories that they’re working on. I’ll help write scripts, do some production work, conduct interviews, and answer questions from the public.”

 And how does it feel to know you’ve already lined up a job?

“It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. It feels like all of the work that I did during my time at Loyola is paying off.”

What were some of your favorite courses at Loyola?

“I did a radio practicum for WLUW and a news program called Lunchtime News. I got to anchor, write, produce, and report a news broadcast. That was a really great experience, and it solidified that journalism was the path I wanted to pursue after graduation.”

Any favorite memories outside the classroom?

“I studied abroad in Australia when I was a sophomore, and that was a defining experience for me. When I was there I didn’t have a declared major, so I got to take a bunch of different classes in art and creative writing. I got to travel around a lot, and I really grew as an individual and it helped me focus when I got back to school.” 

How did Loyola help prepare you for your job?

“Loyola encouraged me to be a curious person and to never be afraid to ask questions or talk to people. I’ve had so many wonderful mentors here and so many resources that gave me really practical and hands-on experience.”

Any advice for seniors who'll be graduating next year?

“Take advantage of a lot of opportunities that you may not be completely sure about. Say yes to a lot of things that scare you—but will probably surprise you and inspire you in ways that you never thought possible.”

What do you plan to buy with your first paycheck?

“I’m sure I’ll just buy something practical. But I may go out and celebrate a little bit with my friends.”


Richard Parra

Major: Advertising and public relations
Minor: French
Job: Media associate for Rosetta Interactive Marketing Agency in New York City

Talk a little about your new job and what you’ll be doing.

“I’ll be working in digital marketing and focusing on ad buying with Google and doing some search engine optimization—with a little bit of social media sprinkled in there.”

And how does it feel to know you’ve already lined up a job?

“It feels pretty good, honestly. It took a lot of stress off, and I’ve been able to sleep a lot easier since finding out I got the job. It feels good.”

What were some of your favorite courses at Loyola?

“I had some new media classes that got me interested in digital marketing and advertising. They were a great introduction into that world. And I definitely liked a lot of my foreign language courses. I had some upper-level French classes that only had 10 other students. That’s unheard of at a lot of other colleges.” 

Any favorite memories outside the classroom?

“I studied in China, and that was a great experience. I also had a few internships that I really enjoyed.”

How did Loyola help prepare you for your job?

“The advertising world is changing everyday, so it’s hard to create a curriculum that keeps up with everything. It’s not like history or math, where things aren’t changing all the time. That said, I think my professors did a great job of staying on top of the technology and broadening the scope of what they teach.”

Any advice for seniors who’ll be graduating next year?

“You’ll probably get a lot of rejection letters, but don’t let that keep you down. I really believe it’s as much your personality and your skills and your education as it is chance. So just keep your head up. Everyone at Loyola is bound to do well after college.”

What do you plan to buy with your first paycheck?

“My second month’s rent. New York City isn’t cheap.” 


Anthony Valletta 

Major: Operations management
Minor: Sport management
Job: Associate production supervisor for Nordson Corp. in Amherst, Ohio

Talk a little about your new job and what you’ll be doing.

“Nordson is a huge manufacturing company that makes all kinds of things. Basically, there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t use something that Nordson helped make. The inside of pop cans are coated by Nordson spray guns, for instance, and the glue you use to install windshields comes from Nordson. So I’ll be supervising a team in the division that makes nozzles for dispensing guns.”

And how does it feel to know you’ve already lined up a job?

“It’s a big weight off my shoulders. It puts my mind at ease to not have to juggle being a student and having to find work.”

What were some of your favorite courses at Loyola?

“I took several business classes that apply directly to what I’ll be doing: quality management, system analysis, and project management. Hopefully I can use those on the job.”

Any favorite memories outside the classroom?

“I studied abroad in Rome, which was very cool. I’m also involved with Enactus; it’s a student group that does service projects. I helped teach financial literacy to high school students, things like how to set up a budget and how to apply for financial aid when they go to college.” 

How did Loyola help prepare you for your job?

“They provided a base of knowledge to continue building on. They’ve given me not only the tools to succeed in college, but also the experiences I need to bridge the gap from the classroom to the real world.”

Any advice for seniors who'll be graduating next year?

“Get an internship as soon as you can. Start looking for a job as soon as you can. But enjoy your senior year.”

What do you plan to buy with your first paycheck?

“My friends and I have been planning a trip to Cancun for a while, so I’ll pay that off. Other than that, no crazy plans.”