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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 2014, however, were able to stand out from the crowd and find full-time jobs.

What helped them do that? A degree from Loyola.


Bridget Sanders

Majors: Finance, marketing
Job: Investment analyst at GE Capital in Chicago

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

I’ll travel as part of a team to businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, analyzing the collateral pledged on GE Capital loans. It’s a two- to three-year program, and when I’m done I’ll be able to apply for other positions within GE Capital.

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

It feels great. I interviewed a lot in the fall and found out then that I had a job starting this summer. I really wanted a position in Chicago, and I feel so fortunate that I’ll be able to live and work in the city.

What were some of your favorite classes at Loyola?

I loved all of the marketing classes I took with Stacy Neier because she is such an engaging professor. I also enjoyed the classes I took with Nicholas Lash and William Bergman; they both taught me so much and challenged me to think critically.

Any favorite memories outside the classroom?

Studying abroad in Rome and being able to travel throughout Europe was absolutely incredible. I also went on Quinlan’s Ramble to Seattle business trip over Spring Break, which I really enjoyed.

How did Loyola help prepare you for your job?

Quinlan has a fantastic Business Career Services center, and I attended as many of their events as I could. I went to resume workshops, did mock interviews, all sorts of things. They definitely prepared me for my job search.

Any advice for seniors who will be graduating next year?

Start looking for jobs early. I started applying at the beginning of my senior year, and I think a lot of the best positions are filled before December. Get internships, too, because companies look for experience as well as academics.

And finally, what do you plan to buy with your first paycheck?

I know I’ll be very busy in my new job, but I plan to put some money away so I can travel abroad with some of my fellow Loyola alumni.


Phoebe Mueller

Majors: French, international studies
Job: Project manager for Epic Systems in Madison, Wis.

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

I’ll be working for Epic Systems, which is a healthcare tech company, and traveling to hospitals to train their staff on our software. Basically I’ll be on-site tech support until everyone at the hospital is comfortable with the system.

How does it feel to know you’ve already lined up a new job?

It’s a huge relief for me—and I think an even bigger one for my parents. I’m also excited to move to a new city.

What were some of your favorite courses at Loyola?

I was a big fan of pretty much all of my international studies courses, especially the refugee resettlement class taught by Dan Amick. I’d recommend it to anyone who needs to fulfill a service-learning requirement or who is interested in learning more about refugees. It was an eye-opening and rewarding course.

Any favorite memories outside the classroom?

I don't know why, but I have really fond memories of Snowpocalypse in 2011. It was freshman year, and it was basically a city-wide snow day. Chicago shut down, and everyone just hung out and drank hot chocolate and played in the snow. 

How did Loyola prepare you for your job?

I think the caliber of work that most professors demand has taught me to produce quality work. I know they expect it, so now I expect that of myself.

Any advice for seniors who will be graduating next year?

Get work experience through internships or leadership positions in clubs. A good GPA is important, but I’d say that the skills and experience I got through internships were what made me a competitive candidate in interviews.

And finally, what do you plan to buy with your first paycheck?

Furniture and a fabulous pair of shoes.


Bridgid Danahy

Majors: Theatre, advertising/public relations
Job: Costume shop apprentice at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater

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

I will be doing a little bit of everything in the costume shop, especially in the wigs and crafts departments. I’ll also get a chance to design a show in the spring, which is super exciting. I’m a costume designer, so this apprenticeship is a great opportunity to keep learning.

How does it feel to know you’ve already lined up a new job?

For the first time in a long time, I’m actually excited to know that I will be busy. Knowing that I get to do the thing I love with some of the best in the business is surreal. I am extremely lucky.

What were some of your favorite courses at Loyola?

I’m also an advertising/PR major, and one of my favorite classes in that course load was Public Service Communication. We got to put together a public relations campaign for a non-profit organization that brings art therapy to Chicago’s public schools. It was awesome.

Any favorite memories outside the classroom?

One night during my sophomore year, my friends and I tried to climb a tree in between the east quad and Coffey Hall, but ended up just watching the sunrise from the grass. Cliche? Yes. Worth it? Oh, yes.

How did Loyola prepare you for your job?

Loyola pushes you to learn about a lot of different things. Most people that start a job like mine have come out of conservatory or non-liberal arts programs, but I feel like I have an edge because of my Jesuit education.

Any advice for seniors who will be graduating next year?

If you don’t have a job right away, don’t be alarmed. Keep working hard and never stop learning—and you’ll get that dream job.

And finally, what do you plan to buy with your first paycheck?

Like most recent graduates, I’ll be putting some of it toward my student loans.