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Testimonials

Elizabeth Kucera
B.A. in Education
“Career Development has been so incredibly helpful to me! From helping work on my resume, to doing a mock interview, they’ve helped me along every step of the way. I got my first teaching job at the end of August. During my interview, the principal kept telling me how impressed he was with my resume. I know that he was impressed with my experience, but Career Development helped me put everything together and is to be credited for the presentation. They have a great eye for detail! I knew that as soon as the principal complimented my resume, I had to thank Career Development. I go to them for everything career related, such as to add a new piece of information to my resume. Some of my friends have sent me their resumes because they know that I’ve learned so much from Career Development. I do, ultimately, tell them it’s best to drop into Career Development’s office. They have great walk-in hours and are really convenient. Thank you for everything!!! Special thanks to Keith and Phyllis!”
 

Sean O’Brien
B.B.A. in Accounting
“The Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development helped me tremendously as a freshman. They helped turn my resume from ‘alright’ to ‘excellent’. It’s gotten to the point where interviewers actually take the time to make a comment about the professionalism of my resume. I was even able to get numerous offers for internships with big name companies during my freshman year because of the ‘Career Expo’ that Career Development sponsors. I strongly encourage everyone to visit the Gerri Ripp Center Career Development as soon as possible.”
 

Frank Tartatone
M.B.A. in Finance, Certificate in Public Accounting and International Business
"Since freshman year, Career Development has assisted me with every aspect of getting a job/internship. They have helped me with critiquing my resume/cover letters, job applications, mock interviews, thank you letters, and even how to professionally accept offers. In my 4 years of college I have had 6 internships in total, 2 of them for large companies like General Electric and KPMG. I received a full time offer from KPMG after my internship in the spring of senior year.
 
Another way that the Center has helped me in my college career is through their events, one in particular is ‘Meet A Career Mentor’. While making the difficult decision of determining the type of accounting I wanted to pursue, I decided to reach out to the alumni who I connected with during ‘Meet A Career Mentor’ for his advice about the avenue that would be best for my interests. Two of the mentors guided me in my choice to try audit where I had a great experience during my Accounting Winter Internship with KPMG. The Center for Career Development has assisted me with getting to where I am today and I cannot express how grateful I am to them for this. It is never too early to start your career…, and if you are unsure of what path you want to follow, the department will help you.”
 

Lory Jololian
Mental Health Counseling (Class of 2014)

"Attending the Iona College Career Fair was a not a good, but a GREAT decision. I was connected to a handful of employers within my field and ended up securing several interviews. Three weeks later, I have two job opportunities as a direct result. At first, I was concerned I would not find opportunities geared towards graduate students. I quickly discovered, however, that the majority of companies are looking to fill a variety of positions, ranging from internships and summer positions to part-time and full time employment. I highly recommend attending the career fair - you will not be disappointed!"
 

Megan Abate
B.A. Management

"Career Development truly gave me an immense amount of guidance and assistance when it came to creating my resume and obtaining an internship. I cannot thank them enough for hosting Meet a Mentor, an event that helped me to get the best internship I could have asked for. Even after the event, they were simply a phone call or e-mail away, helping me each step of the way. Thank you all again for everything you have done.”
 

Rita Valvano
B.B.A. in Finance

“Career Development has been very helpful in assisting me with my resume and preparing me for my interviews with employers. In preparation for the Career Fair, I went to Career Development for some advice and suggestions on my resume. After attending the Career Fair, I was then chosen and selected to interview with IBM, where the office also offered support by setting up a mock interview so that I could feel comfortable and prepared. I ended up succeeding past the first interview and was chosen to go on a phone interview. Once again, Career Development has helped assure me that I was prepared. Overall, I ended up receiving an offer to join IBM as a Co-op starting in the summer and accepted the position. Thanks to Career Development, I was able to feel reassured and at ease throughout the process. The office was very friendly and supportive each step of the way!”
 

Richard A. Marenco Jr.
B.B.A. in Marketing

“I just wanted to thank you in helping me to prepare for my interview.  And I also wanted to let you know that I got the internship with them!  Your coaching has helped me a great deal, thank you again!”
 
 
 

Rachel Nachtrieb
B.A. in Education

“Greetings from Chengdu, China (hometown of the Giant Panda--refer to the picture), I hope everything is going well in the Career Development Center!! I miss you all!! I had to write and tell you some exciting news!! Your work, talent, and expertise is currently touching over 100 Chinese University students!! Last semester I was teaching two Catholic Sisters and studying Chinese full time but this semester I am also teaching Oral English and reading at Beihua University!! When I got the book for my oral English class I was super stoked to find out it was about job interview skills!! So I am teaching an eight week course on preparing for English job interviews and I am using everything I learned from you all! I am even teaching them to write resumes!! I wanted to thank you for all you have taught me and know it is being put to good use in China!!”
 

Rosa Tillcurima
M.A. in Spanish

“I can’t even express enough how thankful I am for all your guidance and help with my resume and cover letters.  I know all that you do for me will make a difference in my life in the future.  Thank you so much for everything.”
 
 

Nicholas Mastroddi
B.B.A. in Marketing

“The career development office has been consistent with helping me to improve my resume. There's no way I would have been able to make my resume without the assistance of the career development staff. I would also strongly suggest to anyone that is making or editing their resume to stop by for advisement on how to do so. In my time at Iona the career development office has helped me the most in regards to my future.”
 

Emily Schneider
B.B.A. in Marketing

"I have to say, without the Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development I would not be on the path that I am headed on today. Beyond the incredible services they offer, they are dedicated, committed, and have a genuine desire to see their students succeed. Each and every one of the advisors offers a wealth of knowledge and years of professional experience. On top of being amazing career coaches, they all have a wonderful sense of humor and are easy to communicate with. I highly recommend Career Development to everyone I know.

Thank you Chris, Phyllis, Keith, Devon, Darelle, and Cindy for all of your love and caring support throughout the years! Through the mentoring each of you provided, I have gained the confidence to know I can walk into any professional atmosphere and make a meaningful contribution."