To the Class of 2020 – From the Classes of 2007, 2008, 2009
Things had been going pretty well. Unemployment was at 5%, incredibly low for the time. Real estate values were soaring. Interest rates were low. Things seemed good.
Then the world shifted. The housing bubble burst. The stock market crashed. Unemployment grew.
Class of 2020: while it is not the same, the Classes of 2007, 2008, and 2009 – the ones who graduated during the Great Recession – understand what you are experiencing. They, too, faced uncertainty, had to pivot to different plans, developed resiliency.
It wasn’t easy, but they did thrive. They have had career success. And they have learned a lot about themselves in the process. Here are their words of wisdom, their advice, just for you:
Thank you very much to the alumni who submitted recorded messages:
- Alyson Hatchett Conley ’07, Program Examiner, Office of Management & Budget
- Nick Cuomo ’09, Principal, St. John Paul II Catholic Academy
- Katelyn Gleason ’08, Teacher, Dedham High School
- Christie Verzino ’09, Business Practice Manager, First Republic Wealth Management
Be sure to take advantage of these Providence College Center for Career Education & Professional Development resources:
- FriarLink – alumni and student networking: these alums have volunteered to help you. Don’t wait to contact them!
- Online Tools – Handshake, Vmock resume review, Big Interview for interview practice.
- Career Coaching Appointments – now done over Zoom! Sign up on Handshake.
- Friar Four Career Core Workshops – brush up on your technical and soft skills so you are ready to shine.
- CareerSpot Videos – learn about professional skills that can set you apart.
- Center for Career Education & Professional Development newsletter – stay updated on all of our offerings!