LA 401: Professional Development for the Liberal Arts Student
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Natalie Guarna

Major: Psychology, Advertising
Minor: International Studies
Hometown: Newtown, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about LA 401 through the College of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network Listserv. I was going into my sophomore year and beginning to worry about my post-graduation preparation. The class sounded like a perfect way to improve my professional development skills.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The class went above and beyond my expectations. By the end of the course, I had developed a thorough resume, written numerous cover letters, done multiple mock interviews, attended my first career fair, and much more. I felt much more confident as a young professional, and was at ease walking into my summer internship interviews. By sharing her wide range of professional experiences with the class, our instructor was able to foster a classroom environment of comfort, trust, knowledge, and growth.

"I felt much more confident as a young professional, and was at ease walking into my summer internship interviews."

How did this experience impact you academically?

An important part of being a successful student is having good communication skills. In this course, we practiced all kinds of different writing and speaking skills. I can say with certainty that my written and verbal communication skills benefited immensely from this course.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

This course had an impact on my decision to pick up a second major in advertising. After listening to a couple guest speakers who came into our class, as well as evaluating my skills through the StrengthsFinder Assessment tool, I came to realize my interest in consumer behavior and marketing strategies. Although I am not sure exactly where I want to work within this field, this class really forced me to explore and research my options. As a result, I even began to network within the field.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend that any Liberal Arts student take this class, especially as a junior. This class is the best way to jump-start your career development. Plus, we're all going to have to make a resume eventually, so why not earn credit for making a really awesome one?

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