tap-militaryChristendom College alumni are involved in every career field possible. And when asked to return to campus to speak to students about the benefits of a liberal arts degree and how it can be easily transitioned into a successful career, the alumni are always happy to help. This past Tuesday, three successful alumni returned to campus to discuss the benefits and merits of working for the Federal Government or with a government contractor.

Jesse Gallante (’07), Joe McFadden (’03), and Alyssa Lombardi (03) were speakers at Christendom’s popular networking series, “Life on Tap,” held in St. Kilian’s Café on February 16. Over 75 students, faculty, and staff came to hear how these three alumni are using their liberal arts degrees in the world of government.

As a 2007 political science graduate, Jesse Gallante advised students about how to find job opportunities within the federal government and working as a contractor.

Working as a Targeting Officer in the United States Air Force, Gallante told his audience that his Christendom education has helped make him successful, especially because he graduated with superior communication skills. He encouraged the students to focus on two things: find a mentor and be willing to build their resumes by taking any job, paid and unpaid, for experience.

“It’s not about someone’s pedigree,” he said, “it’s about taking every experience and making it a resume builder. Say ‘yes’ to everything.”

tap-military0mcfadJoseph McFadden, who has an English degree, works in IT as a Federal Government employee for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – not the normal work environment for a self-described conservative.

After four and a half years employed with the Federal Government, McFadden finds his work challenging, but rewarding. He noted that having a job inside the Federal Government requires accountability and motivation, and with a little investigation and by asking the right questions, it’s possible to help save taxpayers’ dollars from being spent needlessly.

“I helped find $150,000 wasted by the federal government,” he said.

Because of his liberal arts education, McFadden believes that he is able to impact government wide policies, simply because he knows how to think and analyze different situations.

“Applying for jobs is like fishing. You have to cast out your line. I cast my line for fifteen jobs, and was offered two positions because of experience. I built my resume out of college from internships,” he said.

tap-military-lombardiAlyssa Lombardi, an ’03 Christendom graduate, works as a Program Analyst for the United States Coast Guard.

She informed students of the rigors of the application process for different programs, giving advice on how to get their resumes into the right hands.

“Everyone has a story in how they started,” she said. “I was a history major that became a teacher at a Catholic school. After six years, I wanted something different, so I applied to an internship with the Coast Guard as an administrative assistant.”

As a Christendom graduate, Lombardi expressed the need for applicants to read, write, and speak well. She told students that thoroughness is necessary in the application process.

“Go to the federal website and look for opportunities as a summer intern. It might seem like a foreign language when applying to jobs for which you are qualified. There is a right and a wrong way to apply. It can be overwhelming,” she concluded.

The “Life on Tap” series is a bi-monthly event organized by the college’s career and leadership development office, featuring noted alumni and friends speaking on topics such as journalism, web development, and non-profit business. To find out more, or see videos from past “Life on Tap” events, please visit here.

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