Monmouth University can do more for students than prepare them for challenging, successful careers after graduation. Some students, like Mariana Bonato ’13, find their dream jobs through networking with faculty, staff, and the experts in Monmouth’s Career Services office.
Mariana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and was immediately able to leverage her degree into a job as a business analyst with one of the world’s leading financial companies at a location close to her Long Branch hometown.
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Faculty Member Influence
Mariana said her close relationships with faculty and administrators, enhanced by Monmouth’s small class sizes and ‘small campus’ feel, was key to her success after graduation.
“During the years spent at Monmouth, I was fortunate to meet and interact with faculty members who were influential in my success from day one,” Mariana said. “Trustee Thomas Michelli and Vice President for Enrollment Management Robert McCaig were key players in my transfer to Monmouth, their support was crucial and highly appreciated. Meeting with Dr. Noah Hart was pivotal in my decision to pursue a degree in business, and without the support of my counselor and mentor Dr. Susan Gupta, professors such as Noah Lipman, advice from Karl Gordinier and Career Services, and my relationship with the Monmouth University Business Council, especially Deborah Mannix, I am certain that the path to success would have been arduous.”
How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals
“The ability to easily interact with faculty and establish relationships is one of Monmouth's best attributes,” Mariana said. “The support they provided was essential to pursue my academic and professional endeavors.
“It is helpful to work closely with professors because they give you instant feedback. I was also involved with Career Services, I attended resume writing workshops and they linked me with opportunities specifically for the business world.
“Because I graduated with a degree in international business administration, I had an internship where I worked with a company with teams in different locations around the world. I had to navigate through different languages and different time zones — but by having that international experience, I was ready for my job after graduation.
“Right now I am working on a project team coordinating tax operations for Global Wealth Management Private Bank, we’re working to implement a new regulation from the IRS into
our business. My experience at Monmouth definitely gave me the confidence and skills to complete this work.”
Organizations that helped me as a student
Like many successful students, Mariana seized opportunities to join on-campus organizations, sometimes taking a leadership role, which allowed her to network with other students, faculty, and community members she may not have encountered otherwise.
“The International Business Network was an organization created during my junior year, and as a senior I was made president of the organization,” Mariana said. “Different platforms were used to provide students with the opportunity to network with professionals and faculty off campus, including a speed networking event which was attended by approximately thirty professionals and over sixty students.
“Joining Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity, was also essential in my professional development. Being involved with different organizations provided me with the opportunity to exploit and develop my leadership skills.”