First Jobs

While most students today don't expect to land their dream job right out of school, the experience gained at their all-important first jobs can set the stage for a successful career.

Dominican's community-based approach to education focuses on preparing students for career success starting day one and continues through a four-year plan with the collaboration of faculty, staff, employers and community partners. That close attention is a distinctive aspect of a Dominican education rarely replicated among other schools in the Chicago area, and it's helped our recent graduates land at top-notch companies throughout Chicago and beyond.

Check out some of the first jobs our recent alumni have landed within a year of graduating:

Accounting

  • Consulting Associate, McGladrey ('13)
  • Senior Auditor, Deloitte & Touche, LLP ('06)
  • Tax Auditor, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts ('10)
  • Accounting Associate, CyberSearch ('09)
  • State & Local Tax Associate, McGladrey ('12)

American Studies

  • Education Coordinator, Bright Horizons Child Care ('12)
  • Enrollment and Matching Specialist, Big Brothers/Big Sisters ('08)
  • Teen Advisor, Arlington Heights Memorial Library/MLIS Student ('13)

Apparel Design

  • Production Coordinator & Stylist, Zzazz Productions ('08)
  • Junior Merchandise Coordinator, Camuto Group ('12)
  • Personal Shopper, Anthropologie ('12)
  • Fashion Label Owner/Designer ('09)

Apparel Merchandising

  • Promotions Specialist, Jasmine Enterprises ('09)
  • Assistant Manager, Orvis ('10)
  • Regional Account Manager, Groupon ('13)
  • Service and Training Manager, Gap Inc./Old Navy ('12)
  • Executive Merchandising Trainee, Shopko ('11)

Art History

  • Contributing Writer, Newcity Magazine ('13)
  • Gallery / Festival Coordinator, Around the Coyote ('05)
  • Graduate Student, Arts Policy and Practice, National University of Ireland ('14)
  • Manager-In-Training, Anthropologie ('13)

Biology

  • Laboratory Technician, Teleflex Medical ('09)
  • Lab Assistant, UIC College of Medicine ('10)
  • Senior Quality Technician, Abbott Laboratories ('06)
  • PhD Student, Evolutionary Biology, University of Victoria ('14)

Biology-Chemistry

  • Molecular Oncology Research Intern, Loyola University Medical Center ('14)
  • Senior Laboratory Technician, Avon Cosmetics ('10)
  • Analytical Chemist, AbbVie ('13)
  • Medical Student, Midwestern University ('10)
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Children's Memorial Hospital ('05)

Black World Studies

  • JD/MBA Student, Valparasio University ('13)
  • Associate, Sinsinawa Dominicans ('14)

Business Administration

  • Associate Product Manager, ACCO Brands ('08)
  • Business Development & Marketing Specialist, Shakespeare Squared ('09)
  • Advertising Account Executive, Time Out Chicago ('10)
  • Financial Analyst, MidAmerica Bank ('06)
  • Intern, Cook County Treasurer ('13)

Chemistry

  • Quality Assurance Specialist, Baxter Healthcare ('10)
  • Quality Control, Research & Development Supervisor, Dental Technologies ('12)
  • Laboratory Technician, Abbott Laboratories ('11)
  • PhD Student, Organic Chemistry, University of Oklahoma ('13)

Computer Science 

  • Software Developer, Experian, Passport Health Communications ('13)
  • Technical Intern, AT&T ('12)
  • Application Support Engineer, Accretive Health ('13)
  • Business Applications Consultant, Capgemini ('14)
  • Information Technology Technician, Elk Grove Park District ('13)

Corporate Communications

  • Marketing Specialist, Tribune Company ('06)
  • Social Media Coordinator, Phusion Projects ('12)
  • Copywriter, Sears Holdings Corporation ('11)
  • Online Consultant, CareerBuilder.com ('10)
  • Product Analyst at Orbitz Worldwide ('11)
  • Copywriter, American Mass Media Corporation ('12)

Criminology

  • Law Student, John Marshall Law School ('10)
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor, Youth Outreach Services ('12)
  • Clinical Re-Entry Case Manager, Illinois Department of Corrections ('09)
  • Student Intern, Cook County Social Services Department ('10)
  • Account Executive, Groupon ('12)

Culinology®

  • Sr. Food Technologist, Armour-Eckrich Meats ('08)
  • Food Technologist, ARYZTA LLC ('14)
  • Flavor and Application Technologist, H.B. Taylor ('12) 
  • R&D Flavor Lab Technician, Edlong Dairy Technologies ('13)
  • Product Developer, Food Marketing Support Services Inc. ('13)

Early Childhood Education

  • Special Subjects Teacher, St. Anthony Preschool ('09)
  • Director, Care a Lot Early Learning Center ('10)
  • Teacher, Bright Horizons ('12)
  • Teacher, A-Karrasel Academy ('12)
  • Center Director, KinderCare ('11)

Economics

  • CIM Data Specialist, Nuveen Investments ('13)
  • Collateral Analyst, GE Capital ('14)
  • Commercial Lending Financial Analyst, Allstate ('14)

Engineering 

  • Reliability Analysis Engineer, ComEd ('12)
  • Process Engineer, Murphy Machine Products ('12)
  • Research Analyst Intern, Spraying Systems Co. ('13)
  • Power Systems Applications Engineer, John Deere ('11)

English

  • Web Content & Social Media Coordinator, Moose International ('13)
  • Social Media Manager, Mac Duggal ('13)
  • Marketing Coordinator, H.W. Lochner ('11)
  • HR/Recruiting Intern, Razorfish ('11)

Environmental Science

  • Conservation Education Intern, The Field Museum ('12)
  • Assistant Environmental Scientist, Burns and McDonnell ('12)
  • Environmental Project Assistant, ENVIRON International Corp ('08)

French

  • French Teacher, Plainfield High School ('13)
  • Flight Attendant, Delta Air Lines ('10)
  • Graduate Student, Museum Studies, Smith College ('08)
  • Graduate Student, Human-Computer Interaction, DePaul University ('06)
  • Consular Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago ('11)

Graphic Design

  • Director of Product Development and Design, Axiz Group ('10)
  • Senior Graphic Designer, Lights America ('10)
  • Graphic Design Intern, Ravinia Festival ('08)
  • Project Coordinator/Graphic Designer, Resolution Productions Group ('13)
  • Graphic Designer, Russo Power Equipment ('11)
  • Art Supervisor, Media Monkey Marketing ('14)

History

  • Third Grade Teacher at Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102 ('12)
  • MLIS Graduate Student/Library Media Specialist, Chicago Public Schools ('06)
  • Graduate Student, Renaissance Literature, York University ('13)
  • Logistics Coordinator, ReSource Point of Sale LLC ('10)

International Business

  • Global Sales Analyst, BMO Financial Group ('13)
  • Associate Product Manager, Medline Industries ('12)
  • Transportation Coordinator, BNSF Logistics ('14)
  • Registered Associate, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management ('13)
  • Marketing & Sponsorship Specialist, Chicago Tribune Media Group/Hoy Publications, LLC ('13)

International Relations & Diplomacy

  • Legal Intern, Mil Mujeres Legal Services ('13)
  • Graduate Student, International Politics, American University ('07)
  • Graduate Student, Security and Intelligence, University of Pittsburgh ('10)
  • Graduate Student, Public Policy, King's College London ('13)
  • Sales and Service Specialist, Bank of America ('11)
  • Program Coordinator, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars ('06)

Italian

  • Account Executive, AT&T ('05)
  • Graduate student, Italian Literature, Indiana University ('05)
  • Key Account Advocate, Forsythe ('05)

Journalism

  • Marketing Communications Associate, Redbox ('10)
  • Reporter, Pioneer Press Newspapers ('11)
  • Staff Writer, Premier Travel Media ('14)
  • Reporter and Web Producer, Time magazine ('05)
  • Reporter, KLJB-TV, Quad Cities ('09)
  • Graduate Student, Cinema Studies, New York University ('10)

Mathematics

  • Mathematics Teacher, Proviso School District 209 ('10)
  • Collateral Analyst, GE Capital ('14)
  • Client Service Engineer, Synthesis Technology Corp. ('13)
  • Actuarial Analyst, Zurich North American ('11)

Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Summer School Teacher, Addision Trails High School ('14)
  • Senior iOS Developer, Red Bull ('11)
  • Software Developer, Izongate, Inc. ('07)
  • PC Specialist, Rush Oak Park Hospital ('09)
  • Consultant, Sogeti USA ('14)

Natural Science 

  • Laboratory Technician, Grace Analytical Lab ('12)
  • Nursing Student, Chamberlain College of Nursing ('12)
  • Exercise Physiologist Coordinator for Pediatrics, Loyola University Bariatric Center ('14)
  • Therapist, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. ('11)
  • Analyst, Abbott Laboratories ('07)

Neuroscience

  • PhD Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota ('09)
  • PharmD Student, Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy ('11)
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine ('11) 

Nutrition & Dietetics

  • Health and Nutrition Coordinator, Greater Chicago Food Depository ('12)
  • Registration Eligibility Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ('11)
  • RD Candidate/Intern, Rush University Medical Center ('09)
  • Learning and Development Manager, Mariano's Fresh Market ('13)
  • RD Candidate/Dietetic Intern at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center ('11)

Painting

  • Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin/Art Conservation Intern, Milwaukee Art Museum ('06)
  • Arts Marketing Writer, Adduci Art Services ('13)
  • Inquiry Response Coordinator, Career Education Corporation ('13)
  • Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College ('11)
  • MFA Student, Rutgers University ('07)
  • Art Director at VisionTek ('11)

Pastoral Ministry

  • Education/ Intervention Lead, Dominican Volunteers USA ('12)
  • Graduate Assistant/Student, College Student Personnel, Marquette University ('13)
  • Graduate Student, Youth and Family Ministry, Trinity Lutheran Seminary ('10)

Philosophy

  • JD Candidate, University of Illinois College of Law ('12)
  • Purchasing Assistant, Navistar ('12)
  • JD Candidate, John Marshall Law School ('11)
  • Graduate Student, College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University ('06)

Photography

  • Photographer/Studio Owner ('14)
  • Photographer, PMI Sports Photography ('12)
  • Photographer, 360˚ Revo˚ ('13) 

Political Science

  • Case Manager, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago ('13)
  • Research Analyst, Market Dynamics Inc. ('09)
  • Assistant Residential Education Coordinator, University of Utah ('12)
  • JD Candidate/Research Assistant at Human Rights Clinic, John Marshall Law School ('13)
  • Account Manager, CareerBuilder.com ('13)

Psychology

  • Recruitment Manager, City Year ('11)
  • Volunteer Coordinator, West Suburban PADS/Graduate Student, Adler School of Professional Psychology ('14)
  • Graduate Student, Chicago School of Professional Psychology/School Psychology Intern, Lake Forest High School ('09)
  • Family Support Specialist, Gads Hill Center ('10)
  • PhD Candidate, Community Psychology, DePaul University ('11)

Sociology

  • HR Coordinator, Power Construction ('11)
  • Community Services Coordinator, Greater Chicago Food Depository ('13)
  • Graduate Student, Public Policy, University of Chicago ('11)
  • Founder & CEO, Walk with Therese/MSW Student, Dominican University ('12)
  • Addictions Counselor, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. ('12)
  • Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy, Rush University ('08)

Spanish

  • Graduate Student, ESL, Dominican University ('09)
  • Customer Service Specialist, State Farm Insurance ('12)
  • Intern, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard ('14)
  • Language Assistant, National Labor Relations Board ('11)

Theatre Arts 

  • MFA Student, Yale University School of Drama ('11)
  • Assistant Manager of Audience Services, Victory Gardens Theater ('13)
  • Box Office Manager, Pheasant Run Resort ('10)

Theology

  • Assistant Editor at L'Osservatore Romano (Vatican Newspaper) ('08)
  • Theology Teacher, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School ('13)
  • Religion Teacher, Archbishop Hoban High School ('12)
  • Intern, Campus Crusade for Christ ('13)

Source: LinkedIn