Communication major lands professional job pre-graduation

Casey McCauley – Features Editor

Searching for a full-time job for after graduation can be considered a part-time job in itself.

Along with the tedious and lengthy process of filling out the applications, cover letters and references, one still has to manage school work and schedule time for interviews.

For Darian McCanna, all the stresses of job searching are over before it even began.

Unlike most students preparing to graduate and stepping out into the real world, McCanna already has her next position secured.

Following her upcoming May graduation, McCanna will be Lea Craft Kitchens & Baths, LLC’s newest addition.

Located in Marienville, Pa., Lea Craft Kitchens & Baths both designs and installs kitchens, but McCanna will be more on the creative end of things. She will be  taking on the responsibilities of creating advertisements, assisting in creating a website and managing social media for the company.

McCanna landed the position through her networking and word-of-mouth skills. She is excited to start her professional path and put her knowledge  to the test come May.

As a senior strategic communication major, McCanna is involved in WCUC-FM and the University Activities Board’s Campusfest, both have given her ample opportunities to gain pre-professional experience which she is hoping to incorporate into her position at Lea Craft Kitchens & Baths, LLC.

“The classes I have taken and the experiences throughout those are what has prepared me the most. Learning the skills and then applying them will aid me in my success,” said McCanna.

She had a few words of advice for students anxiously awaiting to find their own professional positions.

“I would say not to get too defeated by the job search process. It can be tough applying to so many and then hearing or not hearing from them. I was nervous about starting it and I didn’t think that the place I would work would come from a connection. It’ll happen for you before you know it,” said McCanna.

She is looking forward to hitting the ground running with her first professional job, but McCanna will miss the friendships she’s made here at Clarion.

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