College to Career

Curious about what happens after graduating with your degree? You can spend time googling career options but we think it might be easier if you browse through what remarkable things our alumni are up to.

These recent graduates are #goals and have some advice to share with you! Learn about their transition from college to a career, what their daily work life looks like and how they set themselves apart from the competition.

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Meet Bridget Rader, '15

Case Manager, Andrus Wagstaff, PC
BA, Criminal Justice 

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What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a day-to-day basis, I am responsible for organizing and verifying facts from our clients about their potential claim. I collaborate with attorneys and paralegals in the mass tort process, interview clients, develop client case-specific proof required to sustain a claim and relay the advice and counsel of the attorneys to clients. I also prepare and help file complaints on behalf of clients.

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for a career?

When I was a student at CMU, I felt comfortable approaching and working with my professors, especially since class sizes were relatively small. Not only did I learn about the criminal justice system, but I also gained interpersonal skills which have allowed me to succeed.

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career position? 

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Transitioning from CMU to a career in Denver was relatively easy. I felt like my professors helped me understand numerous concepts and theories, which prepared me for both a career and to pursue a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Although I am technically still a student for a few months at Colorado State University, CMU allowed me to understand the importance of balancing school, work and my personal life.

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your position?

I had been practicing my interviewing skills since I was a student, which really paid off. Although I didn’t have any experience in the legal field, I focused on areas relevant in both my previous work experience and courses I had taken at CMU to show my bosses now that I was the best fit for the position.

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

Get involved and don’t procrastinate. For me, the social aspects of college were just as important as the academic portion but make sure you know how to balance the two. I would also say to try to narrow down what your long-term career goals are early on and work toward achieving them by joining clubs, interning and utilizing workshops designed to help you succeed. Don’t be afraid to get to know your professors. Having a reference from a professor can make you stand out from potential competition when applying for a job. Most importantly, remember that college will fly by, so make it count.

 

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