Rachel Hoskins-Lioi Douglas ’01

Rachel (Hoskins-Lioi) Douglas, 01 is a copywriter at TWIST Creative, Inc., in Cleveland. She is also one-half of the band Attack Cat with her husband, Dave Douglas.  Here’s her advice:

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
Stay true to yourself. I know it’s cliché, but it really is true. Authenticity breeds confidence. That’s attractive no matter where you work.

What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation?
You know how you’re involved in student council, intramural sports and choir, all while killing it academically? Go forth and do likewise. The “real world” is basically just a gigantic university.

What skill should recent grads hone?
A capacity to serve. You’ll win hearts and goals when you commit to serving the needs of your employer, your family, your church, or whatever you dedicate yourself toward achieving. It took me a few years to get this one.

How did you find your first job?I sent out about 70 resumes—half of which were filled with typos and errors (don’t do that). A news editor finally took pity on me and offered me my first full-time writing job.

David Yakley ’95

David Yakley ’95 is the director of design at Malone University. Dave has a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore. He has won numerous awards for his primary publication, the Malone Magazine, and is an elected board member of the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) and of the Canton Advertising Federation Board. Dave also teaches for the Department of Communication Arts at Malone.

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
Be strong and confident in who you are—share your opinions—but don’t be judgmental. Lead by example. People will know there is something different about you just by how you live. Many times you will bless someone and not even realize it.

What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for?
To think. The liberal arts program will reap benefits. The opportunity we’ve all had to share in a broad range of educational experiences will help you through a variety of challenges. Being able to articulate yourself in writing and in conversation will be valuable.

What skill should recent grads hone?
Communication always bubbles to the top for me. How you interact with people matters at least as much as the skills and experiences you bring to the table. Develop good habits in maintaining positive rapport with the people you encounter. It’s not always easy, and I wish I was much better at it.

How did you find your first job?
The first job was to get me through. I heard about it through a friend. It wasn’t my goal job, but it allowed me to transfer to another city and helped get me through graduate school. I also took every opportunity that job offered to learn skills that help me to this day. Networking is definitely important. Volunteer. Be involved in professional groups in your area. It does pay dividends later.

Ben Alderfer ’12

Ben Alderfer, Materials Coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, offers this advice to the Class of 2014:

Working in a secular world is tough because it often challenges me spiritually to either stand out or blend in with my co-workers.  Malone’s atmosphere of devout faith and close friendships has followed me since graduation and has given me the support I have needed to remain accountable in my workplace.

Life after graduation is immeasurable: challenges await in arenas of ethics at work, personal faith, and maintaining relationships; however, Christ speaks to each of those and can enable you to experience joy in all things… be reminded of that power DAILY through scripture.

Honor God with your perseverance. I had three declined internships and a job interview pass on me before I called up a gentleman to meet and discuss his job and how he ended up in his position. That 15 minute interview turned into an hour long discussion and then a 3 month internship which led to a 4 month part-time job which provided a way to my first full time job. Do not lose heart when you are not chosen for a particular job time and again because God is sovereign and his will is best. Align yourself with Jesus and you will travel with purpose.

Jennifer Bryan ’05

Jennifer Bryan ’05 is the Communications Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties. Here’s what she shared with us:

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
Keep your focus on who God is, and who you are in Him. Looking at the world will only make you discouraged and discontent. Also, pray that you can have wisdom and an attitude of love in your interactions with others.

What skill should recent grads hone?
Communicating! This is a skill that transcends all career paths…no matter what you do, you must be able to communicate clearly and appropriately with others.

How did you find your first job?
I had an internship at Habitat for Humanity my senior year…they ended up with an opening at that same time, and here I am 9 years later!

Brian Steele ’06

We asked Brian Steele ’06 Comm Arts grad and assistant editor at New Regency Productions in Los Angeles, for his advice for the Class of 2014:

What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for?
I would say the most important thing I took away from Malone was realizing my passions. I entered as a freshman not having the slightest idea what I wanted to do with my life. By the time I graduated, I had a clear vision of what I was passionate about, and what I wanted to pursue in life. I spent my last semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, which was a great way to transition from college life at Malone to life in southern California.

What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation?
Life after graduation can be somewhat jarring. You go from a community of friends and professors who are all there to pursue learning and educating, to a stage of life where those structures don’t exist (unless you go to grad school). Although it has merit, try not to exist in that liminal space in your life after graduation for too long. Set goals for yourself, and do your best at accomplishing them. It’s also important to find a network of friends or people with the same goals as you to maintain a sense of community. Staying connected is key.

What skill should recent grads hone?
Develop the ability to network in person and online. Join groups online or meet with people with the same interests through sites like meetup.com. Seek out the advice of people who are currently working in the field in which you wish to work. That could be anything from connecting to people on LinkedIn, to tweeting at someone’s work you admire. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask questions of people via social media. Most people are happy and willing to give advice. You never know, building these relationships could also lead to a job.

Diane Ferritto ’07

Diane Ferritto ’07, Liberal Arts graduate, social media expert and Kids CrossFit Coach, sent this advice:

What is your advice for working in a secular world? Be prepared to be tested but know that it will pass and once it has, you’ll be glad faith plays such a significant role in your life.

What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for? Malone helped broaden my horizons regarding people’s approaches and outlooks to situations– everyone is raised differently and values certain things and they aren’t going to be all the same as what you value and hold dear. Being able to accept and recognize that has helped me look at situations from different perspectives– both in the corporate work environment as well as my personal life.

What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation? Find a job you like to do even if it doesn’t pay as much as the job your parents want you to have. At the end of the day your happiness is worth more than the paycheck you earned being miserable.


Brett Fogle ’07

We asked Brett Fogle ’07, a Business Administration grad who is now a tax supervisor at Bruner-Cox, LLP for his advice:

“Some advice I would give for working in a secular world is to stay humble and true to your Faith.  Malone prepared me to stay strong in my Christian beliefs when my Faith was challenged, as this will happen in the workplace, whether it be ethical or moral decisions that will need to be made.  By standing strong in my Faith, I feel that a healthy respect is given to me from my co-workers.  Eventually, co-workers have noticed my Christian beliefs and some great conversations have started from this quiet witness.”