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Driven to Succeed: The book that will help you jumpstart your post-college plans

by Jenn Harrington | September 24, 2014

Driven to Succeed, written by Jason Navallo, is aimed to help post-graduation students start their careers after college by answering five questions: Which field should I choose? How should I write resumes? Where should I look for jobs? How should I prepare for interviews? How should I start a job search?

Driven to Succeed, by David Navallo, was released early in September

Driven to Succeed, by Jason Navallo, was released early in September

Aside from reviewing the basic steps of applying for jobs that most students, hopefully, already know by the time graduation rolls around, D2S also offers hints and tips to maximize the use of tools such as LinkedIn and post-interview thank you notes.

Which field should you choose? Searching for open positions is possible the hardest task to accomplish in a job search. Navallo gives examples of effective search engine queries such as inputting the current year and following with “growing fields” so that you can see which industries may have a large number of opportunities available.

He also suggests looking at postings for senior level positions to gain an understanding of what skills you will need to build for the future. It can help to plan which entry-level position is best suited for you.

How should I write resumes? Use resources available at the campus career center; they can provide format and editing services. Make sure that you are selling yourself and creating a brand and not just stating what you have accomplished. Fill your resume with effective keywords because recruiters and hiring managers will notice you faster and are more likely to keep your resume in their pile if they are looking for specific skills.

Where should I look for jobs? Internships and part-time jobs are great experience building opportunities that shouldn’t be pushed aside after college if you are having trouble landing your dream career. Using job search engines is a great way to find current openings. Use keywords in your search to find jobs with skills relevant to your experience. Be open to relocating; you may have to move out of your comfort zone but companies are more likely to hire you and there may be opportunities in the future to move to a city you would prefer. Network and connect to people in your industry.

Many professionals are willing to offer free career advice, all it takes is a message on LinkedIn.

How should I prepare for interviews? Glassdoor is a website that offers the inside scoop on interview processes with large companies. You can get first-hand knowledge for what your interview experience might be like if you’re applying to one of the companies they have listed.

Be honest about your experiences. Be prepared for longer interview processes that might require a phone interview before meeting face-to-face. Follow up with thank you notes!

How should I start a job search? Create a flexible plan that doesn’t rely on dates and times. Decide on a number of jobs to apply to during the week and weekend. Continuously apply until you’re sure you’ve found the right one. Even if you’ve landed your first job, continue to apply to jobs that will advance your career in the direction you want it to go.

These are all the tips I learned from reading D2S. I found my favorite aspect of his book is that he provides examples of what to say in an interview, how to write specific parts of your resume, and what a thank-you note might look like. It makes the process of job hunting seem less daunting.

Driven to Succeed is worth a read if you’re in your senior year, or even junior year. It’s a short 38 pages of advice that will help you feel more confident as you plan to start a career after college.

The take-away: to be driven to succeed you must find, in yourself, the motivation to keep moving toward your goals and career aspirations. All it takes, according to Navallo, is persistence and tenacity.


Life just happens

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Brianna Rodriguez

A review of local author and clinical social worker, Joan Hoey’s new, inspirational self-help book filled with stories about Hoey, her clients and family. 

Hoey holds nothing back when covering psychology and common lifestyle topics, such as spirituality, fear, destiny and empowerment. (Photo provided by Hoey)

Hoey holds nothing back when covering psychology and common lifestyle topics, such as spirituality, fear, destiny and empowerment. (Photo provided by Hoey)

If you haven’t read Purposeful Destiny by Joan Hoey, you should. It is extremely relatable especially for college students – at a time when everyone is expecting us to have all the answers about our future.

Hoey stresses in her book the importance of having patience and letting some things happen in their own time. The book includes stories about Hoey, her clients and family, and how they overcame obstacles, while being guided by unusual circumstances and synchronistic happenings.

Hoey has more than 20 years of clinical experience as a private practitioner and has been a Connecticut resident for years, which is where a majority of her book takes place.

Purposeful Destiny goes through some of the obstacles Hoey, her family, and a few clients have to face over the years. Certain situations the characters find themselves in seem as though things will not get better, but once he or she also start to rely on his or her faith – regardless of what that may be – the characters are able to move toward each of their destinies.

I had the pleasure to speak with the new author about the preparation that went into this book.

“I’ve been thinking about writing this book for a very long time. At least eight years I would say, you know,” Hoey said. “It was hard because I was attempting to write between clients at first and it’s a very busy practice. Then I just decided to close the office and take a sabbatical to write.”

Like most people when writing, Hoey said the book started out as a way to just get the stories out, but knew she wanted the book to inspire people. She said a lot of people find themselves in the same situations over and over again but do not understand why or see how they can get past it.

This book was written to inspire and give people the hope they may need in order to see there are always options.

Although faith is a major part of the book, Hoey stresses it does not matter what exactly the reader follows.

“I wanted to make it clear it’s not about religion necessarily, but rather about faith and whether someone believes in it,” Hoey said.

I know some of you are probably thinking, “this book probably has nothing to offer me because I am only in my twenties,” and to those people I say false!

Hoey’s goal was to reach anybody that felt as though he or she is stuck in life. She explains that at some point in life everyone will feel helpless and as though he or she cannot find a way out of a rut.

As college students we can definitely relate to feeling as though things will never get better. These four years at the university not only gives us an education but also give us plenty of life experience.

We are subjected to a bunch of different people and different situations, and forced to figure out the best way to deal with each situation thrown our way.

This idea is what Hoey’s book touches upon. Like in any situation sometimes we can only overcome obstacles when we stop trying to force things, take a step back, and look to outside sources for help.

When asked what advice she would give her college-self, Hoey responded by saying, “Listen to your heart and watch for the guidance. Definitely take chances and do not do what other people think you should.”

With societal expectations increasing as we get older it is good to remind yourself sometimes that life just happens and, in those moments, you have to just go with the flow and know everything happens for a reason.

Professor’s Book Offers Advice on Avoiding Workplace Discrimination

by The Charger Bulletin | March 27, 2013



A new book by David Robinson, a practitioner-in-residence in the College of Business and a labor lawyer, offers both managers and employees practical advice on avoiding discrimination lawsuits.

Professor David Robinson and his new publication. Photo by UNH Today

The book, Some Tips to Prevent Employment Discrimination Lawsuits: A Faith-Based Legal Guide for Managers, discusses the common types of discrimination in the workplace and offers advice to both the employer and the employee on how to avoid them.

The book uses religious sources to explain why discrimination is wrong. “The book shows how following religious and legal principles will help employers prevent discrimination in the workplace and reduce their exposure to employee lawsuits,” said Robinson, who practices law in the New Haven area and teaches management and labor law courses.

It also offers employees a way to determine whether or not their problems at work result from discrimination by their employer or from their own shortcomings. And that is important, Robinson says, because many employees who sue – rightly or wrongly – end up in a worse financial position than they were before the lawsuit was filed.

“Many of these people end up having trouble landing new jobs,” Robinson says. “Many employers don’t want to hire employees who have filed lawsuits. The employers don’t want to be next.”

Robinson took the faith-based route because he knew that readers might be bored with a recitation of the law. So he decided to incorporate quotations – and found many appropriate ones in the Bible. “I make the case that if an employer follows the Bible, he will also follow the law,” he says. “The laws against discrimination are based on biblical principles, and when both employers and employees follow these principles, discrimination in the workplace will be prevented.”

Topics covered by the book include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion and other topics. There is also information on preventing discriminatory language and tips on how to reduce damages and attorney fees.

“Discrimination is illegal, immoral and abusive and should end,” Robinson says. “The most important color in the workplace is not black or white. It is green. ‘Green’ can mean money, or it can mean environmentally friendly. Either way, ‘green’ is the most important color in the workplace. Your decisions should be based on the economic, and hopefully also the ecological, bottom line, not on an employee’s skin color, gender, age, ethnicity, or other discriminatory category.”


Season 3 is Coming

by Cameron Hines | March 27, 2013

This Sunday cannot come soon enough. I’m not referring to the multitude of Easter Egg hunts I’ll be going on, I’m talking about the return of HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones. For those who don’t know what Game of Thrones is, first off hit yourself. Then, proceed to watch all of the episodes.

AP Photo

The show, which is based off of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice, follows seven feuding families all clamoring for power over the mythical land of Westeros. Each episode constantly weaves between each family as their paths cross, often in violent ways.

What makes the show great is the moral ambiguity of (most) the characters in show. Though there are innumerable characters on the show to keep track of, there are none that you truly trust. You care about all of their fates, but with all of the drama, betrayals, and violence, no character is ever purely good. Though, there are those who are purely evil. The show is essentially a soap opera for men.

The show is brought to life by it’s extremely talented cast: Mark Addy plays King Robert, Sean Bean is the Loyal Eddard Stark, and Lena Headey as the temptress Cersei. But the real powerhouse of the show is Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, who is certainly the smartest and most devious character on the show.

The show also features giant wolves, brutal violence, magic, and excessive female nudity: all the key ingredients to making a successful show that appeals to men, though it is certainly not exclusive to the male population. And what sets the show from becoming just a shallow gore-fest is the complexity of the characters and the constant ethical dilemma: who can truly be the ruler of Westeros?

Fans have been eagerly awaiting Season 3 for over 10 months, and it’s hard to believe it’s almost here.



Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | March 6, 2013

Laws Of Depravity By Eriq La Salle

Recommended For: Not Recommended

When I received this book for Christmas, I was excited. Although it is fiction, I decided to give it a fair chance. Maybe it could almost be as good as the nonfiction true crime books I usually read. I was very disappointed as I forced myself to get through 30 pages. While I have never seen Eriq La Salle on his show ER, I strongly recommend that he sticks to that instead of writing.

The crazy scenes involve rapist priests, prostitution and other terrible things. However, worse things have happened in real life so that was not the part that bothered me. This book lacks any form of interesting words. The scenarios are described lackluster. There is no action or skill. I could write better than this guy. “As she jogged through the city, she took in every detail. Old buildings, new buildings, cars, trees, squirrels, birds, nothing was overlooked. Since she had left her watch on her nightstand, she had no idea what time it was…” (Page 8). How boring is that?

Describe these buildings. There are many places that have buildings, birds, and trees. I have absolutely no sense of the setting after reading these passages.

My version: She was so swept up in her daily run around the old rustic town that she almost ran right into the handsome man checking the time under the clock tower. She rolled her eyes as she passed him. What was the point of going for a jog if time was a factor? The whole point was to forget all of your worries, after all.

Doesn’t that passage that I just wrote in less than five minutes give such a better description than the one quoted above? Now you know the town is old and rustic. You know that she does not care what time it is, but in a less straight-forward boring way. I am not claiming to be a great author, but I don’t think that La Salle’s book is worth the money.


Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | February 27, 2013

Helter Skelter,  by Vincent Bugliosi

Recommended For: People fascinated with Manson, pre-law students, true crime enthusiasts.

Nobody could have been prepared for having the burden of proving Charles Manson’s guilt. After all, he never stepped foot on either of the major crime scenes. However, Bugliosi does a great job of getting him locked up forever, and is also definitely the man to explain the craziness of the case. This book goes through the series of events, personal conversations with the Family, and even the ridiculous motives behind the horribleness.

The reason that I did not give it five full stars had less to do with the content and more with the depth. Sometimes the book did seem to be never-ending, as it went over every detail of courtroom manner. In the end though, all the details were relevant and necessary to fully understanding the insanity of the Family members. Finishing this book was like conquering a huge mountain, but I am very happy that I did so. It was well worth the time and effort.

Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | February 20, 2013

Profiling, by David Owen

Profiling by David Owen


Recommended For: Psychology majors (forensics and others), anyone that is interested in crime solving.

This book includes manila folder-looking pages and tons of pictures, so the readers feel like they are looking through police files. This may be the coolest textbook-like read ever. While some classics like Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer are covered, there were also hundreds of murderers I had never heard of. Also, plenty of women were included! Profiling is guaranteed to take even the quickest readers a while to thumb through. While it is very interesting, there is a ton of content. The killers are divided into categories by their signatures: organized v. disorganized, commuters v. marauders, power, anger and retaliation. The 11 chapters, not including an introduction, explain what profilers do and how profiling works. It is worth the time to sift through the entire thing. Everyone can certainly learn a lot of information from this book.

Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | February 14, 2013

I, Monster by Tom Philbin

Recommended For: Psychology majors, forensics majors, criminal justice majors, professionals in those fields, and anyone who likes horror movies or thriller books.

This book is different from all of the other crime books out there, because it tells the serial killers’ sides of the stories. Notebooks, interviews, pictures and letters are included with the biography of each criminal. This allows the reader to see what the criminals have to say about themselves, both before their arrests and during their interrogations.

The author definitely did his research! There are twenty chapters, each covering a separate murderer. Some famous murderers mentioned include H. H. Holmes, Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, Gary Ridgeway, Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer. This book helps to understand why people do these terrible things.

While any other book can tell readers the who, what, when, where and how, this book is one of the few that tell the why. The reasons range from the force of the devil, hatred of women, power, and bad childhoods to just for fun. The chilling words make unimaginable crimes incredibly real. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can handle it.



Fifty Shades of Scandalous

by Jessica Pena | September 26, 2012

Okay, I got a story to share with all of you. So gather around, because it’s story time. Everybody loves a good story consisting of romance, bromance, fights, cars, humor and food. I can’t forget about the food. So, here it goes.

Whether or not it started in a car or in a house, it took place at the Cape. Well, in Cape Cod, Mass., to be exact. This summer, a few of my friends and I went to the Cape, and we had story time. However, we didn’t just read any story, we read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Those of you know the book understand the deal—no pun intended. Those who don’t, then you’re in for a real sweet psychological ride. Literally.

A short background on E.L James’s novel begins as “girl meets guy.” Guy asks her out, girl says ‘yes’ to a few more dates (just one), and finds out his deepest psychologically-twisted sexual needs. Yup! That’s love for you. Crazy right? Oh, and best part about this novel: it’s based off of a Twilight fan-fiction. Shut the front door, I know.

When reading this book to my friends, the first thing that popped into my head was that I was actually reading this book to them. Fifty Shades of Grey is not a book to be reading to anyone, especially in public, which we did.

More on the book, it’s also a book that talks about BDSM, which you can probably figure out what it means. You guys have a computer, do the research. If so, type in “SNL 50 Shades of Grey” on, or “Jimmy Fallon 50 Shades of Grey Karaoke,” etc.

When reading the book, I didn’t get what was so scandalous about it. I mean they’re people who are into that stuff in real life, so I really didn’t get it. This wasn’t until I had a conversation with my sweet innocent little sister who heard about the book and read it.

We started talking about how the fact that someone actually took the time to do this certain type of research and make it into a public book astounded us. I mean, it’s not something you read on a daily basis, like your typical Jodi Picoult or Nicolas Sparks novels. Fifty Shades of Grey is something.

Now, the book has become so popular that a movie will be soon made. Fans have listed the names of many actors and actresses whom they wish to see play entrepreneur Christian Grey, and college grad Anastasia “Ana” Steele.

Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and even Robert Pattinson have been the favorites to play Grey. While the favorites for Steele has been Lucy Hale, Alexis Bledel, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Watson.

Producers of The Social Network, Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, have been signed on to produce the movie. But only time will tell if the book-turned-movie will succeed or flop like its fan-fiction inspiration.


Superman, Wonder Woman Lock Lips as a Power Couple

by The Associated Press | August 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wonder Woman and Superman are an item, locking lips in a passionate embrace as the pair realize that there’s no one out there like them.

Superman and Wonder Woman kissing in “Justice League” No. 12.

The couple’s kiss is the culmination of a dramatic story in “Justice League” No. 12, which marks the first full year since DC relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories, new costumes and revised origins.

DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who has drawn each issue of “Justice League” since its debut, called the canoodling in Wednesday’s issue not a stunt or an alternate reality smooch.

“This has been in the works for some time and we certainly wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on without there being great creative benefit to the liaison,” he said in an email. “Beyond the joy

and sorrows of new love, there are potentially huge ramifications and dramatic ways this single relationship between these iconic characters will change the entire political and interpersonal landscape of the DC Universe.”

The characters have long formed, with Batman, the triumvirate of DC Entertainment’s heroes and are among the most powerful and best-known.

In the 1980s, the pair had a brief fling but Superman went on to marry Lois Lane. They also kissed in Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Strikes Again” a decade ago. In a 2006 epilogue to 1996′s “Kingdom Come,” the couple asks Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, to stand as godfather to their unborn child.

Since DC relaunched its characters and universe nearly a year ago, some of the origins have changed — Wonder Woman is now the daughter of Zeus — and the costumes have, too.

One aspect that did not survive the relaunch: Lois Lane’s role as Superman’s love. She’s still around, but the two have never dated, nor are they likely to.

Geoff Johns, who writes “Justice League” is laying out a story that looks not only at the couple but the effects on others, too, Lee said.

“The way Geoff unfolds the story and the implications of two of the most powerful characters in the DCU becoming a team is something that goes beyond the question of ‘What about Lois and Clark?’” Lee said.

“This is a statement to every nation and geopolitical organization in the entire DC Universe giving creative teams ample material to explore this relationship on so many different levels.”


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