Alumni Career Profiles
A Point Park Education Translates into Real-World Success
In the profiles featured below, meet undergraduate and graduate alumni who attribute their career success to the education they received at Point Park University. These alumni discuss how their real-world experiences at Point Park helped them to reach their career goals.
B.A. in Dance, 2015
Backup Dancer, Lady Gaga
"My experience at Point Park shaped me into not only the dancer I am, but also the person I am ... The Super Bowl Halftime Show and the Joanne World Tour were my first two professional dance jobs, so I had a lot to learn."
B.A. in Broadcast Reporting
"Experience is incredibly important if you want to work in this field. Not only will Point Park give you experience if you seek it out, but it will provide you with mentors and professionals who are actively working in the industry and know what it takes to succeed. Learn from everything you do, learn as much as possible, even if you don't think you'll benefit from it, and don't waste your failures."
B.A. in Broadcast Reporting
TribLIVE High School Sports Network
"If you know this is the field you want for a career, Point Park’s School of Communication is the best place to spend your four years earning your degree. You’ll be able to make the most of the four years having fun and learning a lot. In my situation and many other peers, we had work waiting for us by the time we graduated because of how well Point Park prepared us."
B.S. in Business Management, 2016
Embedded Control Analyst, BNY Mellon
"The majority of Point Park’s professors have worked in the professions they are teaching. Therefore, it was encouraging to know that their knowledge was coming from their first-hand experiences."
B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising, 2016 and 2007
Havas PR Pittsburgh
Mano and Simon are colleagues at one of the world's largest global communications groups. Mano is an assistant account executive and Simon is an account supervisor at Havas PR Pittsburgh.
B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2004
Latin American Crosschecker, Washington Nationals
"I was part of the first SAEM graduating class during which I completed an internship in baseball operations at the big league level with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This experience gave me a lot of insight, and helped me decide which career path to pursue."
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, 2011
Artistic Producing Director, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
"Point Park taught me to take every opportunity presented to me, and that is exactly what I've done since graduating. I feel very blessed to be able to make a living in the theatre, and I owe Point Park for supplying me with the tools and work ethic to do so."
B.A. in Global Cultural Studies, 2012
Kindergarten ESL Teacher in Vietnam, APAX English
"The global cultural studies program is unique because you touch on topics that you otherwise would not encounter in a traditional educational setting and really dig deep to critically think on those subjects. I can’t imagine anyone who takes a single GCS class leaves without having their world view shifted in some way."
B.F.A. in Dance, 2010
CATS on Broadway
"I am so lucky to have had the foundation of Point Park's dance training. It has allowed me to thrive in so many areas of the arts industry and continues to keep me relevant as a performer."
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2010
B.S. in Law Enforcement, 2007
Police Chief, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
"I chose Point Park for both degrees because I loved the convenience of being Downtown, going to class on Saturdays and the structure of the programs. The University just had so much to offer and everyone at Point Park went out of their way to help me. Also, to watch how the University was growing was pretty cool."
B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2015
Marketing Planning Specialist, Dick's Sporting Goods
"Point Park has truly helped me get where I am today. All the connections and experiences I made while in school helped me achieve and excel in my career at Dick's Sporting Goods - and I've just started. The professors at Point Park have so many connections in the industry. They really help you gain real-world experience."
MBA with a concentration in global management/international business, 2018
Executive Director, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation
"My MBA classes have helped me to better advise entrepreneurs at the PHDC business incubator in the areas of business development, economics, marketing, finance, cross-cultural business and accounting."
B.S. in Public Administration, 2016
Fire Risk Reduction Coordinator, Cranberry Township
"All my courses at Point Park were fully online. I enjoyed this, but it required strong commitment and self-motivation! Some of my favorite classes were those taught by Dr. Skertich, who used video-based lectures to supplement the course work. I found this to be extremely helpful. Many of my professors were leaders in the public safety field and brought a wealth of knowledge to the virtual classroom."
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, 2016
Swing, Miss Saigon on Broadway
"The training in Hong Kong is very limited, so I came into the musical theatre program constantly doubting myself. All of the classes at Point Park gave me a solid foundation for technique (especially acting), and built my confidence up so I started to feel like I could be competitive in this field after graduation."
B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2014
Facility Security Officer, Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University
"The intelligence and national security courses introduced me to the various elements of the intelligence and defense communities that you need to be familiar with in this type of work. Identifying threats and security vulnerabilities is an essential skill and many of my classes in intel helped me to develop the critical thinking skills needed to do that."
B.A. in Broadcast Reporting, 2015
Anchor/Reporter, 21 WFMJ
"I felt extremely prepared at my first job interview. Thanks to my education at Point Park University, I was able to capitalize on the skills I learned throughout my four years. I knew how to shoot and edit video, I developed strong on-camera skills through my classes, I understood how all departments of a newsroom worked and I completed two news internships."
B.A. in Musical Theatre, 2012
"Gina" and "Indigo," Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR on Broadway
"I loved that I could make my education what I wanted it to be. Point Park's curriculum gives you choices on shaping your education. Additionally, I had incredible teachers who taught me the skills I needed to thrive in New York, and they also gave me pearls of wisdom that I carry with me daily."
B.A. in Photojournalism, 2007
Associate Photo Editor, National Geographic
"If I didn't go to Point Park, then I can honestly say that I wouldn't be in the job I am now. It was the starting point to an incredible journey. Everyday I'm looking at images that come in from all around the world ... Seeing a variety of interesting work inspires me and ignites my creativity."
M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Playwriting, 2016
Executive Director, Academy Theatre
"I fully believe that joining the M.F.A. program was the best thing I have ever done, it has opened doors for me that I thought would always be closed. I have met amazing writers, made wonderful connections and lifelong friends. The experience, at times, may have been challenging, but I survived and it was well worth it."
M.A. in Communication Technology, 2015
Member Services Specialist, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
"My professional experience, paired with the critical thinking and technical skills that I developed at Point Park, allowed me to take control of my future and seek a job that would allow me to manage marketing and digital communications in a larger capacity. My degree really supported and developed my skill sets in social media, digital marketing, design and photography."
B.A. in English, 2005
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2013
Clinical Outpatient Supervisor, Pittsburgh Mercy
"My undergraduate degree in English has allowed my business communications to flourish and given me an edge in writing reports and medical records … My graduate degree in criminal justice administration has helped me understand human services administration and study in depth about the criminalization of mental illness, which happens a lot due to a myriad of circumstances."
B.A. dual certification in Secondary Education English and Special Education, 2014
English/Special Education Teacher, Moon Area High School
"Point Park set me up for success in the real world. Other universities just hand students a book saying, "Okay, now answer the questions and take the test." That's not how adults learn. What makes Point Park's education department unique is that the professors deliver the content and then help the students determine what they need to know."
B.S. in Business Management, 2013
MBA in Global Management and Administration, 2015
Market Developer, Think Tank Co., Saudi Arabia
"My business management and MBA in global administration and management degrees taught me how to analyze businesses and markets and how to study the indirect effect economics, politics and global conditions can have on organizations. The vast amount of research I conducted for different courses at Point Park have helped me a lot in my current role. Point Park's professors really teach students how to apply what they learn in school into the real world."
B.A. in Broadcasting, 2010
Promotions Manager, CBS Radio, Pittsburgh
"The education and training I received at Point Park is really the reason I was able to get a job in my field so soon after college. I had many skills that a lot of the competition did not ... Since I was able to begin my broadcasting and radio classes as a first-year student, I also had quite the jump start on my abilities, and felt it was really impactful that a lot of my classes were actually held IN the student-run radio station."
B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology, 2015
Engineering Technician, Murray Associates, Inc.
"I might not be in my current position if I had not made strong connections with my classmates and my advisor. They knew that I was a hard worker and a determined person so they were ready to recommend me when employers came looking for job candidates."
B.S. in Information Technology, 2015
Compliance Analyst, ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange
"I also loved Point Park's location, the Saturday class schedule for working adults and the type of classes offered in the IT program … I was extremely lucky to have Chris Carmody as one of my professors at Point Park. He was an amazing instructor."
B.A. in Broadcasting, 2013
TV Host, Pittsburgh Penguins
"I loved every single one of my professors in the School of Communication at Point Park. I learned so much from them. They made me want to learn, always gave me great feedback and helped me land all of my internships.
B.A. in Elementary Education, 2010
Literacy Intervention/Science Teacher, D.C. Preparatory Academy
"My teaching career has been fast tracked largely because of the quality of the education program at Point Park University … Not many people can hit the ground running on their first day in the real world. Point Park made sure I was ready to do so."
MBA with a concentration in management, 2012
Credit Analyst, Koppers, Inc.
"My MBA degree has made a positive difference in my career and really helped me mature. At times, having an advanced degree can be worth more than experience. It may take time but getting your education does pay off."
B.S. in Public Administration, 2014
Township Manager, Township of Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pa.
"My B.S. degree played a significant role in me being selected as the manager of Elizabeth Township. My role requires leadership, excellent decision making skills and financial accountability. When you see an applicant who has a degree from Point Park, you know right away they possess these high caliber skills and will lead your organization to new heights."
B.A. in Broadcasting and Broadcast Production
and Media Management, 2012
Assistant Director of Athletic Video Productions, Baylor University
"I attended a high school journalism workshop at Point Park when I was a junior in high school. I really enjoyed the student-to-faculty connection. I never felt like a number in the broadcasting program. All of my professors wanted to see me excel at the next level. It was enriching that I was able to start taking classes in my major when I was a freshman; that was a big selling point to pursue my degree at Point Park."
B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management, 2012
Special Events Catering Manager, Portland'5 Center for the Arts
"Take advantage of being a student. This is the foundation of your future and the SAEM program is a really great way to begin your career. The faculty and staff are very connected within their fields and are so willing to help every student get off to a good start, and that's what makes the program so unique!"
B.A. in Cinema Arts, 2009
Production Manager, Nancy Glass Productions
"The education and training I received at Point Park prepared me for the first few steps into the business. We were encouraged to assist upperclassmen and our professors on their projects/films. It was nice to get a taste of what it was like to be on a real set, and it was very beneficial to work side-by-side with our professors in the field."
M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2013
Owner, 52nd Street Market and Production Analyst, Highmark
"A concept in the M.A. program that really resonated with me was the importance of having a vision. Learning about amazing women leaders and understanding their visions and how they were able to attain success certainly had an effect on my life."
B.F.A. in Theatre Arts, 2012
Stage Manager, North Carolina Dance Theatre
"The Conservatory of Performing Arts program provides hands-on experience while working with [industry] professionals. There are three student companies of diverse theatrical genres, on top of a professional company, The REP, under the Actor's Equity Association."
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2008
Senior Digital Marketing Strategist, Highmark, Inc.
"In today's competitive work environment, it is critical to have an advanced degree. Point Park offered a reputable and flexible way to earn my M.A. and help me grow personally and professionally … The curriculum is rooted in the fundamentals, but does not ignore the changing landscape. As a student you are taught the core principles required by a communications professional, but also exposed to new channels and the best practices in those areas."
B.A. in English, 2007
Attorney, Sergovic, Carmean & Weidman, P.A.
"Point Park gave me a solid foundation to build upon when I went to law school. I learned how to develop a study schedule and stick to it, which was invaluable later on. The rigor of the Honors Program in particular prepared me for law school, and for the commitment to academics necessary to be successful in my field."
M.S. in Engineering Management, 2010
Customer Operations Engineer, BodyMedia, Inc.
"Point Park had an affordable tuition program and the Master of Science in Engineering Management program had all the classes I was interested in and more. I also had the chance to take some MBA classes as well … Also, Point Park welcomed international students, therefore, I knew that the University had a multicultural student and faculty body. It was good to not feel alone and know that other people were having similar experiences as me."
M.S. in Environmental Studies, 2012
Staff Environmental Specialist, Enercon Services, Inc.
"The M.S. degree has helped me learn about the regulations and key problems that are hot topics in the environmental field. Having this knowledge really gave me a step ahead of many by just having a general knowledge of the regulations."
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2009
Anchor/Reporter, KOBI TV
"I chose to pursue my Master of Arts degree at Point Park because the program has a strong reputation for developing a solid journalist. I also chose Point Park because the program allowed me to work and continue my education at the same time … Make yourself known to the entire campus community and talk with your professors. When you need story ideas, have concerns, or need help, those contacts will come in handy."