Preparing for your JOB INTERVIEW

Nan Quinlan is a Senior Career Consultant at Transition Solutions. 

Nan helps job seekers get new jobs, how to protect and build an effective PERSONAL BRAND and

best practices for creating an effective resume and job interviewing skills and strategy.

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Nan visited our class today to inform students about best practices for a successful job interview followed by student role plays at a job interview.

Jessica Baquiax Bulus was the student class host today welcoming our guest, Nan Quinlan, to Central High School and our class.  Great job, Jessica.

Following Jessica’s introduction, each student approaches Nan to welcome her to our class with good eye contact, a friendly smile, a welcoming greeting and a firm handshake.  John Cuevas leads the class in a welcome.   Nan’s response after the class –   “an impressive group“.

Nan opens the class with a presentation on an effective strategy for a successful job interview. “Do your research on the country you’re apply to for a job.  Be prepared to ask a question about the company during your interview;  this will impress your interviewer you did your research and came prepared for the interview.   Ask people in your network if they know anyone who works there and ask  –  ‘what is it like to work there?’.  Make sure you know the job description of the job you’re applying for.  And, end the interview with a ‘thank you’ for the opportunity to apply”.


Liz Acevedo PImentel, a rising junior at Central High, volunteers to be a job applicant during the role playing exercise. Liz begins by introducing herself to the ‘company receptionist‘ and informs the receptionist she is ‘here for a scheduled interview with Nan‘.  Liz presented so well that all agreed she would be hired on the spot!   Great job Liz.

Liz responds to a question from Nan during the role play.  Impressive presentation of a PERSONAL BRAND by Liz.

Cam Davis follows Liz for the second job interview role play. Photo about shows Cam introducing himself to the company receptionist.



Cam’s presentation of his BRAND during the interview was exceptional.

Damian Cruzado was the 3rd person to volunteer for the role playing.


Damian presented himself humbly as a ‘multi-talented employee at the company he presently works at doing a number of jobs to help his company serve their customers‘. Impressive interview, Damian!

Nan agreed to return to our class for additional job interview role playing later this year.   Thank you, Nan.

Cosmetics Career / Jobs Interview

Today’s class took place because of Linda Lanuza Climaco‘s exceptional personal BRAND and her growing NETWORK of successful, influential people who want to help her with her growing interest in Cosmetics.

Linda (center) welcomes Tito Suarez (left) and Lydia Watkins to today’s class.

Linda introduces Tito and Lydia to her classmates to start today’s class.

Brayan Rodas Ibanez welcomes Lydia and Tito to class with perfect greeting skills – good eye contact, a smile, firm handshake, and a friendly greeting

More students welcome Lydia and Tito to today’s class following Linda’s introduction.


Lydia and Tito begin to share their personal stories about their career paths in the cosmetics / beauty industries from the building of their important “connections” (network) who helped them get their initial jobs in the industry and at Sephora to their future career plans with their own line of cosmetics to a possible beauty salon next to Louis Vuitton on the Champs Elysee in Paris.

Linda exchanges her business card with Tito and continues her inquiry about her passion, cosmetics. Good job, Linda!   Daillany Castro does the same with Lydia in the background.

Donnell Lange, a master networker, follows up with Lydia after the class.


Machine Languages and TODAY’S and FUTURE Jobs

Autonomous (self driving) carsFlying taxisRobot Maids and House KeepersVirtual Disney vacations.   Space ships to Mars.   TikTok, Instagram and other social media sites.  The Central High School elevator.  And, the apps on your mobile phone.

It’s the languages of machines that runs them all.

Katarína Lukácsy  

is a Senior Engineering Manager at Atlassian, an Australian software company that develops products for software developers, project managers and other software development teams with 8,813 employees in 13 countries all over the world.

Katarina and her team write the languages of the machines running your flying car, your mobile phone and so much more!

Katarina began the class by sharing her personal story from its beginning in the European country Slovakia to her career as a software engineer for an Australian company working from her home in Rhode Island.

Central High School senior Dinorah de la Cerda Cordon welcomes Katarina Lukacsy to the Life Skills class and exchanges business cards with her.   Dinorah has now added Katarina to her growing network of successful, influential, ethical, caring people.

Dinorah leads Katarina into our classroom to her awaiting classmates.

Dinorah introduces Katarina as her classmates stand to show their respect.

Following Dinorah’s introduction, each student welcomes Katarina to their class and thanks her for taking time out of her day to share her story.  Brayan Rodas Ibanez introduces himself and thanks Katarina for coming with good eye contact, a friendly smile and a confident hand shake.  Good job, Brayan.

Jose Rivera Rodriguez welcomes Katarina to class as Walvyn de Pena Reinoso waits to do the same.

Katarina presents a world map to show the location of her native country, Slovakia, and the location of her company in Australia to emphasize the opportunities for skilled people in today’s global economy.

Following a series of introductory questions, Katarina rewards students for their insightful responses. Liz Acededo Pimentel accepts the reward.

Katarina begins her personal story and description of the career opportunities and compensation (income) for a software engineer / computer programmer.

Katarina shows the code written in collaboration by the class and input by Liz Acevedo Pimentel.


The Power of the Brand and the Influential Network It Creates

Adriana Dawson  –   a first-generation professional.  An influential, successful Latina.   A mentor.   A Director at an American multi-national, multi-billion dollar, telecommunications company. “I’m in the business of people.   Some of my earliest memories involve acting as a translator for my family and being sourced as a navigator for other newly arrived Spanish-speaking families. I quickly learned the power of community, activating as a connector, and using my voice to assist others. As an adult, I chose to leverage these formative experiences + my skills to continue the work on a larger scale to support greater societal impact and access…… I help co-create solutions, elevate voices and lift citizen design spaces that help inform corporate change-makers of unmet needs and business opportunities. My deep multi-sector experience and cultural fluency/insights enable me to broaden and accelerate outcomes.”

Adriana shared her inspiring story with our Central High School students today.   From overcoming an early mistake to a career of setting goals, working hard and never giving up to develop a respected BRAND and building a DIVERSE NETWORK of successful, influential people who guided her along the way.

Adriana Dawson –  Verizon’s Community Engagement Director for
the Eastern Region of the United States.

Jessica Baquiax Bulux welcomes Adriana to Central High School and her Life Skills class.

Jessica leads Adriana into our classroom to introduce her to her awaiting classmates.

Jessica introduces Adriana to her classmates. “Impressive introduction, Jessica. Well done.”

Donnell Lange leads his classmates to welcome Adriana to today’s class with eye contact, a friendly smile, firm handshake and a welcoming, sincere greeting as John Cuevas waits to do the same.

Adriana begins the class by sharing her story.

Donnell asks the first question to Adriana

While Cam Davis follows with his questions and interesting comments.

The class with an opportunity for all to network with Adriana. Angelica Delgadillo Guzman exchanges business cards with Adriana while Walvyn DePena Reinoso waits to the do the same.

John Cuevas thanks Adriana for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit our class.  Great job, John!  Confident eye contact, professional handshake and a sincere smile that welcomed Adriana to our class.

Jose Rivera Rodriguez thanks Adriana and exchanges his business card for Adriana’s business card.  Great job, Jose! Impresionante.








A Story of Courage and Perseverance

Claudia Cardozo, Latina Immigrant, entrepreneur, consultant, author, mentor, and mother of a young professional.

Claudia advocates for self-acceptance and self-love. Having experienced abuse and neglect during her childhood and lived in a low-income boarding school, she grew up with a tendency towards self-criticism and workaholism. Now, she helps others develop a healthier internal dialogue, leveraging the wisdom of lived experiences to shape a better life. She encourages young people to critically question their thoughts and not blindly accept everything, recognizing that our thoughts are influenced by our environment and conditioning. By cultivating a GROWTH MINDSET, we can manifest the lives we truly want. More about Claudia’s journey at

WHAT IS A GROWTH MINDSET –   A growth mindset is the acknowledgement that you most certainly have abilities and intelligence AND they can be developed and improved over time through hard work, continuous learning, and perseverance (grit).

Claudia Cardozo, Inmigrante Latina, empresaria, consultora, autora, mentora y madre de una joven profesional.
Claudia aboga por la aceptación y el amor propio. Habiendo experimentado abuso y negligencia durante su infancia, y vivido en un internado para jovenes de bajos recursos, crecio con un tendencia a la autocrítica y el trabajo excesivo. Ahora, ayuda a otros a desarrollar un diálogo interno más saludable, aprovechando la sabiduría de experiencias vividas para moldear  una mejor vida. Claudia anima a los jóvenes a cuestionar sus pensamientos y no creer ciegamente en todo, ya que estos están influenciados por nuestro entorno y condicionamiento. Al cultivar una mentalidad más saludable, podemos manifestar la vida que realmente deseamos. Más sobre Claudia en la página:
¿QUÉ ES UNA MENTALIDAD DE CRECIMIENTO? Una mentalidad de crecimiento es el reconocimiento de que ciertamente tienes habilidades e inteligencia Y que se pueden desarrollar y mejorar con el tiempo a través del trabajo duro, el aprendizaje continuo y la perseverancia (valor).


Liz Acevedo Pimentel (right), aspiring interior designer and businesswoman, acts as class host introducing herself to guest Claudia Cardozo and to her Central High life skills class.  Notice Claudia is sharing her business card information with Liz after Liz gave Claudia her business card.

Liz accompanies Claudia into the Life Skills classroom

Liz introduces Claudia to her classmates to open today’s class. Notice how Liz’s classmates stand showing their respect to Claudia.

Walvyn De Pena Reinoso welcomes Claudia to Central High school with good eye contact, a smile and a professional handshake.   Walvyn De Peña Reinoso le da la bienvenida a Claudia a Central High School con buen contacto visual, una sonrisa y un apretón de manos profesional.

Claudia shares her inspiring personal story with students from an orphan in Colombia to a successful American business woman.

Alex DeJesus practices perfect personal brand development and networking skills with Claudia after class.


Young Entrepreneurs

Class Host, Central High School senior Dinorah Valentina de la Cerda (left), introduces herself to guest entrepreneur Zainabou Thiam and welcomes her to Central High School

Anthony Wilds and Zainabou Thiam. High School seniors. Risk taking entrepreneurs.  Hard workers. Time managers. Curious – no fear to ask questions. Business owners.  College bound.  Owners of impressive PERSONAL BRANDS and master NETWORKERS. Their message to our Central High School students –you can be successful. There is no secret sauce for success.  We’re doing what all successful people have done to become the successful person we want to be”.

Hope High School sophomore class host, Donnell Lange (right), introduces himself to guest entrepreneur Anthony Wilds and welcomes Anthony to Central High School.

Valentina introduces Zainabou to her Central High classmates to start today’s class.

Donnell introduces Anthony to his classmates to start today’s class.

Following Valentina’s and Donnell’s introduction of our guest entrepreneurs, Jessica Baquiax leads her classmates to welcome Zainabou and Anthony

Zainabou and Anthony begin to share their stories before answering questions from the class.

Liz Acevedo Pimental stands to show respect to our guests and then, with great eye contact, asks Anthony and Zainabou about their money management plans

NETWORKING TIME – Kapinga Kapanda introduces herself to Zainabou during the networking opportunity at the end of class and asks her questions about starting a business





Marta Aparicio Celebration and Networking Day

The Social Studies 2.0  – Life Skills class begins with student hosts welcoming and introducing today’s guests to the Central High School class:  Central High School Senior Alonnie Stoval introduces Marta Aparicio, former student of Mr Cronin’s Life Skills class at Hope High School and now United States of America State Department Diplomat serving in the United States Embassy in the Central American country of Honduras and previously in the United States Embassy of the Asian country of Laos.   Central High School senior, Chris Feliz, is poised to introduce Providence Mayor Brett Smiley to the class.

Central High School sophomore, Henry Pardo, introduces former United States Congressman NOW President of the Rhode Island Foundation, David Cicilline, to the class audience.

Social Studies 2.0 – A Life Skills program teacher, Stephen Cronin, opens the day’s class by reminiscing about his former student, Marta Aparicio‘s, numerous accomplishments:  her emigration to the United States as a 12 year old from the central American country of Guatemala, valedictorian of her 2010 Hope High School class, her full scholarship and her 3.45 GPA double major graduation from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, her acceptance into the United States Diplomatic Corps and the fact Marta Aparicio remains a hard working, principled, kind, and dedicated person.

Mayor Smiley congratulates Marta on her significant accomplishments while acknowledging her willingness to help others especially those whose journey is similar to her own, and closes by expressing his appreciation for representing the City of Providence as the person she is.

Rhode Island Foundation President, David Cicilline, reminisces when he recognized Marta’s significant high school accomplishments at the 2010 Rhode Island Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Banquet and her internship in his Congressional Office while Marta was a student at Georgetown University.

After sharing her personal story from her Guatemalan immigration to serving in the United States State Department as a United States Diplomat, Marta Aparicio answers questions from the Central High School students.


Estiben Calderon, Brianna Albizures Arevalo, and Reggie Castro network with Marta over lunch

Jobs & Career Day: Fidelity Investments

Today’s visit was to the sprawling, Smithfield, Rhode Island campus of the Fidelity Investment company, an international financial services company. The company was established in 1946.  As of December 2022,

the investments Fidelity manages for its clients has a combined value of
$10.3 trillion.

Fidelity operates a brokerage firm, manages many large mutual funds, provides investment advice to their clients as well as retirement services, index funds, wealth management, securities execution and clearance, asset custody, and life insurance.

The mission of today’s class was to provide

information on a variety of career options

working in a large, international, financial services company as well as an opportunity for students to practice specific like skills like

personal brand development, pushing out of comfort zones to
build networks of successful, influential people, storytelling, questioning, listening and observation,
meet & greet techniques.

Travis Escobar, Community Relations Manager at Fidelity Investments, welcomes the Central High School students outside of one of the main buildings (900 Salem) on the Fidelity campus

Students showed their IDs, registered and given identification badges at the front desk of the Fidelity building.  Security was organized and emphasized.

Chevalee Graham takes the initiative introducing herself to Mr Escobar and extending her business card to him.   Great networking, Chevalee!

Suffolk University Testimonials

Undergraduate Student Comments from
Stephen Cronin’s “Personal Branding and Networking”  presentation to
3 different classes at
Suffolk University in Boston, MA
on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Zenas Kennedy: Pleasure as well meeting you yesterday, it never seems to amaze me how small our world is sometimes! I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday, thank you again!


Good afternoon. My name is Audrey Weenas and I’m a student from the Globalization class taught by Professor Huemme. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your presentation on success the other day! It was interesting to hear your stories, especially your student’s success stories. I wanted to let you know after class the other day but I had somewhere to go to. Thank you, Audrey Weenas


Anton Verscheure     (He/Him) 1:18 PM     –    Hello Mr. Cronin, I really enjoyed your talk on Monday. I have always struggled to find or tell my story, but after listening to your talk I felt more inspired. I would like to connect with you because I think you are a very inspiring and I would like to have you in my network.


Good Morning Mr.Cronin! I really appreciate the talk you gave to the Strategic Management class at Suffolk University on Monday.   It was something I needed to hear as a first generation college student. Thank you again, Sir.    Have a blessed day! –   Elizabeth Gezehagn


Hello, my name is Talia Fusco. I was in Professor Huemme’s class at Suffolk University today. I’m reaching out in regard to your lecture. You probably hear this often, but I am positive not often enough. Today my entire outlook on what it means to function in the business world changed. I grew up in a close-minded space, confined to doing only what I was told because I thought that only like-minded people would be able to thrive.  People were always fixated on what they needed to do to avoid the inevitable criticism of the world, barely scratching the surface of real human connection, and discarding anything deeper than what the eye can see. My perception was almost as if a majority of people are proud to be shallow, to lack personal connection, or a burning passion for anything. I thoroughly enjoyed the real-world examples in your presentation and showcasing the growth of people with a drive for success. I now, more than ever, understand the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone and establishing a personal brand. Starting November I will be working for a franchise, having creative control over the entirety of their media platforms, managing and furthering the brand; I’ve been extremely skeptical about taking on a responsibility as big as this one, as it is my first real world business experience.  I believe this new information and way of thinking peaked my confidence immensely and will enable me to accomplish great things moving forward. I hope that what you do continues to change young minds’ perspective for years to come because I certainly needed a push in this direction. Today was awesome and I will never forget this experience. Thank you so much. Best,    Talia


Hello Mr Cronin.   I’m Shonette Crossdale.   We spoke yesterday in my strategic management class you presented for Professor Robert Huemme.  I really wanted to thank you again for your presentation.  It was really uplifting and left me feeling more confident about my career path and I’m taking the right steps to get where I want to be in the future.   I’ve tried looking for you on LinkedIn to remain connected but unfortunately, I was unable to find you in the searches. I also wanted to connect with you in the hopes you could help me find an entry-level job after I graduate in December and network with people who work in high-level positions in their marketing roles.   I’m looking forward to meeting with you again, have a great week!    Shonette C.

Hello Mr. Cronin.   I hope this message finds you doing well. I wanted to thank you again for coming into our class and relaying such a powerful message. I really enjoyed learning about different ways of networking and how to successfully make a positive impression. I learned a lot of useful information concerning personal brand and how to effectively establish my own personal brand. I will be applying the lessons learned from this presentation to my skill set to maximize potential. Thank you for the lessons learned.      Best,  Corey Frassica


Greetings Mr. Cronin.    This is James Auger, the Indonesian American senior at Suffolk University and we spoke about connecting more after class. I just wanted to say thank you for coming to talk to us yesterday in Professor Huemme’s class, it was very enlightening to learn about the importance of soft skills and how important networking is. My dad’s name is Mark Auger, Director of Commercialization in shoes at Under Armour, if your son would like to connect with him or if he knows about him.


I researched Tino Chow and Donna Mumma and they are both amazing people! Tino Chow especially is a very interesting person and has a fascinating outlook on life goals and aspirations where it can be broken down to a science experiment. Giant Shoulders is also a great company with a very positive look towards branding and I like how they are working with very ethical organizations like health and wellness companies, clean energy initiatives, and education.   I would love to connect with either of them and talk more about what they do and maybe ask them for some advice on how I can better myself as a digital marketer and what skills I should be learning.  Thank you for your time Mr. Cronin and thank you again for the knowledge I’ve gained from your speech.

Sincerely – James Auger:  Digital Marketing Major, Suffolk University Senior

Hi Mr Cronin.    I just wanted to say thank you for coming to our class yesterday! I’m sorry I didn’t get to speak to you for longer afterwards, I had another class to run to. You gave a very motivating presentation and really got me fired up about my future. I’m interested in sales and real estate and have a dream of using sales to pursue my passion in real estate investing. I noticed you work in the printing industry, my father does as well and always talks to me about what he has going on at his work. I wish you the very best and once again, thank you so so much for taking time out of your day to come speak to us! It’s very much appreciated.

Best,     Christopher McCann

Greetings, Mr. Cronin.    My name is Omar Elharezi. I was in Mr. Huemme’s class where you gave a presentation earlier today. I am the student from the UAE and was ironically wearing the Yankee cap. I just wanted to let you know that I immensely enjoyed your presentation, specifically the emphasis you placed on making and nurturing connections. It’s been on my mind the whole day. I often find myself in rooms or within reach of influential people in the business world, primarily because my sister owns various companies throughout the Middle East, and she occasionally allows me to tag along to meetings with her. Last year I had the opportunity to chat with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, A chairman of Aramco, and I regrettably didn’t exchange information even though we had a pleasant conversation. It is frustrating that I am often in a direct position to make connections with people who others may have to wait long periods even to have the chance to talk to, but don’t take advantage of it. The ties that I do have, I am bad at keeping in touch and holding on to them. Your presentation was fascinating because it covered an issue I often try to improve. I was hoping to draw on your experiences a little more through an email or phone call regarding enhancing the skills and qualities needed to secure potential connections and keep them close. It’s clear that you are well experienced in making and maintaining relations, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could dive a bit deeper into it with me. I apologize for the lengthy email; I just haven’t been this enthusiastic about a class in a very long time. I would love to learn more from you whenever you may have the time.

Best Regards,   Omar Elharezi


Mr. Cronin.   Good morning, I am Rex Yip! Thank you so much for coming in yesterday during my SIB-101 Globalization class and having such an amazing lesson for us.     Here is my email address: I am currently seeking internship opportunities, so if you have any information, feel free to email me.     Also, do you mind sending me a link for your LinkedIn account? Because I was having a tough time finding it. And my LinkedIn account currently is in progress, once that is finished, I will contact you on LinkedIn.   Thank you again and have a great day!    Best regards,   Rex Yip


Gabriel Lebold (He/Him) 10:41 AM  –   You spoke in Professor Huemme’s class on Monday. You seem like an amazing mentor and teacher to learn from and I’d love to connect more for the future.


Hi Mr Cronin.   This is Ella Gesmundo, I met you at the end of Professor Huemmes class today. I wanted to start with saying again that it was so great to meet you. You had mentioned a friend of yours, Sally Lapides, that was in real estate. I brought up that I’m in the mix of getting my license and was just wondering if you had some more information on Sally. Along with that I would love to get your LinkedIn.  I hope to hear from you soon and to keep in touch for the future! Take care!   Ella Gesmundo,  Marketing,  Suffolk University, Class of 2026, Boston, MA

Good Afternoon Mr. Cronin.   Thank you again for your presentation to our class about the importance of networking and self awareness of our personal brand.  Everything you said was incredibly impactful and your students are incredibly fortunate to have you as a resource. Your presence and storytelling are characteristics that I hope to someday possess. I will nurture the relationships I build in the future and am excited to reinforce the soft skills we went over in class today. It was a pleasure to meet you today.     Best Regards,  Boston Emmanuel, Accounting, Senior,  Suffolk University

Hello Mr. Cronin.    I am a student at Suffolk University. I wanted to personally thank you for your presentation and for taking the time to speak with my class and me. I was very impressed by your career path and inspired by your dedication to your students. I hope to talk again soon. Thank you!   Franceska Lucaj –    Undergraduate Student at Suffolk University – Sawyer Business School,  North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States






The Social Studies 2.0 – Life Skills class  – mantra has and continues to be





Today’s class featured a panel of successful professionals
from a diverse field of professions:
medicine, counseling, psychology, engineering, higher education, and administration.

Today’s Panel of Successful, Influential professionals

The class began with each panelist introducing themself with a brief story of where they’re from and the success they now enjoy and concluded with NETWORKING among guests and students over a catered LUNCH.

Central High School senior, Alonnie Stoval, exchanges her business card with Doctor Jamall Pollock, Associate Dean at Brown University.

Victoria Mealer-Flowers is the Student-Athlete Development Senior Manager, Community Engagement and DEI programs at Brown University networking with Central High School senior Henry Pardo and Nurisbel Santana as Alonnie Stoval joins their conversation during the networking lunch.

Engineer Yemi Onipede networks with a ‘fist bump’ with Angel and Diego Cortez while Central High School senior Chris Feliz looks to Hamid Akinfolarin, a Civil Engineer.

Doctor Yvorn Aswad, medical doctor who received his degree from UCLA and a native of South Central Los Angeles who now makes his home in Providence, Rhode Island, shares his personal story with the Central High students.

Luckson Omoaregba, the Director of Pathway Programs at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, networks with Central High School seniors Chris Feliz and Angel.

Here’s a more complete biography of each member of our Professionals panel: