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Erika Schonberg Alves '96

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Erika Schonberg Alves

Erika Schonberg Alves ’96 graduated from BC summa cum laude with a double major in communication and political science. While at BC, she completed political internships and was a political volunteer, but her entire work experience after graduation has been in marketing communications for the high tech industry. 

Erika identifies persuasive writing, public speaking and strategic thinking as key career skills learned as a communication major – “Those skills are the foundation of any career in marketing - knowing your audience, understanding what motivates their behavior, and communicating persuasively through the most appropriate media.”

The BC Alumni network is a valuable asset to current students, and Erika advises them to take advantage of those connections.  She notes that the alumni network directly supported her own career opportunities and reflects, “As an alumna, I think the reason for that is not only do you want to help your fellow alumni, but more importantly there's a level of confidence in the caliber of professional that a BC education produces. As an employer, I know that those candidates are among the brightest and most well-rounded of their peer group.”