Eric Moreira ’08
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Eric Moreira ’08

Eric Moreira ’08

While at the University of Hartford, Eric Moreira had a number of opportunities to apply what he learned in his classes. “What helped me in my career path post-graduation was my student internships,” Moreira writes. “Real world career experience is very important.”

Moreira gained that real world experience both on and off campus. As a communication major with a focus on radio and television, he was in the studio early on. “I enjoyed the radio communications course,” Eric recalls. “The final project we did in the class was to produce a 30- or 60-second radio advertisement.” As a sophomore, Moreira was able to intern in television news production at NBC Connecticut in West Hartford. That same year, he became a disc jockey at University radio station WWUH. “I grew up listening to the local college radio stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so I always had an interest in being involved with college radio,” Moreira writes. Through his senior year, Moreira stayed active at WWUH. “I hosted a&#160 hip-hop and dance music radio show on Sunday nights.”

During Moreira’s junior and senior years, he also took advantage of an opportunity to be a teaching assistant, helping Professor Michael Graziano in the same radio communications course that inspired him. Part of his role was to assist with hands-on radio production projects in the School of Communication’s studio and share his experience. “I enjoyed the fact that I was able to help students learn.”

Another internship the following year with Fidelity Investments in Providence, R.I., introduced Moreira to the world of finance. “I noticed there were a number of areas within this industry, providing a good opportunity for job growth.” When he returned to campus for his senior year, he supplemented his communication and production courses with some basic business courses. After graduation, Moreira went to work full time at Fidelity Investments in Boston, and he eventually earned five brokerage and insurance licenses. Currently, Moreira works as a registered principal and client relationship manager at Essex Financial Services in its new office in Fairfield, Conn.

Moreira has not left his disc jockey days behind him. He took the experience he gained working as a DJ at campus events and opened up Moreira Events, where he provides professional DJ services from New Jersey to New Hampshire, including the weddings of a few University of Hartford alumni. “I still keep in touch with a lot of people from UHart,” he tells us.

As for his college experience, Moreira says in the end it was the people who made it special. “It was great meeting people from all over the country and the world,” Moreira writes. “What stands out to me is my classmates and friendships.”