Jessica Tantin ’14 did not have much time to celebrate after receiving her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business on May 18. Just two days later, she had moved from Hartford to New York City and started her new job at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Tantin, who is working for Aramark, is in charge of two sections of the ballpark that serve premium and season ticket holders, as well as VIPs.
This is not Tantin’s first experience with Aramark, a customer service business specializing in food, facilities, and uniforms. She had three internships with the company, including one at the University and another at Citi Field. She so successful at Citi Field that she received a job offer. She declined in order to finish her degree and was uncertain if she would get another chance. That chance came when she was offered her current job in November. Tantin was able to finish her final semester knowing that she had a job waiting for her.
“Barney really prepared me to look at my career in a different way,” says Tantin, who is now pursuing her master’s in business administration through Barney’s online program. “Our professors made it possible for us to move forward and be confident in our future in the business world.”
Tantin’s friend and classmate, Floridona Lamnica '12 ’14, also credits the University’s professors for her success. Lamnica, who earned her associate’s degree from the University’s Hillyer College before entering Barney, found her job at Aetna after a professor learned an alumnus was looking for interns. Lamnica sent her resume and was invited to interview for two positions. Because she had previous project management experience as an intern with the Pattison Sign Group, Lamnica was able to bypass the entry-level jobs and become a project coordinator.
“Our professors were amazing,” Lamnica explains. “Everyone was so excited when we got jobs because they were there for us throughout the process.”
Classmate Kenneth Parker ’14 will be joining Tantin and Lamnica in the workforce. Parker will be an operations analyst for Goldman Sachs. He was unsure of his career path until he arrived at the University.
“I took an operations class at Barney,” Parker says. “That’s how I found out what I really wanted to do.”