Gannon University Alumna Returns to Offer Advice for Senior Students

Posted: April 12, 2016

Taylor Shaffer achieved her possibility. Now she is returning to Gannon University to help others do the same.

Shaffer, an accountant on the assurance staff of Ernst & Young, an international business consulting firm in Pittsburgh, will make a presentation on Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. in Room 300 of the Center for Business Ingenuity, 900 State St., to discuss preparing for the transition from business student to business professional.

Among the topics she will discuss are how to compose a cover letter and resume, interviewing skills and preparing to take the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. She'll also share her experiences from Ernst & Young.

"I want to help current students at Gannon prepare for their job search so they can achieve their dream job," said Shaffer.

Shaffer's career at Gannon University was eventful. The West Sunbury, Pennsylvania native served as Student Government Association (SGA) president for the 2014-2015 Academic Year, a position that gave her a seat on the Gannon University Board of Trustees.

While she was a student balancing the duties of her SGA office and a full course load (21 credits in her final semester), Shaffer held two part-time positions. The first was with the Erie Community Foundation, where she began after her sophomore year processing payables and working on financial statements and investments. Shaffer's other position was at Erie's St. Peter Cathedral School.