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Month: April 2021

8 Reasons to Choose Denver

Oh, Denver! We love you. With our Denver Treks coming up soon, (May 20th!) we wanted to share a little bit more about how amazing the Mile High City can be!

  1. The Job Market Is Thriving

With so many new tech companies on the rise, Denver is the place to be! With companies like Google, Kaiser Permanente, Comcast, and Wells Fargo, there are so many job opportunities for up and comers who are looking for an exciting life in Denver.

A four panel image showing the outside of Denver's Comcast, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, and Google offices.
Clockwise: Comcast, Kaiser Permanente, Google, and Wells Fargo offices in Denver.

2. The Weather is Fit for Everyone

When you think of a city nestled near the mountains, you probably assume it’s pretty cold, right? Wrong! Denver might get a few chilly nights in the winter, but the year-round temps in Denver average in the upper 50s. This is one of the few places you truly get four, discernable seasons. With tons of sunshine, crisp air, and a breezy climate, the temperature is fit for almost anyone.

3. Yummy dishes for all the Foodies!

Denver has it all! Since it is a crossroads of southern transplants and West-coast natives, Denver has become a melting pot of cuisine.

4. So many activities, year round!

Since the mountains are a huge lure here, it’s no surprise that one of the best pastimes is all the outdoor activities. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and biking in the summer, Denver is known as one of the best places to live if you love the outdoors.

5. Sports teams!

You got it. With SEVEN pro sports teams, there is never a dull moment in The Mile High City! From the Rockies, to the Nuggets, there’s a sport to watch year-round, no matter the weather.

6. Cultural hub, (so not just mountaineers?)

With an influx of people from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and countless other major cities, they bring their traditions and culture with them. Wouldn’t you love some of the best pizza, tacos, and sushi up in the mountains? I know, I would.

7. Parks are everywhere!

Denver has the most unique city park system in the country. Denver has more than 200 parks within the city and 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, including spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8. 10th largest downtown in the nation!

I can guarantee that you will never be bored inside downtown Denver. Unlike some Western cities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown Within just a one mile radius, there are three sports stadiums, the country’s second largest performing arts complex, an assortment of art and history museums, a river offering whitewater rafting, the country’s only downtown amusement park, a new world-class aquarium, more than 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 300 restaurants, brewpubs and music clubs.

Doesn’t Denver sound absolutely epic? Get the insight on some companies that want to hire Zags, by attending our Denver Trek! You can sign up by clicking here, and we hope to see you there!

8.10th largest downtown in the nation!I can guarantee that you will never be bored insidedowntown denver. Unlike some Westerncities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkabledowntown Within just a one mile radius,there are three sports stadiums, the country’s secondlargest performing arts complex, anassortment of art and history museums, a river offeringwhitewater rafting, the country’s onlydowntown amusement park, a new world-class aquarium,more than 8,000 hotel rooms andmore than 300 restaurants, brewpubs and music clubs.Doesn’t Denver sound absolutely epic? Get the insighton some companies that want to hireZags, by attending our Denver Trek! You can sign upbyclicking here, and we hope to see youthere!

8 Reasons Why You Should Work In Denver

Oh, Denver! We love you.

With our Denver Treks coming up soon, (May 20th!) we wanted to share a little bit more about how amazing the Mile High City can be!

1. The Job Market Is Thriving

With so many new tech companies on the rise, Denver is the place to be! With companies like Google, Kaiser Permanente, Comcast, and Wells Fargo, there are so many job opportunities for up and comers who are looking for an exciting life in Denver.

2. The Weather is Fit for Everyone

When you think of a city nestled near the mountains, you probably assume it’s pretty cold, right? Wrong! Denver might get a few chilly nights in the winter, but the year-round temps in Denver average in the upper 50s. This is one of the few places you truly get four, discernable seasons. With tons of sunshine, crisp air, and a breezy climate, the temperature is fit for almost anyone.

3. Yummy dishes for all the Foodies!

Denver has it all! Since it is a crossroads of southern transplants and West-coast natives, Denver has become a melting pot of cuisine.

4. So many activities, year round!

Since the mountains are a huge lure here, it’s no surprise that one of the best pastimes is all the outdoor activities. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and biking in the summer, Denver is known as one of the best places to live if you love the outdoors.

5. Sports teams! You got it.

With SEVEN pro sports teams, there is never a dull moment in The Mile High City! . From the Rockies, to the Nuggets, there’s a sport to watch year-round, no matter the weather.

6. Cultural hub, (so not just mountaineers?)

With an influx of people from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and countless other major cities, they bring their traditions and culture with them. Wouldn’t you love some of the best pizza, tacos, and sushi up in the mountains? I know, I would.

7. Parks are everywhere!


Denver has the most unique city park system in the country. Denver has more than 200 parks within the city and 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, including spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheater.

8. 10th largest downtown in the nation!

I can guarantee that you will never be bored inside downtown denver. Unlike some Western cities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown Within just a one mile radius, there are three sports stadiums, the country’s second largest performing arts complex, an assortment of art and history museums, a river offering whitewater rafting, the country’s only downtown amusement park, a new world-class aquarium, more than 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 300 restaurants, brewpubs and music clubs.

Doesn’t Denver sound absolutely epic? Get the insight on some companies that want to hire Zags, by attending our Denver Trek! You can sign up by clicking here, and we hope to see you there!

Advice for Graduating Students from CPD Career Coaches

Graduation is quickly approaching, and here at Career and Professional Development, it is our goal to make this life transition easier. For today’s post, we asked some of the career coaches on our team for some of their best advice, things they wish they had known, and things they would like to share with you.

Portrait Photo of Ray Angle

Ray Angle – Assistant Vice President at Career & Professional Development

● If you’re not sure what you want to do with your degree or major, take some time to research career options with an emphasis on honing in on some careers that interest you.

● Spend time connecting (both online and socially-distanced in person) with successful professionals in the fields that interest you and conduct informational interviews with them to get insider information on trends, employment processes and vacancies. Keep building professional relationships long after you’ve landed a job.

Karen Franks-Harding – Manager, School of Engineering & Applied Science

● Wherever you are, there is most likely an alumni chapter and you should get involved. Alumni are a great support system if you are in an unfamiliar city and are great for career support as well.

● Remember that CPD services are available to you for life!

Vicki Hucke – Assistant Director, Employer Engagement

● Be open to experiencing new opportunities, even if it is something you had not pictured yourself doing.

● Continuously build your network – including professors, family friends, co-workers, Gonzaga alumni and staff. They can all be helpful in job searching now and in the future.

Patricia Hetu-Tkacik – Recruiter in Residence, retired CIA

● Always be flexible and accepting for whatever opportunities present themselves.

● Make it a priority to conduct yourself both personally and professionally according to the reputation you want to build for yourself.

Katherine Brackmann – Assistant Director, Graduate & Professional School Engagement

● Remember you are not alone in your career planning. There are so many resources and people, including CPD staff and alumni mentors, who can support you on your journey –just ask!

● Practice gratitude and find joy in celebrating the success of others.

Thank you to all of the amazing staff who shared their input, it means the world!

To all graduating Zags, we are so proud of you and want you to know that here at CPD we are always going to support you and will help you no matter where you are in your journey. Stay connected!

Email: careers@gonzaga.edu

Phone: (509) 313-4234

Website: www.gonzaga.edu/ZagsIgnite