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Alumni Q&A: James Gaudio

James Gaudio

James Gaudio graduated from WVU in May 2022 with a degree in Journalism as well as Business Administration. He was recognized as a Top Scholar at the College of Media, earning a GPA of 4.0. He is currently a financial advisor and strategist at Lifetime Financial Growth. 

What are you current job responsibilities?  In my role I work with young professionals to help educate and guide them to better financial futures. I discuss a wide range of topics regarding someone's complete financial picture using a process that serves as a financial MRI.    

Favorite part of your job?  My favorite part of my job is that I have the opportunity to speak with young professionals who have a growth-oriented mindset. We're oftentimes so involved in our specific majors that personal finance skills don't make the way into the picture. I love having conversations with individuals with different backgrounds because they are not alone, and I want to be there to help guide them along the right path.

What has been the most fulfilling/coolest project you've worked on? There isn't a specific project I can point to specifically yet, but I'd say working with former WVU grads has been something I've thoroughly enjoyed. My team and I have worked through the center for financial literacy on campus. I spoke with one class in the Reed College of Media last fall about financial literacy and student loan advice upon graduating and we plan to visit again this semester.

Why did you decide to double-major, and why did you pick these majors? I decided to double major in Journalism and Finance to acquire a wide range of skills. I feel that both majors have shaped me to be well rounded both in business and as a speaker/communicator.

How did the College of Media prepare you for your future?  The Reed College of Media prepared for the future because I learned how to communicate effectively with others. That's a large part of my current role and having that ability makes conveying my recommendations and planning easier.  

What is your dream job/what do you hope to do one day?  My dream job is my current position. I have the opportunity to impact the lives of others every day by guiding them to maximize and protect their wealth building potential and financial futures. I would also like to continue my broadcasting career on a part time basis, calling baseball play by play. 

Favorite WVU/College of Media memory?  There are too many great memories to count, but I would say one of my favorites was going to the Big 12 Baseball tournament this past year (Spring 2022) to call the play by play for the Mountaineers in my final games broadcasting for U92.  

What advice do you have for current students?  Sometimes we get so bogged down in our studies/priorities when it comes to the classroom and searching for employment post college that we don't enjoy the ride. There's a time and place to study hard and create the right relationships to find the role that's the right fit, but there should also be time to take a step back and enjoy the best 4 years of your life.