Alumni to offer advice on job market
Communication Day to offer students direction toward career
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 23:10
To help ensure the bright futures of students following in their not-so-distant footsteps, the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Communication will be hosting a “Communication Day” from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Student Center.
During this event, students will be given the opportunity to meet people who are currently working in communication-related fields.
“This day is extremely valuable to current students, because the Alumni Advisory Board is full of great Ags,” said Josh Lipscomb, board member and senior manager of executive compensation at Brinker International. “The [advisory board] members have at least two things in common: One, we are passionate about helping current students succeed by helping them prepare for their careers, and two, we’ve had success in our careers and have a lot of good advice, which was aided by our time at Texas A&M and the Department of Communication.”
Several former students turned board members will be traveling to College Station representing a variety of organizations and companies. With the experience of applying a communication degree into the workplace, the advisory board is expected to bridge the gap between the college and career setting.
Natasha Abeya, advisory board member and global brand and media partnerships advisor of Shell Oil Company, said the events allow for an open and honest discussion between students and the Alumni Advisory Board about the transition from college life to professional life.
Jay Socol, advisory board member and communications director for the City of College Station, said that with such a broad major as communication, finding a perfect fit can be overwhelming. Socol said workshops will be in session to help students get an idea for a beneficial career path and to give tips about general professionalism in the field.
“While this event is mainly directed at communication majors, we find that the topics and presenters draw students from a number of other majors too,” Socol said. “I’ve heard from plenty of students in past years who attended the workshops and said they learned about careers or skill applications they never even considered. Some walk away realizing where they need to apply more focus, while others realize they’re putting effort in the wrong places. I wish I’d had this opportunity when I was at A&M.”
There will be two workshop sessions available, and each will contain four separate meetings that students can choose to attend. Communication professor Richard Street said, in past events, attendance ranged from 40-150 in any one particular session.
Session one will begin at 3 p.m., and the breakoff meetings will include “Successful Interviewing” held in MSC 2405, “How to make my degree work for ME” in MSC 2404, “Be an Aggie that can Network” in MSC 2406A, and “Special Industry Topic: Event Planning” in MSC 2406B.
Street said one of the biggest aspects that appeals to students is the ability to get information on how to talk about their major in a way that appeals to potential employers and colleagues.
Session two will follow, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Meetings in this session will include “Resume Do’s and Don’ts” in MSC 2405, “The Leader of the Future: Skills to Begin Developing Now” in MSC 2404, “Be an Aggie that can Network” in MSC 2406A, and “Social Media 101” in MSC 2406B.
Nancy Street, director of the communication department undergraduate program, said Communication Day will have meetings that focus on one of the most vital skills for communication majors – networking.
“For people who go to the networking sessions, it will bring opportunities to talk to the alumni one on one,” Street said. “Last year, people got internships and jobs just from attending the networking session.”