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This is what we do!

I really do enjoy homecoming reunions here at St. Francis. Kids we taught now with kids of their own yada, yada, yada. While I really enjoy their personal stories, I also get a big kick out of their career journeys precisely because it is an affirmation of what we have been telling them since the day they set foot on campus.

  1. A comm degree is the most flexible degree you can get
  2. You can work in any industry, government agency, nonprofit organization, for profit company, big, small or inbetween because everybody needs help telling their stories and that’s what we do.
  3. Where you start is, probably, not where you will end up.

Cases-in-point:

  • Clarice, who graduated in 2018, got a job in the event planning department of a large Chicago hotel. It was a job she really liked and at which she was Neil Degrasse Tysongood. Then COVID happened.  Events and travel dried up to nothing and Clarice was out of a job. She  switched gears and found a nice position in a completely different industry- public libraries. And she says she kind-of likes it there.
  • I just received a notice via LinkedIn that Hannah, a 2017 CMMA graduate, just changed jobs from a large, regional residential construction firm to a data solutions company for railroads. Yes, railroads. I can guaran-damn-tee that we never discussed the railroad business as a possible target employer for a comm grad.
  • Richie, a 2021 grad, liked politics and cars and dabbled in YouTube videos about politics and cars. He then developed a talent for layout and design. And, because he worked alongside Antonio, who graduated in 2020, as a designer for the student news magazine, Antonio pushed Richie to be an intern at the company where he got a job after college. That internship has turned into a full-time job as Antonio and Richie have become the marketing and design team for a large hair salon training and supply house.

I can also guaran-damn-tee that we never discussed the communication needs of the salon business in any class I ever taught.

The point is….you just never know where you’ll end up. But if you are prepared, you will have a wildly interesting ride. See you all, I hope, on October 2. The reunion is free but you must RSVP here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=6nNHHA and BRING ME THOSE STORIES!

 

 

 

 

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