This is what we do!
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.
- A comm degree is the most flexible degree you can get
- 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.
- Where you start is, probably, not where you will end up.
- 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 good. 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!