Keeping up with the novelties in the field, constant creating and networking are the top three tips for finding a job that the communication professionals shared with the students from Saint Louis University. The SLU Advisory Board members underlined that students should constantly create and produce materials in order to improve their skills, and get better in what they are doing.
– Go out and act! Don’t be afraid to be terrible because in a while you will do it better – said Pat McGonigle, the News Anchor at KSDK. Another SLU alumni Bess Menousek who does research for the marketing communications agency HughesLeahyKarlovic advised students to pay attention at classes because “a lot of skills learned in school are marketable and do transfer in the real world.”
Speaking the language of the clients, being able to adapt, and being engaged during internships and at the workplace, were some of the numerous pieces of advice that the communication professionals gave to the students at the networking event organized by the Communication Department.
Using the opportunity to listen to the professionals who established themselves in the communication-related fields, Media and Marketing student Emma Goldschmidt wanted to know more on where young job seekers as she is, should additionally investigate a potential employer. Bess Menousek, a Brand Insights Manager at HoghesLeahyKarlovic, suggested that future employees should use the benefits of LinkedIn and reach more people through that business social networking site.
– Consume as much as you can about the company you are interested in. Nowadays everything is available online – said Jim Mayfiled, the Executive Creative Director at Schupp Company. He also reminded students that they should customize their cover letters depending to whom they are talking and not to be afraid to show about what they are passionate.
The Communication Advisory Board members are SLU alumni and community members who are committed to bettering the Department and its curriculum, and to helping students to step into the real world of the communication-related industry.