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Mass Comm Week: Digital Media Alumni Share Career Experiences

By Piper Blake
Assistant Web Content Manager

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism (SJMC) is one of the largest schools within Texas State with a wide array of majors students can choose from. These majors include public relations, journalism, advertising and digital media. That is why we have Mass Comm week once a year that allows SJMC students to get more information on their chosen career and to create connections with alumni and companies that come to promote internships or jobs.

Monday, Oct.14, was the afternoon panel for digital media alumni to come share their career experiences and advice to current students. 

White screen with black text describing the jobs and companies of the four panelists.
These are the job descriptions and companies that each alumni work at. Image by Piper Blake.

There were four panelists, all of which are recent graduates from Texas State with an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Sean Smith graduated with his graduate degree last year and now works for Gatehouse Media company. He is a Frontend Developer that uses HTML and CSS to create formatted elements for online and print. Smith had the opportunity to connect with Gatehouse due to him working for South by Southwest (SXSW) as an intern for Texas State. His skill and knowledge of digital media gave him an immediate job offer.

“My undergrad was in a more traditional journalism degree…So that combined with my digital media experience I can work directly with journalists to elevate what they do.”

Sean Smith

Danielle Molinar graduated last year with her undergraduate degree and is now an application developer for Accenture. She uses HTML and CSS daily for creating website layouts. 

Molinar had a plan for after graduation with her goal of working for Accenture. Even though she applied to many different places, she made sure that Accenture knew her interest.

“I didn’t know how large Accenture is. It’s as big as Amazon. When I was first hired it was pretty overwhelming.”

Danielle Molinar

Emily Ferris graduated last year with her undergrad also. She now works for GoDaddy as a Content Specialist. She creates digital design and has to be creative when making brand-oriented designs for clients. She was talking with GoDaddy before she graduated but had to wait to apply until after graduation and was given a job right after she contacted them again.

“Learning the ins and outs of the job is the most important thing for a new job. Especially for working at a big corporate job like GoDaddy.”

Emily Ferris

Jacklyn Mann is another undergrad from last year and is the HTML resource and marketing automation consultant for Motiv. Her day-to-day is talking to clients and directors of marketing suggesting things that they could be doing better for their own marketing brand. 

“I have a very laid-back work environment. It’s really nice working for a smaller company.  I know my CEO and everyone knows each other.”

Jacklyn Mann

All of the alumni except Mann work for a large corporate company but each of them has had to adjust to their new roles. They have had to switch from a school mindset to a business mindset. 

The biggest advice that each of the alumni agreed on is to not get discouraged when applying for jobs after graduation. It takes time and apply for anything that fits the skills you have learned during your time at Texas State.

They also suggested that getting involved in anything you are interested will give you more experience to put on your resume. That is what employers look for and want from their applicants. 

Not everyone will have the same experience when it comes to getting a job after graduation but making sure that you are knowledgeable and able to talk about your abilities will be something that separates you from other applicants.

Mass Comm week is an amazing resource for SJMC students and there are panels that can fit any majors under mass communication. If you haven’t gone to a panel or have been involved in Mass Comm week, I highly recommend that you do because it’s a great learning and connection opportunity.

Featured image by Piper Blake.

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