For examples of what it means to absolutely #slay with your Communication Management degree from USC Annenberg, one needs look no further than the panelists of Thursday’s Communication Management Alumni Panel, hosted in conjunction by the Annenberg Career Development Team (which I am so psyched to be a member of!) and clinical/graduate professor, Rebecca Weintraub, whose class several panelists are proud to have “survived”.
With graduation dates ranging from ’03 to ’13, these panelists had a substantial amount of insight to offer aspiring Communication Management graduates and media professionals, coming from a wide variety of professional fields, as well. Here are some of the best take-aways from the event:
- “Learn the business. Be a sponge.” – Heather Rim
- “[Grad school] gave my story a bit of an edge. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.” – Claudine Cazian
- “Learn how to say yes even when you are terrified inside.” – Heather Rim
- (On on-the-job training and work ethic): “You can’t be afraid to ask questions.” – Erik Roithmayr
- “I keep a work journal!” – Udeitha Srimushnam, Erin Yokomizo
- “Ask for informational interviews, offer to get them coffee. This can be done from inside or outside the company; People love to talk about what they do. And on your first day, be sure to get the org chart.” – Claudine
- “Ask your supervisor: What does success look like to you?” – Udeitha
- “If you feel comfortable, you’re not growing. You’re probably doing the wrong thing.” – Professor Rebecca Weintraub
Attending Annenberg Career Development events like these provide an amazing insight into what it’s like to be a professional in the ever-changing world of communication, public relations and journalism. If you get the chance, be sure to check them out!