April 16 marked another successful event at the Mayborn School of Journalism. Celebrate Mayborn is an event where faculty, alumni, students, professionals, family, friends, and more can network and/or be awarded for their hard work throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to showcase the students who had received rewards or scholarships from the department. The event was sponsored by Tina Young, UNT alum and MarketWave president. UNT president Neal Smatresk came to include an address and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings attended to collect the C.E. “Pops” Shuford Award.
It was a great experience at the Celebrate Mayborn event this year. Having the opportunity to network with professionals in the journalism field is quite an honor for a public relations senior about to graduate from college. There was a sprinkle of all fields at the event on Wednesday night, and it was a treat to get a glimpse of the professional world through their eyes and through their years of experience. I definitely felt like I had gotten a lot of good tips and information for the future from them.
I had the chance to speak with a few of the professionals at the networking roundtable hour. Dawn Taylor of MarketWave gave great tips for resume building and interviewing for jobs. She advised to take what you have and spin it to make it look relevant for the company, even if your only job experience was a waitress at Applebee’s. She also advised that an impressive look to the resume would be that you somehow got involved with any communications/promotional material at your job. If it has nothing to do with journalism, work with it and make it be related to journalism by writing articles for them or supporting promotional events/materials. I was very impressed by these words, because as a college student, it is hard to maintain a relevant internship (especially if it is unpaid), a job to pay the bills and your full load of classes. Some students do not have the opportunity to do an internship when they have a full-time job. What Dawn Taylor advised helps these students to be more successful, regardless of what they are working.
George Foster of Foster Marketing took the time to ask each student around the table if they had any questions and what their aspirations are. It made me feel like he actually wanted to pay attention and engage with the students. I had to ask him what the NO. 1 thing is that applicants do negatively in the interviewing process. He said that students who are not pro-active do not succeed well in the business, and he is always impressed when students think critically and get things done well ahead of time. In other words, it is important to have time management skills under your belt and a pro-active attitude.
Overall, it was a great learning experience and I am glad that I had gotten the opportunity as a PR student to network with these professionals. I got a glimpse of what it was like in the real world and what these professionals are looking for in an intern or someone applying for an entry-level job.
Until next time!