What is your typical work day like?
Every day is different, which is what I love! In general, I focus on writing and working with the media. I write web content, press release, internal newsletters, and respond to email questions, requests, and field media calls. Other responsibilities include radio and TV interviews promoting travel in Wisconsin, press conferences, group press tours, and helping coordinate our annual conference.
What path did you take to your current career, were there other jobs along the way?
I studied public relations and had a public relations internship with Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. at Eau Claire. This is my first job out of college and my internship was crucial – it provided me the first hand experience necessary to secure my job.
How did your liberal arts education at UW-Eau Claire help prepare you for your career?
My education laid the groundwork for my career. My public relations and communication classes prepared me very well for all the different things I do every day in my job, from understanding theories to practicing all different styles of writing. Learning everything I could in class and putting it to use in real life gave me the experience needed to succeed post-graduation.
Is there something more you wish you would have done in college to prepare for your career?
I wish I would have gotten an internship sooner. I didn’t start my internship until my senior year, but I should have started a year earlier. That kind of experience is absolutely crucial to post-graduate success.
What advice do you have for UW-Eau Claire students to become successful in their own careers?
Take advantage of all the opportunities!! Classes are very important, but so is being involved on campus. Join an organization or volunteer or play sports and find an internship. It is so important for leadership development and figuring out what you like to do and what you are good at. Get involved!