IM BACK!!!

Wow, it has been quite a while since my last post so bare with me, this might be a lengthy one! 

So much life has happened since I last wrote. I hardly know where to begin.

Since college has ended I have been focusing on my career and life goals. I have tried new things in both the professional and personal aspects of life.  On a professional note, I continued with my internship at Truck Centers, Inc. briefly after graduating. As a curious new graduate I wanted to explore all of the options my field of study had to offer. 

With that being said, I left my internship to take on a position at Abstrakt Marketing Group. It was an awesome experience and I met some amazing colleagues but I still felt like something was missing. After 6 months i moved on to a Marketing Coordinator position at Data Unlimited, Inc. Data Unlimited is a full service Direct Mail company. This has been a fantastic experience thus far. I have my hands in so many different projects at once. I am able to work closely with an impressive list of clients as well as create direct mail materials. I have experienced with social media aspects and continue to strive to add responsibilities to my job description. This position has taught me to multitask a billion projects at once. I love the experience this has given me but….is it wrong to still want more?  

In a short 2 1/2 years I feel as if I have gained an amazing amount of experience that will shape me into the professional I want to be in the future. I am beginning to understand why so many job descriptions immediately out of college required more, than what I thought necessary, years of experience. While I have been frustrated at times and have asked myself when am I going to be satisfied at a position, I have realized what a great decision I have made with my degree choice.

Communications is such a broad area of study, there are so many places the degree can take you. It is so much different than going to school and studying to become a teacher. With a communications degree, you have so many options, so many career paths you can find  yourself on. I think that is why I am always striving to move on to the next thing. I am constantly wanting to learn more and get involved in all areas of the field. 

I believe more than ever a Communications degree has been the best thing I have ever done. It continues to make me want to strive and grow within my profession. 

So while I continue on my search of what is next in my professional life, I have been planning for my personal life. 

I have tried many different things since I have last posted. I have become an avid outdoors lover. I have gone from running only on the treadmill to running 5K’s and going on long bike rides. Thanks to my wonderful fiancé, that’s right I also got engaged during my absence, I have seen the beauty of the outdoors. He has shown me life through a different lens. I have even gone hunting with him. For those of you who know me, I am sure you find this shocking! The peace and quiet of the woods was amazing. My love for nature might also be a reason for the lack of my posts. Usually if I am not working I am outdoors or planning our dream wedding! The wedding will be in October 2014 at Tower Grove Park Music Stand with a reception following at Windows on Washington Ave. in St. Louis, MO. 

While I continue to plan for the wedding and explore my next career moves I hope to write more again. Until next time! 

Butterflies

I have an interview today with an impressive marketing firm in the St. Louis area and I can’t help but to have butterflies! I am thrilled to gain this opportunity with such a prestigious company. It has always been a career goal of mine to work in the downtown St. Louis area with a marketing or PR firm. It just sounds so exciting to handle different clients in different industries everyday. I believe it is a career someone could never become bored with. 

While preparing for my interview I have been researching the company and it’s employees using not only the website but social networking sites as well. It is while I was looking through LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages and Twitter I asked myself what it was like to search in the career field without these sites. 

The job market is tough right now, that’s for sure, but we are so lucky to have these social networking tools to utilize and prepare us for an interview. Even if this job does not work out, I think the experience I have gained while preparing for this interview, will only help me in the future. 

More to come soon! 

It’s been way too long

I haven’t been utilizing my blog nearly enough since finishing the class I initially had to make it for. Now that I am graduated from SIUE and in the process of searching for employment in my future career path I figured it was time to get back at it! 

While in college, I never imagined how fast the four years would fly by. I remember I started off wanting to major in Business. After taking some courses I realized I needed a major with more focus on communication and interactions. That is when I decided to change to Mass Communications with a Speech Communication minor. 

Along the way I realized the Speech Communication courses, especially those intended for Public Relations, were more up my ally. I immediately swapped my Mass Communications major to my minor and Speech Communication minor to my major. I decided to focus on Public Relations. 

With all the changes I was making, I never imagined I could actually graduate in four years. Although it took me taking 12 credit hours over the summer before my senior year in college, I was able to surprise myself and do just that.

I miss college now that it is over, but I am excited for the new ventures to come. Now I am on the road to  seeking employment and so far it has been quite difficult but I know if I continue to improve on myself and my skills, something will come along! 

More to come soon!

Facebook Removes a Photo of a Homosexual Couple Kissing

Facebook Apologizes For Removing Homosexual Smooch Photo

Facebook, the popular social networking site, has recently been in the hot seat for the removal of a photo.  The photo was of two men kissing and was on a page protesting an act of discrimination in London.  After Facebook got the negative responses from users, the picture shortly was placed back up on the social networking site. 

Why did they even feel the right to remove it in the first place? The statement released from facebook for reasoning of why the photo was removed  read “Shares that contain nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content, are not permitted on Facebook.”  After they had realized what an uproar the removal of the photo had made and they put it back on the page they released a statement explaining the removal was just an “error”

 “The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error.”

Although they quickly fixed the mistake, it did not go unnoticed by users.  I am glad that they realized that they needed to rethink their decision of removal of the photo, but I think a lot of people are  still speculating that it was done because someone had a problem with the contents of that photo.  I have seen a lot of pictures of a man and a woman kissing on facebook and those do not seem to get removed based on policies?  They seemed to have clear the air with this mistake but this time they were lucky.  If something would not have been done, I am sure their user number would have dropped significantly.

Do You Know Your Reach On Social Media Or Are You Out Of Touch With Reality?

Do You Know Your Reach On Social Media

As we have been told all semester in class it is important to know the reach you have with you social media tools.  Once you put something out there it is out there for everyone to see if you are not careful.  We have been constantly reminded to be careful with what we put into our blogs and twitter accounts and it is important to remember this as we move out of our college years and into the professional world. 

On the website PR in your pajamas, Natalie Sisson, a senior associate at Cross Borders Communications, shares some tools on managing and tracking your social media involvement.  The article explains that you need to be aware of the influence your social media activity has.  It is essential to track and analyze your social media activity in order to help build valuable relationships. 

 One easy way to do this are to use PostRank, a free tool that allows you to see how your content is being received.  I think that PostRank is a very useful tool that I did  not know about before reading this article. 

Now that I have a free tool that I can use I believe that I will be getting a PostRank account and using it immediately.  It is so important to me to have a good online presence since I will be graduating in May 2012 which seems to be right around the corner.  I am glad this class has taught me how social media can affect my chances of landing the jobs I want in the near future.

Southwest Airlines Scare

It has been all over the news about Southwest Airlines recent incident. According to the Dallas Morning News website,  on Friday April 1, 2011 a 5 foot long hole opened up in the roof of the Southwest Airlines plane soon after takeoff from Phoenix.  This caused a lost of pressure and caused pilots to make an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona.  Thankfully no one was seriously hurt.  Although this may hurt peoples travel plans since they might get a new sense of fear to flying due to the unfortunate circumstances. 

I have Southwest flight plans in May and now I am a little hesitant of the flights as I am sure many other customers are. 

After the midair incident, Southwest grounded nearly 80 Boeing 737-300s for inspections. Monday evening 64 were returned to flights but 3 had cracks similar to the ones like Friday’s incident. 

The FAA is taking actions in the right direction to make safety inspections more thorough.  However, Southwest Airlines was fast to shift the blame to Boeing because it was their aircraft.  While Boeing should take responsibility for their aircraft, it does have the name Southwest all over it so they need to take on some responsibility.

I think to get customers back, Southwest needs to offer some pretty good deals for summer travels.  They need to make a plan for this disaster and figure out all they can do to help.  Otherwise people may not be apt to fly in their hands again, I know that I am a little worried about my future vacation now. What do you think?

Southwest Airlines Incident

GaGa Helps To Raise Over $1.2 Million For Japan

GaGa\’s Little Monsters Help Raise $1.2 Million For Japan

Lady GaGa has done it again!  It has only been two weeks since she released her $5 prayer bracelets to raise money for Japan victims of the earthquake.  Since those two weeks she has already been able to raise 1.2 million dollars.  The bracelets read “We Pray For Japan,” not only in english but in Japanese writing as well.

I really do hope that a lot of stars follow GaGa’s great example and help out Japan relief efforts.  As if she is not already one of the most talked about celebrities today, now she is helping in Japan relief efforts!  This star is truly amazing and does not stop helping out where she can.  Apparently not only is she responsible for the prayer bracelets but has also teamed up with other music artists to put out a CD entitled “Songs for Japan”  to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.  index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65181:songs-for-japan-relief-cd-on-sale&catid=57:entertainment&Itemid=56

The cd includes music from Lady GaGa, Bob Dylan, U2, Pink, and many more.  It is on sale at Itunes for $9.99 now!

I think that Lady GaGa is one of the most talented artists there is today.  She also knows how to keep herself in a positive light by fans and the media.  Her outfits may be a little different but with as much success as she has had, if that is the worst thing people have to say about her then she is doing pretty well for herself!  She really is an inspiration to so many people and I believe not only should stars follow in her footsteps in helping out but should thrive to be a positive role model for young people like she is.  You do not see her running around crazy and getting into alcohol or drugs, rather she is in a positive light which really makes people look up to her.  She needs to keep doing what she is doing because I believe she is one of the only “good” remaining pop stars out there today.