ADDWSU Alumni Panel Offers Digital Media Advice
Ike and Russ invited an alumni panel, former students from the inaugural ADDWSU class to share their experiences with the class this past Thursday. The members of the panel discussed the digital media tools they learned from the class and how they have been applied to their current careers. Having the former students return and share what they have learned was very beneficial and seeing where they are now, with jobs in their career fields is promising. It was refreshing hearing from people that were just in the same position as us one short year ago. This coming Thursday there will be an alumni panel of graduates from the Wright State University Department of Communication if anyone is interested in hearing what other recent grads are doing with their degrees.
ADDWSU Digital Media Alumni Panel
Jake Young, Fibre Glast, Justin Kinner, Alpha Media,Jake Clark , Atomic Interactive, and Nicholas Lovensheimer, Naked Lime were all once students at Wright State University and alumni of the first ADDWSU class from spring semester 2015. They all have careers in digital media in one facet or another. Kinner seems to use his skills learned from class the least, but did admit that there are times when he does use the tools obtained from ADDWSU and they have been very helpful with his job. Young is using his skills learned in both DDWSU and ADDWSU, but is also writing code and doing eCommerce work. Clark and Lovensheimer both specifically work with digital marketing. While each of these individuals has a specific job title they made it very clear that they do a little bit of everything.
Get Certified And Be Well Rounded
One key thing each member of the panel shared was to obtain any and all certifications that are related to digital media. The more certifications one has, the more opportunites one has for optimizing themselves and maximizing their skills. Prospective employers are looking for people industry ready and to be able to say you are gives you the edge over any competition. Having a well rounded skill set is also a plus being multi-faceted opens up more doors than only having a specific narrow skill-set. While this may be the case for many fields it is specifically true for digital media.
After hearing from the speakers it made me want to broaden my horizons even further and expand my knowledge and skill-set. I want to be able to apply for jobs and know that I am the best option! If I maximize my potential and not only know my stuff but am able to talk about it and discuss it intelligently, I know that I will put myself at the top of any list of applicants. I hope there are plans to have other speakers in as Ike and Russ have done in the past, because it has always been highly beneficial.
How do you guys feel about looking for work after graduation? Do you feel better or worse since the alumni panel? Does hearing from recent grads and their experience in digital marketing make you want to pursue a career in the field?