School of Communications to Host Career Series Events

ST. LOUIS (OCT. 26, 2015) – School of Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler often speaks about how communication professions are changing. He tells incoming freshmen they’re preparing for jobs that do not yet exist. He reminds students at graduation of the skills they’ve learned to help them succeed in a field with rapid and constant changes. The Communications Career Series is an attempt to address those changes head on.

students at Internship Expo 2014The School of Communications (SOC) will present the Communications Career Series Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Building on the strength of the already-successful annual Internship Expo, the Communications Career Series will be expanded to three days of events and activities. They will include a panel discussion, visiting alumni and experts speaking in prearranged classes, and a variety of activities to help students prepare for and to do well in their internship and job searches.

“Events will highlight changing skill sets, job descriptions, and job structures, as well as the need for entrepreneurship in communication professionals. The expanded format is intended to generate a larger conversation throughout the School about how to better prepare students for success,” said Rothenbuhler.

The Communications Career Series will kick off with a panel discussion on Changing Communication Careers Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 in the East Academic Building, room 253. Industry leaders and alumni will discuss new career opportunities and how the communication industry is changing.

 Presenters include:

  • Kim Bouldin-Jones - Social Entrepreneur, KBJ Consulting
  • Amanda Gioia - Vice President of Worldwide Communications, MasterCard
  • Gus Hattrich - President, Paradowski Creative
  • Jeff Keane - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Coolfire Studios
  • Kay O'Neal - Vice President of Research, FleishmanHillard
  • Erin Steinbruegge - Chief Operating Officer, CrowdSource

For extended U.S. and international campuses and others unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at http://www.webster.edu/live. A live chat option is available on the web page to ask questions of the presenters. 

The panel discussion will begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT and run through 2:45 p.m. A networking reception will follow.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, alumni and other communication professionals will share their knowledge with students and provide career insights as guest lecturers in SOC classes.

Get Linked will be held in the east lobby of Sverdrup Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Students can “ask the expert,” enhance job search materials, and have portraits taken for LinkedIn. SOC alumni, industry partners, a photographer, and members of Career Services and Academic Advising will be on hand to assist students who stop by.

The Communications Career Series will conclude with Internship Expo 2015 on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center. This event, hosted by the Center for Portfolio Development & Internships, is an annual favorite for SOC students. At the Internship Expo, students can speak with organization representatives, learn about potential internships, hand out resumes, and show professional portfolios.

More than 30 organizations that employ communications professionals will be represented at Internship Expo 2015. They will include production houses; commercial studios; advertising and public relations agencies; nonprofit organizations; publications; and radio and television stations. Together, the organizations scheduled to attend will be offering more than 100 internship opportunities for students.

Attending organizations include:

  • Bruton-Stroube Studios
  • Cinema St. Louis
  • Coolfire Studios
  • Emmis Communications
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine
  • Kwame Building Group, Inc.
  • Logic Systems Sound & Lighting
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • Momentum Worldwide
  • Nine Network of Public Media (KETC)

For a complete list of attending organizations and for the latest information on Internship Expo 2015, please visit Center for Portfolio Development & Internships Facebook page.

For information about the Communications Career Series, please visit  http://www.webster.edu/communications/careers/.

 About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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