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95 days.

95 days until the end of my four years of college. Is this real?

I remember the last month of the summer after my senior year in high school. I had a countdown going then too — a countdown to the day I was going to move to Austin to start the next chapter of my life. It seems like yesterday!

I remember when I was merely 15 years old and all I wanted to do was turn 16, get my license and drive myself around. I vocalized it to my parents quite frequently, and they always told me the same thing — that time proceeds to pass faster and faster with every year that goes by. At the time, I’d roll my eyes, because geez, 9th grade seemed like it was never going to end!

Well, here I am! I have my first job interview next week (ahh!) with a Dallas agency, I’m heading to NYC again over spring break to (hopefully) do job interviews there,  and I only have 3 more tests left… ever. Those are words I definitely thought I’d never say.

So over the next 95 days,

I want to enjoy the time I have with my friends, experience things around Austin that I have yet to do over the past few years, and soak up as much knowledge as the University of Texas will allow me to in my remaining time.

And a word to the younger ones out there (especially my sisters!) — don’t take a second of what’s given to you for granted… Experience everything you can and soak it up! And just because time flies doesn’t mean you don’t have the time to do every single thing that you want to!

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Anyone over 40 who tells you that they truly understand social media is lying to you.

Today I had a phone interview with a small interactive company in Austin. The man I spoke to, one of the founders of the company, is in his 30’s. He’s not necessarily old, but his generation did miss out on the social media frenzy. What he said about older people not truly understanding social media really stuck out to me.

But I guess it’s true. A basic form of social media didn’t really stick until the late 90’s, early 00’s. I remember my first encounter with it— the AIM profile. It could be personalized with colors, quotes, and relationships. It was a teens place to express them self.

From there, we moved onto Xanga and MySpace, blogging about our mediocre day at junior high, begging for picture comments, and fighting with friends over “Top 8” placements. As we grew and evolved, social media grew and evolved with us.

Here we sit today with numerous platforms at our fingertips. Facebook. Twitter. FourSquare. Tumblr. And because our generation grew up with an evolving social media landscape, we were forced to learn each and every aspect of it. It is true that we will forever be the generation most versed in social media.

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When I first decided that I wanted to be an advertising major at Texas, I dreamed to be a Texas Creative. The classes sounded so fun, the portfolios were amazing, and every student that made it through P3 had a loaded resume and amazing portfolio to take on job interviews.

Oh, how things can change.

One of our main assignments for the prereq for Texas Creative (Adv 325, Introduction to Creativity) was an “Idea Journal”. Needless to say, I did not score to high on it. Apparently my creativity isn’t what its supposed to be for a creative.

So this made me think. Instead of being disappointed about it, I examined my options. I thought about myself, and I asked myself if being a creative was really what I wanted to do with my career, and basically my life. The answer to that was no.

I am an internet geek. I am obsessed with any Apple gadget that hits the market… I’m still crossing my fingers I’ll have an iPad under the Christmas tree, but that’s wishful thinking. I am obsessed with social media. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare. I want to blog. And I want my blog to be read. I actually look forward to the changes in Facebook, instead of being one of the millions complaining. I’ve grown up with social media, and social media has grown up with me.

With an advertising degree and a minor in business, I think this could work. It sounds like I could have a future in internet marketing, advertising, and branding. And it would actually be something I have fun with and something I’m interested in. Which is esentially my dream job.

I don’t know how I’m going to get this blog read. I don’t know how to rack up hundreds of twitter followers. I’ve been sending out resume after resume hoping to line up some amazing internship. Follow me here. Tell your friends. This is my journey. Oh, the places I will go. Just wait.

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