The Bobcat Advantage
By: Ashley Spencer
What does it really mean to “bleed” green and white? Scripps alumni take this concept to a whole new level out in the work force. It’s hard to tell how deep the bobcat network runs, but school pride can give you major connections when it comes to reeling in a job. “I can’t encourage students enough to take time to meet working alumni in their field of interest,” says Daniel Farkas, a visiting instructor at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. “Personally, many of my professional opportunities started with some link to an Ohio alum.”
How to Connect:
1) The first step, if you haven’t done so already, is to get involved with as many student organizations as possible. Commit to a couple within your major and strive to achieve a leadership role. Go to the socials, talk with the advisor, make a connection with the president and run for an executive board position. Don’t let your age be a deterrent. You can learn a great deal from the people in your student organizations. Consider your peers mentors. They want to help you succeed.
2) Organizations often bring in guest speakers who have a connection to Ohio University or Scripps. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask plenty of questions. Usually they will give out their contact information. Utilize it when you are hunting for internships or job opportunities. Send them Christmas cards and drop them an email just to say hello. Make yourself unforgettable and they won’t have a choice but to remember your name when they run across your internship or job application.
3) Go on a few trips with your student organizations. Scripps offers several opportunities to excel in each of their programs. Using alumni connections, students in organizations such as Ohio University Advertising Association were able to tour major advertising corporations in both New York City and Chicago. Student journalists from Scripps have also had the opportunity to travel abroad to Leipzig, Germany to learn about reporting. “I loved building relationships with my fellow Scripps students and professors in such a unique atmosphere,” comments Stephanie Gort, an upcoming junior selected to go to Leipzig during the summer of 2012. “A whirlwind of cultural and professional challenges helped me to grow individually as an adult and journalist; I definitely recommend any student to study abroad for a chance to learn about themselves while engulfed among a different culture.” Connecting with these people on trips can be a life changing experience. Stay in touch with them and help them out if they ever ask.
How to Get the Most of It:
Stay in touch with friends and instructors you meet at Scripps. Create a Linked In profile, make a professional Twitter account and get connected to the friends you have in student organizations. Talk to your professors. Go to their office hours and never be afraid to ask for advice or a recommendation. Connect with them on your professional social media profiles as well. They were once a part of the work force and have connections that could take you places.
By following @scrippsjschool on Twitter, you can get updates from people looking for interns or seeking employees they can trust. Alumni know just how hard it is to get accepted into Scripps and how challenging the program can be. Being able to graduate with a degree from E.W. Scripps and Ohio University says a lot about your character and work ethic.
Follow @profstewartrk and @OHIOAlumni to get the scoop on what’s going on around campus, professional tips for the work force and any new job postings, internships or upcoming events that may be of interest. Often times, alumni will utilize twitter to get the word out about new job postings. You don’t want to leave E.W. Scripps without taking advantage of this opportunity to connect.
Being a part of such a diverse, intertwined community gives students and alumni a monumental advantage. Make sure to make the most of your time at Scripps by connecting with students, staff and alumni and the long hours spent studying will be well worth it.