The 26th annual Career Night sponsored by the School of Communication's Office of External Programs, Internships, and Career Services (EPICS) was a tremendous success, bringing approximately 200 students to Norris University Center on Nov. 3. Four groups of panelists from career areas in radio-television-film (RTVF), advertising, marketing and public relations, and non-profit organizations shared their professional experiences with students in two sessions. Many of the panelists were alumni of the School of Communication.
"We invited alumni and friends representing a spectrum of career levels — ranging from newer alums to the CEO level — so that students could learn about the career journey from various points along the way," said EPICS director Kate Neal.
SoC alumni panelists included Kristen Kilroy (C07), a marketing associate in new product development for Discover Financial Services; Jay Sharman (C95), CEO of TeamWorks Media; and Rachael Scholten (C06), a producer for Starcom Worldwide. Some of the other prominent companies and organizations represented during Career Night by Northwestern alumni and friends include Leo Burnett USA, DraftFCB Chicago, Google, Edelman, Pepsi, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Humanities Festival, Cabrini Connections, Make-A-Wish Foundation, 20 West Productions, MTV Networks, Harpo Productions and CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
"For students who are worried about job opportunities ahead of them after graduation, the variety of professions and specializations represented went a long way to make attendees feel more comfortable about the job search and aided them building networks of their own," said senior communication studies major Matthew Spector, who attended Career Night.
Spector said he found the radio-television-film panel to be especially impressive.
"The individuals on the panel, while well-established in their media careers, talked a lot about what it means to work one's way to a job from the ground up," he said. "It's always inspiring and fascinating to hear their stories and they did a great job making those stories relevant to us."
Other School of Communication alumni participating in Career Night this year included: Katie Braun (C08), Jason Bornstein (C09), Angela Topel (C00), Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins (C94), Bradley Troast (C09), Jason Bolicki (C04), and Tom Schnecke (GC97). Other Northwestern alumni at the event were Arielle Brustein (J08), Perris Richter (J08), and Ilya Bunimovich (WCAS07).