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School of Communication hosts successful Career Night

The 27th annual Career Night sponsored by the School of Communication’s Office of External Programs, Internships, and Career Services (EPICS) was once again a success, bringing more than 150 students to Norris University Center on Nov. 2. Three groups of panelists from career areas in radio-television-film (RTVF), advertising and ad sales, and marketing and public relations shared their professional experiences with students in two sessions. Many of the panelists were alumni of the School of Communication.

“Career Night was really a great opportunity to meet industry professionals, pick their brains, and see if my career goals aligned with what they spoke about,” said radio-television-film sophomore Alec Ziff.

SoC alumni panelists included Mallory Jackson (C10), an assistant media planner for Draftfcb Chicago/MC Media; Kira Romansky (C07), senior associate in delivery management for Digitas; and Jason Bolicki (C04), director of development for 20 West Productions. Some of the other prominent companies and organizations represented during Career Night by Northwestern alumni and friends included Liquid Thread, Google Inc., Susan Fredman Design Group, Edelman, The Nielsen Company, Margie Korshak Inc., Mindshare, Kartemquin Films, Clear Channel Radio, MTV Networks Advertising and WGN TV.

“The panelists were truly fascinating industry professionals who provided great insight into the work world,” Ziff said, adding that he found the radio-television-film panel to be especially impressive as it represented diverse components of the industry, allowing him to see “what would be a good fit” for him career-wise.

“I learned many interesting and informative details about the independent film industry, non-fiction television programming, radio, and mainstream Chicago sports television programming,” he said.

“I particularly enjoyed the advertising panel,” said communications studies sophomore Lauren Ressel, who also studies in programs in the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences and in the Medill School of Journalism. “As a student in the IMC certificate program, the advice that they had was very relevant to my potential career path. Career Night gave me a great idea of what each company uniquely had to offer and an insider’s perspective of the daily lives of their employees.”

Matt Pacult, a senior radio-television-film major, also enjoyed the advertising panel. “They provided a very specific insight into the attitude, work ethic, and culture that surrounded their various marketing positions,” he said. “They specifically highlighted how the culture is as important as the job itself, and that I should put myself in an environment that befits my personality type. I loved all the panels, however, and am very appreciative to the panelists for coming.”

Other School of Communication alumni participating in Career Night this year included: Rachel Scholten (C06), Debbie Yip (C10), Jamie Fields (C04), Jerilan Greene (C96, K08), Liezl Rivadelo (C10), Jenny Topolosky (C04), Maria Finitzo (C08), Rachel Pikekny (C05) and Bob Vorwald (C84, GC95).