October 22 – Recent Grad Panel | Pat, Erin, Sara, Sarah and Taylor

Scripps PRSSA was more than pleased to welcome five recent OHIO graduates and PRSSA alumni to speak with our Chapter. Today’s meeting follows Homecoming weekend and Scripps PRSSA’s Family Reunion breakfast where we welcomed many of these speakers hOUme!

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Pat Nemeth

Pat is a spring 2018 graduate and currently works at PR Newswire as a New Member Representative.He helps onboard new members, and helps find the best way to achieve their communications goals through our distribution and media monitoring platforms. He had also interned with PR Newswire the summer after his junior year. While at OHIO, Pat was involved with PRSSA and ImPRessions.Screen Shot 2018-10-22 at 10.24.40 AM.png

Erin McMahon

Erin is a spring 2018 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where she studied Journalism Strategic Communication. She currently works as a Media Relations Specialist at Walker Sands Communications, a B2B technology public relations firm, in Chicago, Illinois. During her time at Scripps, Erin served as vice president of Scripps PRSSA and Communications Manager at Campus Recreation.

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Sara is a spring 2018 graduate with two degrees, one in Journalism Strategic Communication and another in Creative Writing. Sara now lives in Austin, Texas and works for Main Street Hub, a GoDaddy company, as a Content Specialist. She has held internships with social media for her father’s company, writing for College Fashionista and public affairs for CLS Strategies in Washington D.C.. At OHIO, Sara was the treasurer of Scripps PRSSA, the public relations director for Student Senate, and the president of The Lost Flamingo Theatre Company and the social media manager for the Division of Student Affairs. Next year Sara will be returning back to school to pursue her masters degree in higher education.

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Sarah currently works at a social media management company called Sprinklr in their paid advertising department. She works with about 80 clients, alongside her boss, to help each individual business maximize their paid social media goals through Sprinklr’s capabilities, along with the native social media platforms. In addition, she freelances social media content for marketing executives.

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Taylor is a spring 2018 graduate of the Journalism School and studied strategic communication, minored in marketing and earned a social media certificate. In undergrad, she served as the president of Scripps PRSSA and was a morale captain for BobcaThon. She is currently in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at Ohio university and works as a graduate assistant advisor in the Allen Student Advising Center.

Here are some takeaways:

  • “Just try to find little ways to get experience when you can.” Taylor Dilley on putting yourself out there.
  • “When I was looking for a job my senior year, I stayed in contact with people I knew from PR Newswire, and that sort of just led to my job.” Pat Nemeth talking about how his internship turned into a post-grad job.
  • Growth mindset is about not letting yourself give up after a string of lows, it’s about taking those lessons and turning them into strategies for reaching your goals. – Taylor Dilley on her work with undergraduate students in her graduate program.
  • “I work with companies in retail, hospitality, food and pretty much industry you can think of. I get to really see how the back-end works and see how they can customize our tools to help them.” – Sarah Kelley on her role at Sprinklr where she works with over 80 clients.

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  • “Day to day, selling PR is sort of what I’d call it. They [PR Newswire clients] have a ton of problems and we have a ton of solutions.” Pat Nemeth on his role at PR Newswire. Strategic communication professionals have to exercise flexibility and critical thinking every day.
  • “I work with reporters to help them develop story ideas in ways that incorporate our [Walker Sands] clients.” Erin McMahon on how her job in Chicago revolves around telling meaningful stories that costumers connect with.
  • “Figure out what kind of positions I’m interested in and search for those key words in cities I like.” – Sara Defibaugh on her experience searching for a job. She reminds us that worrying the days away as post-grad approaches is not worth it, because everything will work out.

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  • “It more about networking and being real with people. Things like that are going to get you so much farther than just a LinkedIn message here and there.” Pat Nemeth on how he found success from interacting with companies he was interested in on a face to face and personal level.
  • “Apply to what you want, but find out people who work at that company and see if you can talk to them.” Sarah Kelley on how the Bobcat network and reaching out to people goes such a long way.

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  • “For juniors going into senior year, be picky out the internships you get. Pick an internship that you are pretty confident that you’re going to love.” – Erin McMahon on how the job search does not need to start too early and that being deliberate in what you are pursuing is important.
  • “Measuring your success against everyone else’s is always going to make you feel less than.” – Taylor Dilley on how life will make you feel behind sometimes, but you have a path to follow and you should embrace that.
  • “You realize when you become an adult, this life is yours. You need to do stuff that sincerely makes you happy.” Sara Defibaugh on owning your worth and making decisions for yourself.

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Cade Fleming is a junior Journalism-Strategic Communication major and current Scripps PRSSA VP of PR. Keep up with him on Twitter @cade_fleming

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