BGSU telecommunication students get boost at Career Day

BOWLING GREEN, O.—The Bowling Green State University Telecommunication Student Association, in collaboration with the Department of Telecommunications and the Career Center, will host the third annual TCOM Career Day on Friday (April 4) in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

TCOM Career Day will allow current students to learn what opportunities are available to them after graduation. Not only will they hear from alumni who are currently working in their telecommunications-related fields, but also from employers who are hiring for internships or full- and part-time jobs.

“The general Career Fair on campus usually doesn’t have many media employers, and this career day brings media industry people all in one spot,” said Dr. Louisa Ha, a professor and chair of the Department of Telecommunications.

The Career Day will consist of two panel discussions. The Interviewing and Job Search Tips panel will be held from 9-10:15 a.m. The featured speakers include Debbie Alderman, associate producer for EWTN Cable TV Network; Jerry Brown, CEO of Madison Avenue Group; Susie Isophording, technical recruiter for Dedicated Technologies Inc.; Josh Surgeon, president of SixCreative; and Kristen Pierce, multimedia journalist for MyTV 20 in Detroit.

The TCOM Alumni panel, from 10:45 a.m. to noon, will focus on five areas: media business, media culture, interactive media, radio, and video/television. The speakers include Dave Dobson, associate producer at ESPN; Marie Dunn-Harris, writer and social media specialist for BGSU; Jim Filbert, Chief Operating Officer for BizNet; Chad McNeal, production director and DJ for Childers Media group, and Mark Seidel, sales manager for Time Warner Cable.

“We hope that all of the students who attend the event will walk away with a more realistic view or better insight on life in the media industry after graduating college,” said junior Melissa Belcher. “But from a student's perspective, I hope that I and many others walk away with confidence knowing that most of these people were at the same place we are now just a few short years ago, and if they could do it, then we can make a way for ourselves in this competitive industry too.” 

In the afternoon, participating companies will conduct on-site interviews at the TCOM Employer Mixer, following the Alumni Panel and lunch.

“The event has placed eight students in their current jobs or internships. Some employers such as WTOL-TV in Toledo have come every year and hired our students, with high satisfaction with their performance,” Ha said.

Undergraduate students and master’s and doctoral students in the School of Media and Communication are all invited to attend.