Communication Department to Hold Career Day

By: Amelia Rose Zimlich | Managing Editor | arz1722@jagmail.southalabama.edu

The Communication Department will be holding its annual Communication Career Day at the Student Center on Nov. 4.

“We want our students to be inspired, create conversations about their future and hopefully bring a little clarity to their personal career goals,” said Nadia Bush, a professor in the Communication department. “Our department cares about our students’ futures and hosting Communication Career Day is one way we show it.” Bush says the department has been participating in the event for over 25 years.

Communication Career Day will feature several events aimed at career development, including a South Alabama alumni panel, a networking and mentoring hour with dozens of professionals, two career services workshops and a keynote presentation by John Archibald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist from Alabama Media Group. The event is free, and students of all majors are invited to participate.

“The Networking and Mentoring Hour allows students an opportunity to learn about specific communication careers students as they move from table to table asking questions and receiving one-on-one career advice in a format similar to speed dating,” said Bush. “This gives them a chance to meet five to six professionals in one hour.”

Representatives from various organizations such as iHeart Media, WKRG-TV News 5, South Alabama Athletics, Southern View Media, FOX10 News, Lewis Communications, Distinguished Young Women, WPMI NBC 15, Crew Fitness and SquareUp Media will be present at the networking and mentoring hour. 

Bush says that the event offers students a chance to learn more about the different communication careers attending professionals represent and also helps students who may be unsure of their career path. 

“It is an opportunity for students to meet and network with a variety of professionals in diverse career fields who may also be department alumni,” said Bush. “From professionals, students receive career guidance, learn about college experiences, lessons learned as a professional, interviewing, professionalism and networking strategies.”

Communication Career Day will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their current resumes.