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Finding that first job can be a challenge for a college graduate, but advertising, public relations and marketing students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are getting some insider advice from professionals in the field this week.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Advertising and Public Relations Club is sponsoring a panel discussion, “People With Jobs.” The event will take place beginning at 5 p.m. in Copeland Hall Room 130. Panelists will include four professionals–three in the fields of advertising, public relations and marketing and one career counselor–who will give their insights on job searches and internship opportunities.
Ad/PR Club has hosted an annual job/internship panel for a number of years, but this year the group revamped the program. While this year’s event will still feature professionals talking about work experiences and expectations, “People With Jobs” will focus on specific aspects of the employment and internship process.
”This is the fifth year Ad-PR Club has sponsored a job-internship panel discussion,” said Dr. Ruth Brown, Ad/PR Club adviser. “We do it because it seems to really help the students — it motivates them to seek good internships which lead to good jobs, and it familiarizes them with the job-hunting process.”
The three professionals in the fields of advertising, public relations and marketing are all UNK graduates. Sean Weide, a 1989 Kearney State College/UNK graduate, is the public relations expert on the panel. After Weide earned a degree in news editorial and broadcast journalism, he worked as a television news producer, managing editor of a regional sports magazine, columnist and desktop publisher. He is currently the public relations director for Envoy, Inc., an advertising and public relations agency located in Omaha.
Scott Bell, a 1999 UNK graduate, holds a degree in broadcast production management and is the creative service supervisor at Charter Media in Kearney where he oversees the day-to-day duties of four producers, and writing, shooting and editing cable commercials.
Ben Rowe, a 2003 graduate with a degree in visual communications and design, worked for UNK Printing and Publications after graduating. He then did freelance work for Cinda Orr, owner of SCORR Marketing in Kearney, and now is the graphic design director with the firm.
Diana Kircher, a UNK career counselor and assistant director for Career Services, holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from North Dakota State University. Before coming to UNK, she was an admissions counselor at Eastern Wyoming College and a student services coordinator for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).