By The Delphian Staff
When six alumni return to campus tomorrow night for the Ninth Annual Media Career Expo, they’ll be sharing the steps they took while they were still Adelphi University communications students to prepare for their current careers. In fact, one of them attended last year’s event and said it’s the reason she has her current job. But to find out her story, students will have to attend this annual event put on by The Delphian and the Department of Communications.
The Expo, taking place Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 in Blodgett 109 is for anyone interested in a potential career in magazines, newspapers, TV, film, web, marketing and publicity. It’s a chance to learn about the job marketplace and how to break in as an intern or future employee. All the speakers graduated in the last 10 years, so they will share their first-hand, up-to-date representation of what it’s like to look for a job today and what steps students can take now to shore up their resumes and gain new experiences.
The panelists include Alexandra Romero ’22, who is an instructional media specialist at Columbia University’s Columbia Video Network; Gabriel Flores ’19, who works through the local 52 Union in NYC in the electric department as a lamp operator providing light for scenes; Victoria Chiesa ’15, who is assistant managing editor for corporate communications at the United States Tennis Association; Mara Bush ’14, who works at ABC Network News for the affiliate services department; Vinny Messana, ’13, president and founder of the digital media company, Axcess Baseball; and Brett Spielberg ’13, director of strategic communications and advancement at The Waldorf School of Garden City.
“We created this event because students are so often told there aren’t any jobs out there in the communications fields or that they’re hard to find. But the fact is we have successful graduates from our program so who better to come back to give our current students advice and encouragement?” said moderator Liza N. Burby, who is a senior adjunct professor in the Communications Department and faculty advisor to The Delphian. “There are many stories of our students taking the opportunity to network at this event and winding up with jobs—and in one case, a book contract—because they immediately took our panelists’ advice to heart. If you’re looking for a job, start by attending this Expo. You’ll learn a great deal about what you can do now to prepare for your next career steps.
Bring your resume and dress in business casual. There will also be free pizza and soda. To register, email Prof. Burby at firstname.lastname@example.org.