Friday, September 16, 2011

Saying Goodbye

It's a gloomy day at Career Services as our Social Media/Marketing Assistant, Samantha, is leaving us. She started working in Career Services as a Career Assistant in 2009 and has worked up the ranks while completing her Visual Arts/ Interactive Arts and Science degree. After graduating in June 2011, and working at Career Services over the summer, it will be sad to see her go. Before my departure, I interviewed her on her next career steps:

What did you enjoy most about working in Career Services?
The past two years at Career Services has been the best overall experience Brock University has had to offer me - hands down. Although training threw some curve balls at me I was able to develop professionally and became the career guru amongst my group of friends. I'm thankful for the time I've been given here and the various opportunities I've been involved with. Aside from the invaluable information I've gained, I've also created some great memories with amazing people.

If you could give new Brock students one piece of advice what would it be?
Explore your options and always have a back-up plan!
So many students are unaware of the opportunities available to them. Whether it involves work, clubs or sports get involved at Brock and within your community to get the most of everything.
In reference to career options always have a back-up plan. I've seen students so confused after their rejection from Med school or whatever - have a plan for any situation and save yourself the tears.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Professionally speaking I'd like to have developed a specialization for myself in a respectable business that allows me to utilize a variety of creative and analytic skills on a daily basis. I can't pin-point exactly where in the world I'll be; as much as I love St. Catharines I'm still up for exploring. I've grown a keen interest in marketing and advertising during my last few years at Brock. The fact I watch more commercials than tv shows could have something to do with it.

What would your dream job be?
I can't say I have one specific dream job - but it would definitely involve a mix of meticulous design work, getting my hands dirty and solving situations with creative thinking. As much as I dream of story-boarding the next Adidas soccer commercial in a foreign country, I'd be very proud to  hold a position with a company/organization that really makes a difference in the world.
But let's be realistic... right now my dream job would include a salary, health benefits and vacation time haha!

What is your favourite movie?
It's tough to pick when you're practically a movie addict but... I think one that I'll never tire from is Toy Story. Disney definitely brought a real sense of magic to the series and the fact it grew up with me makes it so much better. And yes, my Toy Story beach towel, lego alien keychain and Woody & Buzz wall clock are priceless.
I will never forget working with Sam as a Career Assistant. She was always so helpful to students and extremely approachable. She also brought the best Italian snacks to our weekly meetings. Her skills designing material are second to none and she has always been so creative when it comes to promotions and visual art. Wherever Sam ends up next, the organization will be lucky to have her. From all of us at Career Services, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Make sure to keep in touch!

- Rachel


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