March 9, 2016

Today marks the middle of spring break.  It has a bitter-sweet feeling to it.  The return to classes looms in the distance, and yet there are a few free days left.  Unfortunately those free days are going to be filled with all of the homework and studying that procrastinated on.  I always tell myself that I’m going to change my ways, but I never do!  Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator.

I haven’t had a crazy spring break.  No trips to Mexico, no days at the beach.  It has actually been raining a lot so there goes the sunny vacation every college student day-dreams of.  But, on the bright side (no pun intended) my interview went well!  On Tuesday I had a job interview for an advertising sales position.  It was more intense than I thought it would be, and I’m not even done with interview process yet.  I was given an “assignment” to go back with a prepared presentation to sell them an ad in a fictional magazine.  I have been doing some research and preparing myself, but I’ve never done anything like this before so it should be interesting.

When I was doing my research for the presentation, I thought to myself, “Have I learned anything from any of my classes that could help me with this?”  I am a communication major, so I definitely didn’t learn anything about sales.  I took a class on visual rhetoric, so I guess that’s connected to advertising?  And as far as presenting goes, I know how to speak clearly and orderly (to get an A, not a sale).  I realized that non of my classes directly connected with this scenario.  I didn’t take “Sales and Advertising 101”.  Nor did I take “How To Convince Someone You Know What You’re Doing”.

I have, however, taken Media & Society, in which my professor literally told the class “Your education isn’t going to guarantee you a job.”  And now I am really starting to see how right he was.  Sure, my college degree will show my work ethic and the well rounded aspects of my studies and knowledge, but it doesn’t tell an employer how well I will perform specific tasks.  It’s up to me to show my experiences, strengths and talents.  I think as students we expect too much from our diplomas.  My college degree won’t earn me a job, I will.  I think this is something all students have to realize.