Can I Make a Difference?
Throughout my four years at Missouri State University, I have completed countless assignments and group projects. As a marketing major, my professors often ask me over and over again to “create a cohesive marketing plan.” This means imagining working for a company and proposing a strategy that outlines how marketing can help them reach their goals.
From creating social media posts and billboards to proposing video ideas and radio ads, I have learned so much from the courses I have taken over the years. However, each project I have completed has just been for a grade. None of these ideas were ever actually put to the test by a real company.
I have created tons of content for different projects but am always left wondering , “Would this really work?” While a good grade on your transcript seems like proof of this at first, it becomes harder to believe as you think about future careers. How can you sell your skills to an employer, or believe in your own abilities when you have no evidence that your work made a difference?
For the first time, I am going to implement my ideas for the world to see. This semester I have accepted a position as a social media intern for Missouri State. I have the opportunity to use the tools I’ve learned from class in a real life job. I’m excited to not only gain experience and confidence in my field, but also to be working for a university that I love.
The Chance to Gain Experience
This opportunity has provided me with a chance to grow in many ways. It will give me a large platform to experiment with and discover how well my content performs. Working with the social media team will help me to learn new things that I can’t inside a classroom. I’m thrilled to meet new people, collaborate with them and expand my network.
From this experience, I’m hoping to gain confidence in executing the lessons I’ve learned in class. Maybe this internship will provide some insight to the questions all seniors seem to dread: Did I choose the right major? Am I talented enough to pursue a career in this field?
A School We Hold So Dear
Another big reason I’m excited to take on this job is that I’ll be working for a school I adore. As the daughter of two Missouri State alumni, I was practically raised to be a Bear. I’ve been sporting my BearWear since day one and am excited to finally make my mark at the school.
Missouri State has given me so many memories, friendships, and opportunities. I love the people and the campus, it truly feels like a home away from home. Being able to work with the university through this internship will make the job so much more fun.
Though beginning on a new adventure in your career can be nerve-racking, I am looking forward to all the opportunities it will bring. I’m proud to represent Missouri State University as I begin my journey in the marketing field.