IU Networking Night: Media & Entertainment

As I mentioned in a previous post, each semester, the IU Alumni Association (IUAA), in partnership with the Student Alumni Association (SAA), organizes a series of Networking Nights. An opportunity for students to interact with professionals across specific industries, Networking Nights feature a panel of relevant guest speakers who discuss their unique career paths and share advice for students entering the world of work.

Tonight I attended the Media & Entertainment Networking Night at IU. As with the last panel, participants had a variety of experience, ranging from production to promotions, programming, and publicity.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Melissa Hook, Promotion Coordinator for WISH-TV in Indianapolis. During the panel she mentioned her background in public relations, and spoke of her seamless transition between public relations into promotions. She spoke of her innate desire to interact with people, and the importance of creating sincere and lasting connections with people; two points that resonated with me on a level I couldn’t have predicted.

At the conclusion of the panel, I thanked her for coming, and told her that essentially, she’s living my dream; doing something she she loves and doing it well. She reminded me that the beauty is in the process. After the job hunting, and the networking, and the interviewing winds down, I’ll have the opportunity to do what I love and do it well— and that’s the ultimate gift.


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