the joy of a job in interactive media

By Maggie Mullikin, Assistant Coordinator – iMedia Program

As the Assistant Coordinator in the iMedia program I have witnessed, first hand, our 2010 graduates move on from the second floor of Powell to begin their new professional lives.

I am thrilled to say that after graduating in May, many still keep in touch on a regular basis.  Each email we receive with a career update is welcome and happy news!

Whether I am promoting the program to prospective students, speaking to current students or touching base with recent graduates there is always one common thread in each conversation.  Jobs.  No matter what we begin talking about we all end up in the same place.  Who will hire me with a degree in Interactive Media? What kinds of positions exist?  How will this degree set me apart?

Over the next few months I will be writing about our 2010 graduates who have either landed or created their dream job, what it took to get where they are, and what advice they have for our class of 2011.

David Parsons is now a Multimedia Specialist with Cerebral Lounge in Washington DC.  Cerebral Lounge is a boutique-style creative services company specializing in production and post-production for commercials, special effects, and motion graphics.  http://cerebrallounge.tv/

David Parsons

David Parsons

I was in Washington recently for a PRSSA Career Fair and was able to meet with David at his office.  He imparted some words of wisdom for our current iMedia class and I would like to share them with you.

His advice for current students….

Figure out your endgame early.  A one-year program does not lend itself well to students struggling to find what they want to do after graduation.  Chart a course and think of every project, paper, and media-related activity as preparation for your future.  An amazing designer will easily be overlooked if their portfolio does not reflect their skill.  Approach every assignment as your next portfolio piece.

Learn to recognize opportunity.  Whether it is a way to learn, a way to better yourself, or to gain experience by interacting with others – opportunities will present themselves everyday.  Capitalize on the ones that will get you where you want to be.

Your professors and university staff are some of your greatest resources.  Elon’s network of alumni and supporters reaches far beyond the bubble.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, references, contacts, etc.  No one is going to make a job happen for you after you receive your diploma.  It is up to you to jockey, maneuver, and hustle your way into the job you want.  Make yourself the applicant an employer just can’t turn away.

Regarding David’s current position he told me the best part of his job is the people.  “We are a small company which allows for personal relationships to really thrive.  In this industry, you have to be able to trust the people you are working with to be able to do their jobs well and on deadline, and it is refreshing to work with these types of individuals.”

His primary responsibilities include social media strategy and implementation, encoding video for different web outlets, coding/revamping/maintaining the company website, equipment management and upkeep, and providing video editing support when necessary.

David’s boss raved about his enthusiasm, his skill set, and his industry knowledge.  None of this feedback was a surprise and it was a joy to hear!

I look forward to introducing you to our next iMedia graduate…

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