Alumni: 'Don't be Afraid to
Three alumni from
the School of Communications shared career stories with
current students Oct. 26 in a question-and-answer forum meant
to help Elon seniors preparing to search for their first jobs
Erica Stanley, Cindy Beidel and Lauren Cooper graduated in
2002 and visited campus to take part in Homecoming 2007
festivities. Their first piece of advice? Don't be afraid
to network with other Elon alumni, even if that means
"cold calling" people when you first move to a new
city, and never forget to thank them for their
"A handwritten note?" said Cooper, who today works
for a communications firm that works with Democratic
political candidates and advocacy groups. "I've been
told that's what made a difference when me and another
job candidate were (equally qualified)."
Beidel, a publicist for the National Geographic company,
encouraged students to apply for internships--even if it
seems heavy competition exists-- because finding out what you
don't want to do for a career is just as important as
learning what you do want.
And once an internship ends, keep in touch with former
"It is all about connections," Beidel said.
"I can not tell you how much you're going to
appreciate them. And stay in frequent contact, not just when
you need something."
The three women offered additional advice for current
1.) Study abroad,
2.) Seek leadership roles in select student groups rather
than spread your time over many activities.
3.) Start a Rolodex now of people you meet, and on the back
of each business card or entry, write a short note indicating
when and where you met the person.
4.) Stay in touch with professors and classmates. Networking
opportunities abound, and you never know when a former
instructor, or old roommate, might pass along job