The Road To My Career
When I graduated from college I didn’t really know where I wanted to live, or what I wanted to do. I had graduated with a degree in Communications, which is kind of like saying I like American food. Unspecific and vague to say the least! After living in Australia, working at a multiple restaurants and and insurance brokerage I stumbled into a position at CooperVision as a Digital Marketing Consultant. At first I joked with my friends and family that I got to play on Facebook all day, but was quick to find the depth, complexity and effectiveness that digital marketing provides.
What I Learned
Although I continue to work in digital marketing, I was excited to take Digital Marketing class because there is sooo much to learn in this field! You may think you have a good grasp on everything one day, and then Google will make an algorithm change and then ya don’t! I don’t have the opportunity to design websites at work, so I thought it was really interesting to look at Google Analytics and learn how to create different campaigns to keep track of each marketing campaign that was setup.
But The Final Presentations!
Okay, so no one gets excited about creating a final presentation, or a marketing plan and with that point, I will say that I certainly was not excited about this assignment. However, as time consuming and mind boggling and this exercise may be, it is extremely helpful going back to what we learned in 505 and creating a digital marketing plan for a company other than our client. This really helped to solidify the process in my mind and also reminded me of a few things that we had learned in the more fundamental classes. Super super helpful!!
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Photo Journalism – A Career on the Front Lines
Photographers try to blend technology and art to create an image, capture a moment, bring inspiration or emotion to an advertisement or document an event. From engineering to photojournalism careers are launched and made. From the Vietnam War to Afghanistan to Syria, photo journalists are on the front lines bringing us firsthand accounts of news worthy events. The digital era coupled with telecommunications brings us to the front lines immediately, in real time.
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Continuing with the I AM NIKON http://blog.iamnikon.com/en_GB/ blog posts we learn about modern day photojournalists like Kadir Van Lohuizen and how he uses digital photography to raise awareness of global conflicts and events. He has co-founded NOOR http://noorimages.com/ , an international non-profit photo agency that provides a visual history of humanity and aims to educate people about the world we live in.
My passion for photography started nearly 40 years ago when I purchased my first single lens reflext (SLR) 35mm film camera. It continued through education at Kodak and RIT and spanned two decades at Eastman Kodak. Along the way, around 1997, I was introduced to digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and the endless possibilities that came from digital technology.
Throughout my career I have met many great photographers and photo journalists and I encourage anyone who is interested in technology, travel, current events and social awareness to consider this field. Photojournalists know how to record history add emotion to photographs and leave an indelible mark in our minds. They capture images that tell a newsworthy or entertaining story. As the images in this blog post suggest, the photo journalist often puts their life in danger to tell the story that must be communicated.
Simply stated, we owe them our gratitude for bringing us the messages from afar.
As a woman in my early twenties, I find myself searching articles on Ms. Career Girl for life advice. This great blog features articles from different authors on topics such as life after college, career advice, relationship help and resume critiquing.
Why I love it
Ms. Career Girl is written for women by women. The authors are in a similar stage of life as me, so it is an incredibly relatable blog. It’s a one-stop shop for any young woman in her early twenties looking for some advice in all aspects of life.
Notable sections on the blog include:
- Career Confessions
- Travel & Leisure
- Resume Optimization Tool
All sections on the blog have multiple contributing authors to give a wide range of advice and expertise.
Should I Check it Out?
Absolutely! If you’re a woman in your twenties, this blog is definitely for you. Ms. Career Girl started this blog to help confused post grads navigate the real world. Any question you may have will most likely be answered in one of the articles found on her site.
While the content on the blog is great, the look could use a little updating. The word “cutesy” comes to mind when looking at the graphics on this site. In my opinion, the logo is relevant but could be better and the site contains too much pink.
It is a for-profit blog, you can tell based on the amount of advertisements. They even advertise to advertise with them. I prefer blogs without advertisements, to me it shows the passion the writer has for the subject matter instead of the desire to make a buck.
I don’t let these minor details distract me from the excellent content, you should check out the blog and follow them on Twitter!