In our continuing series on post-SU plans, Heather Renae Cosson, G ’13, lets us know how she will be using her M.S. in public relations!
1) Name, Major/degree: Heather Renae Cosson – M.S. in Public Relations
I have always been a social and opinionated person. I chose to embrace this and jump into public relations and communications. While earning my master’s degree, I worked with a PR agency in NYC. I enjoyed working there, but I knew something was missing.
That same summer, I attended a conference where President Bill Clinton spoke about mutual cooperation and bringing communities together to solve problems. Everything clicked. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work toward something greater. After meeting the team at National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, I had found my “something greater”. I joined the fight to end senior hunger.
When I’m not working, I spend my free time trying out new recipes, exploring museums and playing with my new puppy. I am also slightly addicted to coffee and Twitter.
2) What are you doing after graduation? I will be the communications associate for the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. It’s a new nonprofit in the DC area that spun off from Meals on Wheels America.
3) What tip do you have for those job searching? Network! I know everyone says this, but it really is the most important step. Talk to the people you know and let them know what you’re trying to do. Don’t ask them for a job. They usually can’t give you a job, but if they know what type of job you’re looking for, they can keep an eye out for opportunities.
Update your LinkedIn profile. Add relevant courses and projects you’ve worked on. Make it easy for recruiters to find you.
Do not stop applying for jobs. Getting an interview is wonderful, but it does not mean you’ve been offered a job. Don’t stop.
4) How did Career Services help you? I used Career Services many times for resume and cover letter review. It helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look over your resume. A resume is how you sell yourself; take the time to get a second or third opinion on it.
Thank you Heather for sharing your post-grad plans. Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!