“Make sure you are networking, not only to get a job but to get tips and advice that they can give you to get to where they are now.” –Favour Nwachukwu
Favour Nwachukwu is an Organizational Communications Specialist for GE Aviation, her first full time position after graduating from Emory University in 2019. AdPR Academy gave her an inside view on the different areas of communications such as advertising, public relations, and social media. The Academy allowed her to see the behind the scenes of the field and the people responsible for certain advertisements she was familiar with, ultimately helping her decide what she wanted to do next. These two components of the program made her transition into the communications field easier. Favour’s advice for current students is two-fold for 1) career prep and 2) actual career. Regarding career prep, she recommends to have your LinkedIn profile fully populated and updated, and network. When in your job, she advises to always be a lifelong learner, and not be afraid to speak up. In her role as an organizational communications specialist she is part of the internal communications team and the community relations team. She is thankful to AdPR Academy for allowing her to explore the different career paths within the communications field and network with professionals.
“Get involved… because that is where the biggest opportunities arise.” –Niguel Anthony
Niguel Anthony is the Partner/Vendor Project Lead at Verizon located in Alpharetta, GA. He graduated form Clark Atlanta University in 2018. Niguel secured his former role as a member relations specialist at Aliera Healthcare Inc through maintaining a strong relationship with a department head from another local company, where he was previously employed. He credits AdPR Academy with growing his entrepreneurial spirit and for teaching him things that are beneficial for his own business. He advises current students to get involved. Niguel encourages being active in school professional clubs like PRSSA, interning at different companies and agencies, or participating in programs such as AdPR Academy, because that is where the biggest opportunities arise. A major learning from his former healthcare role has been the immediacy, type and frequency of communication that is essential for the public broadly and key groups. It is unmatched compared to other industries.
“Don’t wait for permission. The path that lies ahead of you is going to be driven by you now.” –Orlando Pimental
Orlando Pimental is a Research Associate at Hart Research Associates located in Washington, DC. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2017, he entered the creative space. He transitioned into research after discovering that the creative path was not fulfilling his desires of being able to tell stories. He credits AdPR Academy with allowing him to put his education into practice and get an idea for how it is in the field. Additionally, the Academy built his confidence in being among professionals and allowed him to see professionals that looked like him. He advises current students to be a good teammate, do not wait for permission, and if it challenges you it will make you grow. Orlando encourages being easy to work with by being cooperative, making opportunities for yourself, and pushing yourself forward. At Orlando’s current job he manages and fields surveys for a variety of clients ranging from the political space to nonprofits to social advocacy to private companies. Being a research associate allows him to tell stories executing his own vision rather than executing the vision of others. His ultimate career goal is to apply his skills to lead teams in making strategic decisions.
“Confidence is half the battle when entering a new workplace or during an interview.” –Treajour Abrams
Treajour Abrams is a Media Sales Traffic Coordinator for Charter Communications. She graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2017. AdPR Academy helped build her confidence as a young professional. The Academy created the space for her to have insightful conversations with veterans in the industry and gained a well-rounded knowledge about advertising and PR. These two components of the program made her transition into the workplace easier. Treajour’s advice for current students is to take advantage of the new roles that are being created in the industry and to find someone who has fulfilled a role you desire. Seek these professionals out and build a relationship. Her first full-time role as a traffic specialist taught her about orders, commercial spots and rules, TV zone, scheduling the spots and how to bill the clients. She is thankful to AdPR Academy for allowing her to grow professionally and start her career with valuable relationships and skills.