Communication and arts management students will have a chance to network with professional’s during the Division of Communication’s annual Communication Week .
Beginning Sept. 28, the event will bring UWSP alumni to campus to speak to students about their careers. The event gives current students the opportunity to explore and learn about the many different paths others have taken and network with professionals.
Alumni presentations will be in various communication and arts management courses relating to the profession of the featured speaker. Other activities for the event include networking times with each individual speaker, where many will give advice about opportunities for students.
“Communication is a very diverse field and sometimes in students’ minds, it’s so diverse that it’s hard to imagine which kind of career path you might take,” said Timothy Halkowski, interim division head of the Division of Communication.
Maggie Marquardt, director of development for the College of Fine Arts and Communication, will be one of the many speakers during Communication Week. She is a graduate of the arts management program and hopes students take advantage of the networking time with the alumni.
“Look for people who have jobs that seem interesting to you. Ask them how they got to what they are doing now. It’s an important skill to be able to call upon people and introduce yourself and learn to make those face to face connections with people,” Marquardt said.
Aaron Krish, a 2013 graduate of the communication program, will also be speaking. Krish is currently employed as an account coordinator at public relations firm C. Blohm and Associates in Madison and is looking forward to being a source of advice for students.
“When you’re looking for a career you really have to love what you do. Don’t be afraid of trying something new. Be fearless and take a chance at a new opportunity even if you do not have a lot of experience in it,” Krish said.