Success Stories: Weston
How have you benefited from using the Career Center services?
The Career Center gave me the tools and resources I needed to take on my professional dreams. Through working with my Career Consultant and other Career Center staff, I was given countless networking opportunities that eventually gave me the connections I needed to land the perfect internship. As a Film, TV and Digital Media major, I am interested in one of the hardest industries to break into so when the Career Center offered events and networking opportunities to meet real industry professional it was monumental in gaining access and insight into my career goals.
How did working with the Career Center impact your internship/job search?
They always make sure that we knew about the timelines and postings for internships and jobs in the Film, TV, and Media industries. Additionally, the staff worked closely with me in resume development and crafting my cover letters before I even applied to any positions to make sure that I had all of the tools I needed for success.
What was the most helpful advice given to you by the Career Center?
You cannot give up on your dreams. It takes continuous hard work, networking, applying, and a good amount of luck to break into a competitive market like Film and TV. If it wasn’t for the Career Center’s continued support I would have given up long before I even applied for the position I received. Their consistent encouragement helped me through what I would agrue was one of the most difficult processes I have ever gone through.
What challenges were you facing and how did the Career Center help you solve them or motivate you to solve them?
One of the hardest challenges I faced was rejection. It is hard to keep throwing yourself out there after 20, 30, or even 70+ applications in my case with out even getting an email response. Through it all, the Career Center staff knew that I had what it takes to keep going even when I doubted myself. As they taught me, if you have done all of the right things, at the right time, sometimes you just have to wait for the right outcome.
What advice would you give others facing the same challenges you did?
Never give up on what you want in your career. With enough help from the resources you are given at TCU, almost anything can happen. Use the Career Center to your advantage, they have way more resources, contacts, and connections than you might think. And don’t be mistaken, it’s not just for business majors. Trust me they know a lot of really really cool people doing really really cool things.
Where there any specific events you went to that were beneficial? If so which one and why was it helpful?
The Career and Intern Expo is the most important event to attend if you want to find a job or internship, but it’s not the only way to start your career journey. Fall of my junior year a notable alumni was on campus and gave an information session in regards to the industry that was put on through the Career Center. This meeting started my relationship with this alum, that eventually led me to meeting the recruiters, that eventually landed me my internship at 20th Century Fox. You never know what one event or action can do for your career.