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The 8th Annual AMBLE/OCS Spring Career Conference, held on February 22, 2014, showcased media and entertainment, fashion, and marketing panelists—as well as pathways into the field.
Media & Entertainment
The panel consisted of professionals with years of experience at Forbes, ESPN, CNN, ABC News, and the New York Times.
Getting ready to find and begin a new job? Jennifer Jenkins, Harvard College alum currently working as the director of operations at ESPN’s Remote Operations department, told students to do what they do well, work hard, and be ready to spend nights sleeping under desks.
Most of the panelists did not have a clear view of their career goals while they were college students. Susie Banikarim, a network television and video producer, told students not to expect that what they do after graduation will determine their future in ten or twenty years. Pulitzer Prize winning author Diane McWhorter believes that everyone will hit a turning point in his or her life, and at that point, “things will come clearer because you will start seeing the past as the past and not as the sum of everything you are.”
Q: How do we address the new trend in journalism and media—in which websites drive television?
Web presence has become the most important thing, and the fight to be first rather than right has only intensified. Addressing the concerns for those who think they may be interested in journalism, Ms. McWhorter and Ms. Banikarim provided invaluable advice. “Have the courage to stick to your principles. Do not compromise on integrity; there is a reason why you are not politicians,” stated Ms. McWhorter while expressing concern that aspiring journalists may receive bad training on simply making themselves shine through. Ms. Banikarim encouraged aspiring journalists to not sacrifice the fun part of journalism by just sitting at their desks.
I recently had the pleasure of going on the 2014 Harvard Fashion & Beauty Trek, a joint initiative between the Office of Career Services and the Harvard Alumni Association. What follows is a summary of the information gleaned during our visits to Bloomingdale’s, Tory Burch, L’Oreal, and Conde Nast.
5 Tips for Getting Your Start in Publishing and Journalism
1. Start writing now.
If your goal is to be a writer or an editor, you need to gain experience. Start your own blog or write for a publication on campus, such as the Harvard Crimson. You should be able to showcase your writing to potential employers by creating a portfolio. Don’t assume that your writing career will start at the publishing house.
2. Know which magazine you want to write for and why.
You want to work for Vogue? Why? You want to work for Harper’s Bazaar? Why? What are the differences between the two magazines? You should understand the mission, audience, etc. of each magazine brand, and be prepared to state why that particular magazine appeals to you. Don’t expect to be hired if you have never picked up a copy of the magazine.
3. Decide whether want to be on the business or the editorial side.
Think about whether you would like to work on the business side of the magazine which includes advertising and marketing—or on the editorial side. You should be able to articulate why you chose that particular area and showcase any relevant experience.
4. Know who you are and how you fit in.
You should have a clear understanding of what knowledge, skills, and talents you can bring to the position. Think about how you can be the solution to their problems and challenges.
5. Understand that hiring is a process.
Hiring is a process, and you should exercise patience throughout. If you don’t get the position the first time, be sure to handle the rejection graciously. Things change, and if a position opens up in the future, you want to be remembered for the positive impressions you made. Lastly, be sure to send both a handwritten and an e-mail thank you note to your interviewer(s)!
Considering a career related to environmental causes, energy, or sustainability? OCS adviser Anthony Arcieri has leveraged the expertise of Eleanor Fort, an associate for state and federal climate and energy policy program at CERES; read below for Eleanor’s advice about entering the industry.
Q: How do students find out about jobs/internship opportunities in your field?
I would go to organization’s websites, sign up for their newsletters, follow them on Linkedin. Look for groups that you have heard about and then look at the other groups they list as partners. Networking is critical and informational interviews can be really helpful and can pay off in the long-run. Go to events and public hearings. Volunteer with a campaign. When you meet someone who is doing something interesting, ask if they have time to get coffee and then ask them who else they know who you could get coffee with. You should be drinking a lot of coffee when you’re job searching.
Q: Where do you see growth opportunities in your field?
Climate and energy policy, as well as business sustainability, two areas that my job bridges, are going to be growing in the coming years. Businesses are increasingly integrating sustainability across departments. Although progress has not moved quickly enough, in my opinion, on climate policy in the US, I believe we are at a turning point where policymakers are increasingly motivated to address the issue.
OCS student blogger Julia Eger attended Design Across the Spectrum (featuring Chris Grison, owner and landscape designer, Dianthus Garden Services; Katiti Kironde, fashion designer, Katiti; Paul Sabin, principal, Fikst Product Development; Jennifer Sarich-Harvey, senior interaction designer, IDEO; and Felice Silverman, principal, Silverman Trykowski Associates) and distilled these seven essential tips for the design field.
1. Get your foot in the door.
The market right now is really hot; interns and young designers are sought after. You might not have as much experience just yet, but get into the industry in whatever way you can. In some firms, the majority of the employees are hired through a consultancy or an internship.
2. Start out small.
Starting out at a small firm will likely allow you to do something more productive earlier in your career. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Try out a bunch of projects first to figure out what you like the best.
3. You probably have a lot more skills than you think.
If you have some design skills or software skills, you’re quite marketable in the design world. Don’t sell yourself short!
4. Take your smarts to your work.
If you have passion, you can’t go with “I don’t do Windows” or “I don’t do that.” You can do it all, and you can probably do it better than it’s being done right now. All design is driven by principles and elements. You need to learn and understand them if you’re going to be successful.
Cynthia Meng ‘15
Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Before I came to Germany, I remember telling myself that these three months would change my life because I would finally get a chance to live on my own and be by myself for a change. After nineteen years of either living under my parents’ roof or sleeping under Harvard’s, I relished the chance to seize my independence. Cook for myself. Work by myself. Travel by myself.
It’s a fantasy I like to play out in my head — the lone traveler, surviving on her own wits and skill. Looking back, though, I realize that I’ve in fact survived here in spite of my so-called wits and skill, constantly saved by the kindness of people around me. Nothing puts you at the mercy of others like being in a foreign country does. You depend on others entirely to show you what is custom and what is not, to give you directions in the seedy part of town after you’ve taken a wrong train, to tell you how to speak like you’re not just coming out of a first-year German class.
Anne Marie Creighton
When my host family invited me along, I had agreed without knowing what I was agreeing to. I had recently arrived, and my Spanish was a work in progress. I understood the date, and time, but when we hopped in the taxi across town, I still didn’t know what I was going to see.
It was the end of fall in Lima, before the months-long mist of winter rolled in above the city, and the moon was out. The folding chairs in front of the stage were full, so we joined the group standing behind. Movement milled through the half-open gymnasium. Children went to play, parents following. Stands along the back sold every variety of Peruvian street food—I remember sausages, cotton candy, and flash-fried doughnuts with passionfruit syrup. It was already the liveliest elementary and middle-school talent show I had ever seen.
The MC, a teacher, walked to the microphone in heels and smiles, saying how proud she was of all the students’ talent, how grateful she was that all the parents had come. She was a familiar type; the act that followed was not.
They say opportunity happens when you’re in the right place at the right time; this couldn’t be more true for Rachel Silverman, Harvard alum, Wall Street Journal reporter, and current fellow at the Nieman Foundation.
An unexpected pathway
Like many students, Rachel had a dream of one day going to med school, so she studied history of science as an undergraduate. Her big break with journalism came by accident, when she took up a part time job as a research assistant. “I did research on obscure letters for a couple who did not have access to the Harvard College library system. In those days, we didn’t have Google, so I did not know who the couple was. After finishing my research, which I enjoyed, I got a phone call from my boss telling me that he was an editor at the Wall Street Journal, and he was inviting me to do a summer internship at the WSJ offices in New York City,” recalled Rachel. Nonetheless, because she was focused on going to med school, Rachel declined the offer and opted to travel to Latin America on a scholarship. After a year in Latin America, Rachel found herself unsure about what to do in life; when her previous boss called again and offered her a different project—this time—she accepted the offer, and 16 years later, she’s still at the publication.
“My first project was to do research on the past 1,000 years of business errors. I had to start at the bottom and slowly make my way to the top. I started with writing the fluffy stories on cats and that type of thing,” said Rachel, recalling her first assignments as a business reporter.
"The term “primary care” was not even widely used until the 1960s. As defined by J. Millis in a 1966 report, primary care physicians needed to focus “not upon individual organs and systems but upon the whole man… (and) serve as the primary medical resource and counselor to an individual or a family.” This was a new and even controversial statement, as medical education had gone from preparing generalist physicians to specialists, since the 1780s when HMS was founded." Read more.
From images of Mario, everyone’s favorite plumber, to shots of Bart Simpson, TV’s quintessential trouble-maker, to the beautiful landscapes that make up the worlds of Skyrim, Hyrule, and so many others, animation has certainly taken an entertainment-minded world by storm! Many aspiring young scientists love art, but finding a way to reconcile and combine these left-versus-right-brained pursuits often proves to be a difficult task.
One possibility is animation! Using your ability to model and sculpt in a computer-animated environment or draw and sketch on paper, you can combine your passions for science and art. But how does one get started?
At the Animation and Gaming panel, four specialists came together to give their advice on the field of animation. Carl Adams (Clambake Animation), Hanna Bliss (Soup2Nuts), Chris Hsu (Clambake), and Daniel Muller (New England Journal of Medicine) dished out the following:
Tips to scoring an entry-level position and being a great animator
Adams: It’s important to be organized! The job search is a lot of hustle and networking. When you talk to somebody, write down their name as well as when you talked to them. In addition, join groups that come together to talk about animation and animation job openings. They’re valuable resources.
Bliss: A lot about the field can be learned by just jumping into the game!
Alaina Murphy ‘14
Green School and Ibuku/PT Bamboo Pure
I spent the summer of 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. It is a land of beauty, art, and magic if this is how you choose to see it (and if so, isn’t at all difficult to see it this way). I left home on June 4 slightly broken – and returned home August 16 more mended than I have felt in quite some time.
There is power in knowing what you are looking for and power in not knowing at all.
What I mean by this is: For a long time I set myself on a path aiming for something that I thought I wanted. Running had become such a huge part of my life that I almost defined myself by it. As injuries followed my endeavors (always terrifically timed), I also defined myself by this brokenness as if in introduction I might as well have said, “Hi, I’m Broken.”
Kristiana Bruzgule ‘16
Harvard Summer Program
Buenos Aires, Argentina 2013
Have you noticed all the doors that Harvard opens for you? Or rather Harvard lets you open? Make an effort, and you might have a chance to see the world, and yourself, in a different light. Harvard helped me to open this door – with fear and one hundred and one thoughts running through my mind, but also a lot of excitement as I boarded the plane to Buenos Aires.
Flight Riga-Frankfurt-Buenos Aires. Thousands of miles, more than 15 hours. Different country, different continent, different hemisphere… but I was ready to learn, explore, investigate, feel, and compare. To compare with my own comfort zone I was used to for the past 19 years, and step out of it as I was eager to immerse in a different lifestyle and culture.
The Cultural and Spanish language immersion in Argentina’s historic capital program let me feel the charm of the Latin-American temperament, open-mindedness, hospitality, cuisine, and its people through various activities. It is still hard to believe how much I have learned and grown in such a relatively short amount of time. From the moment I landed in the Buenos Aires airport, I began to move closer to my goal: to significantly improve my Spanish skills and earn credits that count towards my citation.
Caught up choosing between consulting or banking? OCS recently hosted HBS master’s candidates who offered advice about which path to follow.
Consulting vs. Banking?
Although workers in both fields are known to work for very long hours, this may be the only trait that these two fields have in common. When this question was posed to panelists, they all were consistent with which field they would rather work in.
“For me, banking would have been the same sort of challenges. Consulting on the other hand offered a broader perspective. I needed to understand how business functions before going deep into something,” said Allyson Pritchett, former employee at T. Rowe Price and MBA candidate at HBS. For some, it is the thrill of working on various projects at once that attracts them to consulting. This was the case with Peter Fedchenkov, former employee at Goldman Sachs Moscow and now MBA candidate at HBS: “In consulting, you multitask between two consumers, which I loved, as opposed to banking where you have one project, and get assigned to do small things on the side, which makes it harder to succeed, and in turn creates a ‘no thinking’ environment. With consulting, because there were fewer tasks, the environment was more mentally challenging.” It is easy to figure out this when you are already working, but what are some of the expectations that are better to be familiar with before going into the field?
Writing is an essential skill. It’s something that you learn at an early age, and, to some degree, something that plays into any job. So if you want to work in a career that focuses on writing, you face a double-edged sword: there are a lot of options out there for you, but it can be hard to choose.
At OCS last week, panelists came together to discuss their various careers that incorporated their writing skills – from social media to reporting to public relations.
“My career path was almost a process of self-discovery,” said David Tannenwald, case study author for the Kennedy School while also doing outside reporting. “I used to be terrified of writing, and career choices were driven more by an interest in sports than an interest in writing. I asked myself: what do I enjoy doing even if I wasn’t forced to do it?”
Over 11% of Harvard students go into education directly after graduation. That’s a big percentage. But with so many different pathways to get to the classroom, how do they all get there?
For the first time at OCS this past Thursday, a panel of teachers came together to discuss how they began their teaching career.
There’s no “one path”
Some teachers don’t expect to go into education at all, but just find themselves drawn in by a cause.
"I did not intend to go into education when I went to school," said Molly Bryson, who now works for Teach For America. “What really started me on this path was this two-year social justice program I did, where I spent two years having amazing conversations about these critical problems in our country. That was my entry point — realizing that education was something I really cared about. And the achievement gap really felt like a crisis that I wanted to do something about.”
Considering a career in communications? OCS has gathered the biggest names in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations for the annual AMP Expo this Friday from 2-5pm. While there are 20+ organizations set to participate, here are the top ten organizations our student blogger’s AMPed to see!
What it is: A technology-enabled, digital marketing company that builds natural health brands.
Fun fact: In February, NutraClick rebranded from the name Hungryfish Media; it has grown from two to 220 employees, and launched six distinct fitness brands.
H. J. Heinz Company
What it is: One of the world’s leading marketers and producers of healthy, convenient and affordable foods.
Fun fact: The company bosts 150 number-one or number two-brands worldwide, including Classico, OreIda, and TGI Fridays.