Caught between the Moon and New York City

April 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Every year, the College of Communications provides students with a bus trip to New York for its “Success in the City” job fair. The trip is only for juniors and seniors so they can meet with companies looking to hire either for full-time or for internships. So, early the other day, I walked to the bus stop, feeling that once I sat down, I’d be snoozing again. Unlike my trip to the cherry blossom festival in D.C., when I contemplated wearing a kimono (or even jeans for that matter), this time I was dressed in slacks and a button-down shirt, with résumés in tow. We arrived at New York on time (11:30 a.m.).

I opted to have a special lunch, set up by the organizers, at the Time Warner building. At the lunch, which came with the $25 fee that paid for the bus trip, we had a chance to meet with some recruiters.

I sat with four recruiters and four other students. Two of the recruiters worked for a network, while the other two worked for an ad agency. The lunch was interesting because it made the recruiters less intimidating. They told us about their first job and what they did to get it. They provided tips, especially about living in New York. One tip was that it doesn’t matter where in the city you live, as long as the sidewalks are well-lit and you live near a subway. Another tip that I noticed, but they never explicitly said, was that they were constantly changing and moving. I thought it was as though it didn’t matter what your first job was, as long as you found a way to stick with a job you really like.

The trip was worth the travel. I gave out nine résumés to print-related companies. I also checked out some PR firms, though I don’t think I would be venturing down that road yet. I like reporting.

The job fair feels odd in a sense because graduation is coming up for me in two or three weeks. It just feels a little too real. So far, I’m pretty much open to anything. I’d like to land a job on the East Coast, but at the same time, part of the adventure is not knowing where I’ll end up.

Angelica de Wit, intern

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