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Graduate testimonials: Sedel Marino, ’12 

Degree completed:

Bachelor of Science in Art with a major in graphic design and a minor in business, Columbia College Day Campus.  

Extracurricular activities at Columbia College:

Resident assistant and head resident, Office of Residential Life; member, Committed and Serving Together (CAST); member, drum line.

Employer name:

Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia, Mo.

Position title:

Director of Communication Services.

What do you do in that position?

I am responsible for the internal and external communications of the chamber, including publications, advertising, media relations, social networking and the chamber website. I produce the weekly chamber activities calendar, monthly chamber “Business Line” newsletter and yearly “Newcomer's Guide & Chamber Membership Directory.” I also oversee the chamber app “CoMO2Go” and chamber map production. I am the chamber liaison for the events committee and the Employer Consortium Task Force, and I coordinate the Junior Leadership Columbia program.

How is that experience?

This experience has been great. I have multiple responsibilities beyond just graphic design. I work with many different aspects of the chamber and Columbia business community.

What have you learned?

I have furthered my knowledge in areas including event planning, marketing, project organization and leadership development. I’m meeting many of the business leaders in town and gaining valuable networking experience.

Did you use the Grossnickle Career Services Center?

I used the career center throughout my college career and I can honestly say it was one of the main factors in my successful entry into the professional world. I first went to the career center in the spring of my junior year to begin the process of finding an internship. I met with the staff and learned how to find internship postings. The staff also took the time to send me postings that the career center received from local businesses. Once I found one that seemed like a good fit, the staff worked with me on developing my resume and cover letter. I submitted my information, went to an interview and was hired as the graphic design and marketing intern at Orr Street Studios, a local art gallery. I stayed with Orr Street Studios for a full year, gaining experience in graphic design, event planning and gallery administration. When my senior year came around, I worked with the staff again on finding job postings for a position after graduation. The staff helped me polish my resume and cover letter, and provided me with numerous resources including job- search guidelines, interviewing tips and multiple job postings I may not have found on my own. In fact, the job posting for the position I’m currently in was emailed to me from the staff at the career center. I can honestly say if it hadn’t been for the help of the Grossnickle Career Services Center, I would not have transitioned as smoothly from student to professional. I owe much of my success to that office.

What Grossnickle Career Services Center resources did you utilize?

I utilized almost everything that was offered including individual appointments, the virtual career fair, workshops, including one about using your skills as a resident assistant, and the business etiquette dinner.

What would you tell other students about your experience with the Grossnickle Career Services Center?

I would tell other students that the career center was one of the most influential factors in the transition from college to my career. The help and information that was provided to me was extremely valuable. I sincerely hope every student at Columbia College takes advantage of the resources that the career center has made available to them.

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