In life, it can be hard to find a job and it’s even harder to find a job where you are doing what you love. At Juniata College, I have not only found multiple student jobs, but I have been fortunate to work in Digital Marketing, an area I am passionate about. I am the Social Media Manager for the Marketing department so I am in control of the social media channels for Juniata College and coordinate 3 other student workers. Other colleges are shocked by my job, because they don’t trust their students with such a large responsibility, but fortunately for me Juniata is different. We are in an era where everything is digital and social media is often the best way to get the word out to a large audience. My job allows me to show prospective students what Juniata is all about and how unique we are compared to other colleges. Our traditions and student life bring us together, which I show to a multitude of people. We can connect and interact with the Huntingdon community, alumni, current students, and prospective students. At a larger college or university, I would not have been able to take on such a large responsibility, while also having so much fun doing my job.
Working in the Marketing department at Juniata allows me to be creative and I get to work for a very open supervisor that loves to hear new ideas and help me to create plans while giving me the resources to implement these plans. I have the backing of all the members in the Marketing department wanting to help me achieve greatness and they all want to give me references to any job applications I need to send. They encourage me to learn and pursue professional development, and gave me the opportunity to go to the CUPRAP Conference in Hershey, PA with members of the Marketing department this past spring break. It is a conference where higher education institutions and marketing companies come together to learn more about what they can do to improve their marketing strategies and collaborate with others to produce these new innovative ways to market their brand. It was a great opportunity for me to network and create connections that I otherwise would not have been able to. I am grateful for the support and opportunities that my department has given me and the funding I was given from Juniata to attend this conference. It is a great feeling to know that there are people helping you every step of the way and to build your career.