It’s never easy to put yourself out there. But doing it twice, in the matter of 2 weeks? I’m not sure words can describe it.
It may sound silly, but running for president of the CSMMSS was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. I keep my life very private, so putting myself and my passions out there for all of my fellow classmates to see was both nerve racking and exhilarating. But at the same time, the new CSMMSS president, Cassandra D’Ambrosio, is a good friend of mine, and I’m so confident that she can accomplish great things for the Society. So here’s the thing – I’m not done yet.
If you were at all familiar with my presidential platform, you’ll know that I was largely focused on professional development and career building. So what’s a more perfect position to run for than the VP of Professional Development? It’s not fair that other faculties have so many resources assisting them in their life after graduation, but as VP, I want to bring these resources to the CSMM departments. This is where the Workshops aspect of my platform comes in – I want to cover skills from the basics like resume building, to the more difficult topics like portfolio development. All of the skills and knowledge surrounding these subjects are especially important when pursuing jobs in creative industries, which is why I believe that we need to create CSMM specific events to cover these areas.
This brings me to my second platform point – Opportunities. I’ve found that my volunteer and extracurricular activities have been beyond helpful in landing me jobs in my field, but a lot of these opportunities aren’t communicated very well to the students. As VP of Professional Development I would be dedicated to creating and updating an online destination where CSMM students can check out a wide range of opportunities offered in the Hamilton and surrounding community. This would not just include job postings – but volunteer opportunities, networking events, and whatever else I may find that can assist my classmates in getting involved and building their resume.
And finally, as VP I want to help transform the Public Relations Intern Team into something bigger that can serve a larger amount of student needs and desires. Whether you’re interested in web design, research, video creation, writing, photography…. the VP of Professional Development is the leading Exec member of this talented group of students, and I want to create a team that can deliver a broad range of materials while building on the skills that they want to see grow and develop. This year I was lucky enough to be able to take on a leadership position with the current PR Intern team, so I know the logistics behind this program as well as the opportunities available to help it grow and expand into something bigger and better.
So if you’re like me and passionate about all things professional, vote for me this week. I have some awesome ideas in store for my fellow CSMMers, and I would LOVE to put them into action. And most importantly – thank you for your continued support throughout this crazy election period.