From the onset of my graduate career, it was important to me to draw parallels between my professional life as a public affairs officer for a federal government agency and my continuing education. Not only did this approach help gain the support of my colleagues, but it also underlined the connection between my work to my studies. So, without hesitation, I chose a capstone project that proved to be as enriching professionally as it was academically.
My goal was to develop a resource guide for my public affairs colleagues, especially the newcomers. What I had no way of knowing was how the project would morph into a major networking opportunity.
Ed Powers and Carl Zangerl had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Wong, who is graduating from our program in May. Emily, who is originally from Hong Kong, describes why she selected Northeastern’s master’s program – “amazing experiential learning opportunities” – as well as her capstone consulting project, during which she was able to translate what she learned in the program to a Boston nonprofit’s public relations challenges.
She also shares some terrific job search tactics that have resulted in a job at a strategic business and communications advisory firm serving the life sciences industry.
This second part is about what was, for me, a remarkable journey and experience at CPS. My time in the MS COC program was full of global workplace learning opportunities, intellectual challenges and my personal and professional growth. There is a quote by Benjamin Franklin that is very close to my heart and my personal philosophy of life: “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” And, this quote guided me throughout my learning journey at CPS.
Picture this. Someone has asked you to present to the very people you need to reach. It’s an exciting moment, and all you can think about is everything you want to tell them. Every. Little. Thing.
This is a recipe for disaster.
Why is this our natural inclination? Well, for starters, we know our subject well and a lot of times we love it dearly. They asked us to come and talk, right? So, don’t they want to know all they can about the topic?
Overwhelmed, confused, and nervous… I was sitting in front of my computer screen at 2:00 a.m. on a Tuesday night (2014), staring at a list of hundreds of schools around the world that appeared in the search result for “Masters Degree in Communications.”
Our Corporate and Organizational Communication program attracts a diverse body of students from around the world, drawn by the opportunity to study in Boston and make connections with a global network of students and alumni. As the lead faculty for our Public Relations concentration, I interviewed a recent alumnus, Pablo Cateriano Llosa. Pablo works in his family-owned PR firm in Lima, Peru.
A fundamental skill of all communicators is the ability to tell a compelling story. ePortfolios enable students to tell their own experiential and educational stories, using words, images, and multimedia. A strong ePortfolio makes a statement about your professional brand – who you are, your values, your commitment to lifelong learning.
A judging panel of our Alumni Advisory Council selected three ePortfolios created during the 2017-2018 academic year as outstanding exemplars of what students can create.
The buzzer hit zero. The game wasn’t over. The buzzer hit zero again. The game still wasn’t over. We went into a shootout, five shooters required. The game still wasn’t over. The shootout went into sudden death. We scored. The game wasn’t over. Maddie Rooney made one last save. The game WAS over! WE DID IT! We became Olympic Champions, Gold Medalists, and we’re on top of the world in Women’s Ice Hokey.
I am a learner. I love reading articles, books, taking courses – you name it. If I can learn from it, I’m in.
But, even so, it took me a while to go back and get my master’s degree. I knew it would be an investment, and because of that, I wanted to choose wisely. I left college years ago, went on to have a series of great jobs, and slowly came back around to the idea of going back to school.
When I was studying at Northeastern University, I had heard about the Northeastern University Alumni Office and community. Based on my understanding at least in some Chinese universities, an alumni office aims to connect alumnus who have already gained great achievements in their field. Considering that I only have five years’ working experience, I never would have imagined that I would become an organizer for a Northeastern University Alumni Event.
I am really grateful to Professor Patty Goodman, who recommended me to become a local Alumni Ambassador. Being a Northeastern Alumni Ambassador is an extremely exciting experience. It has been delightful connecting with more alumni and getting them involved in our community, along with building a bridge between Northeastern University Alumni in China and around the world.