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March 23, 2015

Communication pros offer advice to CLASS students

By Ashli Speed

Communication panel on March 16

On Monday, March 16, the Music and Communication Building welcomed three professionals for a panel discussion centered on careers in the field of communication.

Cleveland State University’s Career Success Network along with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLASS) hosted the event.

Charlene Jones, coordinator of Cleveland State’s Career Success Network, served as moderator.

The panelists were asked a wide range of questions before the discussion was turned over to the student-filled audience.

Of the three panelists, two were Cleveland State alumni. Nic Abraham, managing editor with WTWH Media and Jeff Harris, news director at WEWS NewsChannel5, both hold degrees from Cleveland State.

The third panelist, Christopher Augustine, is the manager of global communications and public affairs for GE Lighting.

All three panelists are in positions where they hire interns and full-time employees.

Through Jones’ questions, the panelists were able to offer insight on what they look for in applicants.
“There is nothing worse than getting an applicant that knows nothing about us," Abraham said. “Research the company. Know about us.”

The hour-and-a-half event not only gave students insight into what employers are looking for, but also allowed them to hear first-hand accounts of what the panelists did to get to where they are.

“I wasn’t hired because I had all the answers,” said Harris, as he shared what he experienced after taking on the role of news director. “I was hired because I could find them all. Never be afraid to ask questions."

“I love CSU, I got my bachelors in promotional communications here," Abraham said. "It’s not the top school in Northeast Ohio, but it doesn’t limit you from anything. I wish you all the best."

Abraham and her team from WTWH Media accepted internship applications at the end of the event.
Jones stressed that the panelists came to Cleveland State’s campus seeking its students.

“Take advantage of these opportunities,” Jones advised.