In FSBlog’s Just Launched feature, we talk to brand new Full Sail graduates, right out the door from graduation, about what’s next for them as they head out into the workforce. This month’s Just Launched graduate is Rebecca Asher.
Name: Rebecca Asher
Degree Program: New Media Journalism Master’s (Online)
Graduation Date: December 20, 2013
New Job: I started on Monday, December 2, as a contracted content author for USAA [the United States Automobile Association, a Texas-based financial services group]. Basically, I meet with any department that has a letter going out to its members and I review their content to make sure it meets formatting and tone guidelines. I go over their content, suggest revisions and changes in tone, and give them formatting advice. I’m also taking all of the input they give me and creating new templates.
How You Got Your Foot in the Door: I was recruited by HCL America, a huge IT firm, so I’m technically an employee of HCL. They found my resume online. The original offer was to do something completely different – it was more marketing/advertising related – but they saw all of my writing and then I referred them to my website – which I had built in class – and they offered me this better position. It was really this degree and having that foundation of journalistic and formal writing experience that I feel was the main reason I got this job.
Before Full Sail: I worked for newspapers but was always on the advertising/sales side. I enjoyed the writing, but felt it lacked the certain formalities needed. [After enrolling in the New Media Journalism Master’s program] I was working as marketing specialist for the City of Bedford, Texas, and I saw that I was utilizing all of the skills I was being taught on a day-to-day basis. I was shooting video footage, editing things, and putting content up on the city’s local public access channel.
On Juggling a Full-Time Job and Online School: My husband, my child, and even my dog have all been very supportive. What I certainly recommend to students is to do a little bit each and every day. We’re so busy with work, we’ll wait until Wednesday to do our Wednesday assignment and then we’re rushing. If you do a little bit each day, it doesn’t become overwhelming. The instructors were so easy to get ahold of, they immediately put me at ease and let me know my efforts were worthwhile.
Future Goals: I’m amazed that I’m actually getting paid for doing what I know how to do and what I like to do. There’s so much room to grow within HCL and USAA – I’d like to be able to move into their broadcasting department, where I can shoot and edit video. I really do enjoy doing that.