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Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs, Macon-Bibb County
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Technically bagging groceries, but that was short-lived. The first actual job I had was Kennel Technician, taking care of animals that were being boarded while families were out of town.
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
o University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism
o Kent State University, Masters of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Relations
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
All of them. I’ve been fortunate to have picked degrees that have directly benefited me on both a day-to-day basis, and from a larger planning perspective.
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
I read for fun, so I’m going back and re-reading the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks. After those, I’m going to read the Wheel of Time from start to finish in preparation of the television show being produced from them.
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
Get involved and take charge. Show up and show out. Make an impression and showcase your talents.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
Misspellings, poor grammar, broken links, not matching the application/letter to the job description, obviously sending a form letter, not studying the organization prior to interviewing.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
You have a great opportunity to have a real impact on your community. Local government is the closest to the people it serves. You’ll talk with the people that are impacted by your work every day; your decisions and work become real. And they have a direct impact on you and your family.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
o Family comes first…above all else.
o “Buy the ticket; take the ride.” Hunter S Thompson
o “Is the juice worth the squeeze?” The movie Go.