New York Times writer talks to students about career options

With graduation quickly approaching, some seniors are worried about finding a job. Communication and English majors were lucky enough to be able to get some inside knowledge from a professional.
“New York Times” Business Web Editor Kevin Granville spoke in multiple communication and English classes on Monday, Feb. 20. Later that night he spoke in a more intimate setting at a potluck in the Gottlieb Lounge. There were many topics being discussed, such as errors that make their way into print, social media, and legal issues such as wiki leaks and libel suits. Granville also gave students some tips to stand out amongst other competition in their field.
“It’s important that you have clips to show other than in-class writing,” Granville said. “So, have something to show like a blog or articles from “The Buzz.””
Granville put a large emphasis on blogging while he was speaking with students. While sitting in a circle and having a relaxed conversation at the potluck, he told students that future employers are looking for someone who has a desire to learn about their subject.
“Employers are looking for someone who wants to become a semi-expert on their subject,” Granville said. “You need the ability to write, be inquisitive, show leadership, and be able to show style or voice, but not too much. Be bold and push the lines a little bit.”
Ways to get yourself out there weren’t the only things being talked about. Granville also spoke about the pressures of the job. He told students that since he works with the ever-changing web, he is updating stories all day long, and sometimes they have to take a break and take a walk around.
“The deadline pressure,” Granville said. “Either you like it or you don’t.”
During the potluck students were invited to ask questions. Many of the questions were aimed at the job market, Granville’s job, and social media. The students appreciated the inside knowledge Granville gave them.
“Being a senior, it’s great to hear from someone who’s actually out there,” Michelle Chalkey said. “Graduating can be scary. But he gave some good advice. Now I’m going to start blogging.”
Students weren’t the only one’s who enjoyed talking with Granville.
“He was real,” communications professor Ann Preston said. “He was thoughtful. He wasn’t trying to put on a show.”


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