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Sunday, July 29, 2012

"How I Make That Money Honey" LINK-UP!



It's finally time to link-up and share with the blog-o-sphere what we do every day in our "real jobs". I can't wait to read about what all of you do professionally because I'm nosy like that. Kind of like how I love to look into my neighbors' windows at night when I walk the dog to see how they decorate.  That sounds way creepier as I type that out.  Forget I said that.


I like to think my professional career began at my Alma mater, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  TTU, or just "Tech" for short, is a public university about six hours west of Dallas, and is the sixth largest university in Texas.







In Fall 2011, there were a little over 32K students enrolled at Tech. Moving six hours away to a relatively small West Texas town was scary, but I loved my time there and had the most amazing collegiate experience.  My freshman year spent living in the dorms was definitely my favorite year in school and is when I met many of my best friends that I still have to this day.



At TTU, I was involved in the Department of Student Media, which is the department that produces the student newspaper, the campus yearbook and a website devoted to new media.  It was hands-on experience that I couldn't get in a class room and I learned so much about design, layout, writing and production of an actual publication.  My junior and senior year I actually served as editor-in-chief of our award winning yearbook.  #nerdyandidon'tcare
Look who! Throw back Bargain Blonde.
I graduated on August 12, 2006, from the College of Mass Communications with a degree in Journalism and a minor in English.  My college graduation day was also my 22nd birthday! Crazy, right?  Two celebrations in one!  


After I graduated, I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, which is where my Mom lives because I kinda forgot about that whole "looking for a job" thing you are supposed to do before you graduate.  A few months later I had a phone interview for a job in Dallas and then they wanted me to come in for a face-to-face, so without really any thought, I packed my car up and drove the 18 hours back to Texas, which is where I've been ever since.  


I actually didn't get that job, but a few weeks later I had my second post-college interview for a Communications Specialist position at a financial company, which I DID get.  


I stayed with that company for four years and moved up to a role as Director of Communications, which means I oversaw all internal and external communications for a conglomerate of companies.  I am very appreciative for that job as I learned a lot about corporate america and corporate communications . However, after 4 years, I was ready to move on and needed a new challenge, so I left for the job I currently have now.  


I've been with my current company for two years and my official title is "Internal Communications Specialist Senior".  It's a public company that has over 15,500 employees globally.  My particular office is business casual and we have almost 500 employees between our location in Texas and our sister site in South America.
Typical attire I wear to the office although on some days I do not look nearly this pulled together.


Basically, I'm responsible for these forms of communication within our company:
  • Electronic: - Company email messages, employee intranet (write and publish news stories and make all updates to site), videos, electronic newsletters, photography, create presentations for senior management
  • Print: - Newsletters, brochures, posters, memos, communication packs or 'toolkits'

As you can see, I use a lot of what I learned in college in my day-to-day job responsibilites. Writing has always been a passion of mine. Hence, this blog. I do enjoy working in the corporate communications field, but I would love to branch out into more of a external communications role with a focus on social media.  


My ultimate goal in life is to just get paid to do what I'm truly passionate about so that I will never have to "work" a day in my life again. I mean, who doesn't want to follow their dreams and make a living doing what they love? I sure do.


Speaking of things I'd love, I'd love for all of you to share what you do in your "real jobs" by linking-up below.    All I ask is that you include a link in your post back to here.  I'd love if you grabbed the button at the top of this post as well!


 Don't forget that you can tell us about your day-to-day responsibilities are as a SAHM or what kind of job you are looking for if you are unemployed or a recent gradute.  I'm not limiting this link-up to only people who clock in 8 to 5 at an office every day.  


This link-up will be open until midnight this Friday when it comes time to link-up your Friday Faves from the week!  

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31 comments:

  1. Your job sounds really fun and interesting! It seems like you're truly passionate about what you do, so I'm sure you'll achieve your goals sooner rather than later. :)

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  2. I have to admit, this is probably one of the best link-ups of all time! I totally loved reading about your background and what you do today!! Go COMM MAJORS!!!

    Your job sounds legit and it definitely seems like you're good at what you do. But hey, I'm not surprised ;) So, now I'm curious... you left college and went to NC - was your job search still targeted in TX though? And then once you packed up and drove to Dallas for that interview but didn't get it, did you just hang out there in TX until you did get hired? I friggin hate the job search process so I'm always curious how other people go about it :) P.S. looking to see how neighbors decorate... totally okay :)

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  3. I had no idea you once lived in Raleigh! Too bad you went back to Texas :-)

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  4. This is so FUN! I will definitely be linking up! And I didn't realize how similar our jobs really are! (Minus the size of the company though!) You'll see shortly :)

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  5. You and I have almost identical job descriptions!! Are you also sore every Friday from sitting in front of a computer for 40 hours? HAHA love this idea for a link up!

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  6. Oh my gosh, we were probably living in Raleigh at the same time! haha, small world!

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  7. look at you actually having a job in the field you got your degree in! whoop whoop... that's kind of rare these days no?

    My professional life has been so all over the map so far, I think I'll wait a couple years to do a post like this haha


    CarissaExplainsItAll

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  8. look at you being all smarty pants.

    i like that you graduated in august. so did i. i should have waited until december or just done a whole other year. spread out that college shizz as long as possible.

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  9. Your job sounds like so much fun! I'd love to work in a more laid back field like communications. It sounds like much more fun than boring old engineering ;)

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  10. SUCH a good idea Linds! Damn, you smarty pants. I loved reading more about what you do! :) I want to link up this week for sure!!!! love it

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  11. nice! can't wait to read about what everyone does! really cool that you actually got a job in what you got your degree in...i feel like it's so rare now!

    also, i love those two outfits! where can i find them? lol


    & haha. i live in an apt building and bc of the way the windows are, my living room window literally looks down into my neighbor's living room and i can help but creep on how they decorate! hah!

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  12. What I love most about this post is remembering that we share a birthday week. :) But it's fun hearing more about your job (and your journey getting there), too!

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  13. I was unable to get a post together in time for the link-up, but can't wait to read everyone else's!! Such a fun linkup idea!

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  14. Your job sounds interesting! Love this link-up.

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  15. August 12th is the best day to have a birthday! I should know, it is mine too! Awesome!

    Your job sounds pretty sweet! I think that is awesome that you got a job in your field and something that you wanted to do! :)

    I totally check out how people decorate their homes too. We live in military housing so all the homes in my neighborhood look identical, so if I can get a peek into how my neighbors have decorated their space I totally take it!

    Thanks for hosting this link up, I enjoy reading what my favorite bloggers do for a living! :)

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  16. This is, by far, the most interesting link-up I've ever read - good job creating it! ;)

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  17. Let's get one thing straight sister twin--your job is freaking awesome? Entertaining Chile for two weeks and guzzling vino? I'll take it. Yes, I do love PR and social media--I wouldn't trade it for the world. Oh, and I get to work from home, that's pretty nice too :) Thanks for hosting such an awesome link up!

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  18. Such a neat idea! I must know...where are the outfits from? I need the pants outfit, stat!

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  19. This was so much fun getting to know you better. Before my current role as stay at home mom (ps - my salary totally sucks and doesn't reflect my Master's degree), I was the Director of Integrated Marketing and Individual Giving for a nonprofit organization. It looks like we had a lot of the same responsibilities. Oh, and then I had to raise lots o' money. Such a fun linkup idea!

    HOWEVER...you forgot your side job as a Stella Stylist!

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  20. Total need twinsies. I was Greek Life editor of my yearbook and a producer of our college television station! I loved yearbook so much....maybe I can get a job creating high school and college yearbooks.

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  21. I wanted to go to Tech SO bad!! I love Lubbock! So fun that you went there!

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  22. awesome link up! i always wonder what my fave bloggers do for a living. i'm writing mine now and will link up tonight!

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  23. I didn't know about this link up, but am so excited I found it and will do a post tomorrow. I love your job! I wish I could dress like that daily, but it's just not my style. I moved from the DFW area to Snyder, right outside Lubbock at the begining of the year. I love some Casa Ole and Mamas Ritas (I think thats the name)

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  24. just came from beth's and i love all this journalism speak! i'm a PR major so lots of time spent in mass comm for me too! your jobs sounds awesome -i interviewed for your position exactly at a children's hospital but didnt get it....how cool are you for just packing up and moving!

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  25. Thanks for hosting such a great link-up! I loved reading your story, I think that's great that you get to use a lot of what you went to college for in your everyday life!

    Hope to see you in my neck of the woods soon =)

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  26. i'm loving these old school pictures of you! p.s. i meant to link up to this and totally spaced it! when does it close? i'm sure everyone wants to hear about all my gory day-to-day life at work :)

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  27. LOVE those two outfits!!! You need to pass on that information! :)

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  28. Ahh I LOVE this link up!!! I already posted for today but you can bet your sweet communications ass I'll have mine up tomorrow ;)

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  29. It's cool you have a job that uses your degree. My major was creative writing. While I've done things at each of my jobs that relate to writing or editing and done some side projects I've been paid for, I've never had a job that actually utilized it or even cared that I have it.

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  30. This seemed like a fun link up to participate in, so I wrote a post. Then I realized by midnight Friday you meant the midnight that starts Friday, not midnight Friday night and I missed adding myself. But since I wrote it I figured I'd share: http://amandapoverseas.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/how-i-make-that-money-honey-link-up-my-job-path-from-college-to-today/

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