20something profile: Shanondoah
I graduated in 2009; I completed my Honours BA in English & Canadian Studies. Since then, I’ve also finished two certificates, one in Marketing Communications and Event Planning. When I was unable to find a new full-time job upon completing my degree, I went to Australia for six months. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Everyone who knows me knows I am in love with events. I look forward to a career in planning large corporate and marketing events. Along with the event work I do in my current role, I’ve also committed to a number of community events, including nonprofits.
I’ve been working with the Canadian Cancer Society for about 2 years. I’ve worked on a variety of events for the Society, including Relay for Life and Hope and the City. The experience has been great; it has allowed me to build my skills and network, as well as know I am making a difference in my community, something that is very important to me.
I think the way we look for work has changed. Starting a career in today’s economy obviously has its challenges. I also think the way people hold jobs are different than in other generations; typically people would work in one company for their entire career, getting a job at a large company meant you were set.
I think that has changed for a large part of the job market. I think in order to be successful in starting a career in this economy, it will be necessary to build your networking and social media skills to ensure you’re able to find success in this economy.