3.2: From NABJ Convention to First Job Feat. Shauna Beni
If you’re interested in my post-college story, I want to let you know I’m sharing all of my tips on the post-college job search, nailing informational interviews, and more on the Bri Books Podcast Newsletter.
Today’s episode features Shauna Beni, Multimedia Editorial intern @ ABC News and SUNY Plattsburgh grad as we chat about our very first NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Career Fair and Convention experiences! Whether it’s your first time hearing that acronym or you’re a participating member, this episode will give you a tatse of the community that both Shauna and I found within the National Association of Black Journalists.
In this episode:
- 6:35 - How Brionna met Shauna: NABJ 2016 in Washington, D.C.
- 7:00 - How Shauna helped establish a student chapter of NABJ on campus
- 8:00 - Shauna’s first impression of NABJ 16
- 9:45 - Shauna’s first impression: “When I stepped in there, it was a breath of fresh air.”
- 11:40 - Shauna’s first job out of college--expectations and realities!
- 14:30 - Stephon Dingle recommends “ Make it Memorable” by Bob Dotson
- 16:30 - Hard truths that surprised Shauna about the workplace post-college
- 19:50 - Encouragement for recent grads--”Don't be afraid! You have to take big steps in order to get where you want to get. The only two answers are yes or no, so don’t be afraid. If it’s a ‘no,’ just try elsewhere.”
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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is “an advocacy group established in 1975, the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation.” The annual career fair and convention is a valuable experience for recent grads to learn from industry leaders, network, and gain valuable career insights that will pay dividends later in their careers. This podcast is not in partnership with NABJ or the NABJ Career Fair and Convention in New Orleans.