Name: Derek Wing
College & Majors/Minors: Oberlin College (OH) B.A. English; Syracuse University (NY) M.S. Journalism
Current Location: Kenmore, WA
Current Form of Employment: University Marketing/PR
Where do you work and what is your current position?
I currently work at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA as the Associate Director of Media & PR.
Tell us about how you found your first job, and how you found your current job (if different).
My first job was in broadcast journalism – I was a TV news anchor/reporter, and I found that job from a website specifically for people looking for on-air jobs (medialine.com). I found my current job via Craigslist.
What was another writing-related job that was important in your career?
Whether it is in higher education communications or journalism, writing has always been a vital part of my work. Being able to get a complex message across to the masses in a way they will understand is a skill that is difficult to master. However, if you are able to do it, you will have incredible value in both the professional world as well as your personal life. Communication is key.
What did you do in college to prepare for your post-grad life?
I wrote and read. A lot.
What is your advice for students and graduates with an English degree?
Be open to any and all opportunities. When I graduated I mistakenly thought there were only a few careers paths I was ‘allowed’ to pursue. But the reality is, the ability to effectively communicate with words is a skill that will be useful in any industry!