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Mass Communications major, Mark Eggert, completed his studies at UW-Superior in 1995 and went on to find a job that fit perfectly into the mold of where his interests peaked. Pairing his major with a Theater minor, Eggert found his niche in being able to communicate effectively with other people, while also getting to work in the field of technology. His skills eventually led him into his position as the Show and Event Coordinator at Alpha Video and Audio in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Eggert's job working with Alpha Video and Audio requires him to be involved with his clients from the beginning to the end of their experience with the company. He works
with consumers to make recommendations in order to rent out Audio Visual Production equipment, and he is also involved with many of his customer's events. Some of his jobs on site include operating the technical aspects of the events, running the equipment, and giving clients any other technical support that they may need. When all is said and done, Eggert is also responsible for helping to carry out the paperwork and billing processes.
The opportunity for Eggert to get to see a project through from the start to the finish is a very rewarding piece to his job. After putting the work into making sure everything is properly set up and running smoothly, there is no better feeling for Eggert than to see a successful end result. However, his work can also be quite challenging, especially when his clients are unsure of what exactly they are looking for from the company. Without knowing precisely what the customers want, Eggert and his coworkers have to put more work into figuring this out for them. No two days at work are ever the same, and this unpredictability can sometimes cause challenges in itself, since it is hard to prepare for every kind of glitch that might happen on the job.
In order to ready himself for a career in this type of field, Eggert took the opportunity to gain some work experience during college, which helped him to build his resume for after graduation. While attending the university he worked for KUWS radio, a Wisconsin public radio station that is run through UW-Superior, and he also worked for Studio 2. These jobs helped Eggert to enhance his background in Mass Communications and gave him a leg-up on others applying for jobs who lacked the first-hand practice which he had acquired.
Eggert also credits the university for giving him the chance to apply what he learned in his classes to actual circumstances where it is used. He comments, "I appreciate that UWS' Communicating Arts program is more than books and classroom. The lab time/studio time helped out a lot as I graduated and was looking for work."
Though an education is obviously an important part of an employer's consideration of who to hire for a job, Eggert recognizes that there is great value in prior experience. It not only helps for professional employment, but it also provides ample opportunities to
ensure that you are working with something that you enjoy. Once you are set on where you want to take your interests, Eggert advises to continue to develop your talents. He recommends, "Get an internship. This is an opportunity to start to hone your skills." The need for well-versed employees will never become obsolete, so there should be nothing holding you back from getting involved and continuing to learn.
As for Eggert's future, he is prepared to continue his work in the same general area, though he would like to refocus his emphasis more on production rather than on consulting. He enjoys the technical pieces to his job, and would like the chance to concentrate more in that specific niche.
Finding a job that suited his interests was truly significant for him. A final piece of advice Eggert has to share may seem simple, but it is not to be ignored; it ultimately leads to the level of job satisfaction you can achieve. He says, "Do what you want and do what makes you happy. Look for something you will enjoy long term. You can always find another job, but find something you like."
Mark Eggert was interviewed as a part of the Career Services Day in the Life project. His full interview and those of other UW-Superior alumni can be found on the Day in the Life website, http://www.uwsuper.edu/career/students/a-day-in-the-life.cfm.
Interview conducted on March 27, 2012. Article written by Kristen Jasperson.
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