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Name: Lorraine Little
Major, minor, and graduation year: Business Administration, concentration in Finance and International Business, 1994
Job Title: Senior Manager of US Public Affairs, Liquids Operators and Projects
Organization/ Place of work: Enbridge Energy Company
- My position is varied because I manage/work with multiple areas within this company. My duties include working with community and media relations with advisement, emergency and crisis management/communication, public consultation, and managing the construction of pipelines for new facilities.
- The highlight of my job that I enjoy most is that it's community based so I am able to create relationships with the community that we provide for.
- The challenges I face are competing priorities of maintaining and constructing new pipelines and maintaining the business side of my job by addressing community issues and concerns. Altogether, it takes a lot of time and energy.
- I spend the majority of my time in meetings communicating with project teams, the community, or other individuals. I also spend time in my office answering/returning phone calls or answering emails, but a lot of my time is spent communicating. If I'm not talking to people, I'm not doing my job.
- This field was appealing to me because out of college I worked for a couple non-profit organizations which lead to Enbridge. I like looking at a company and what they do as a whole communicating with the community and its workers, but also solving issues and concerns. I like focusing my time on public affairs.
-The qualifications I needed were a bachelor's degree in either public affairs, communications, business, etc., and interpersonal and communications skills. I also needed at least ten years of relevant experience which I had to climb the work ladder for.
- My personal qualities that have contributed to my success are being comfortable talking with people and understanding of the concerns they may have. I also think that having experience in relationship management and program development from previous positions have contributed as well.
- I wasn't involved much back in college, but I strongly suggest that it is very important for students to get involved on campus and within the community because the more experience you have, the better to prepare you for the career world.
- The degrees that are appropriate are bachelor degrees in communications, journalism, business, and public affairs. Having related experience is a crucial qualification as well.
- In 2-5 years I hope to still be at Enbridge because this company is always growing and changing and I want to know how I can play a part in supporting that. I would also like to receive a credited and public relations certificate from the Public Relations Society of America.
- I received good advice from my mother when she told me "get an education; it opens up so many doors."
- The best piece of advice I can give is to take advantage of internships, projects, and any other opportunity that gets you involved because it better equips and prepares you for the working world.
- I would have taken more communication classes because it would have given me better fundamentals communicating with people for my current position. Everyone at my department have communication degrees so I don't have those underlining communication skills like they do.
- I believe that any degree level of education is important to obtaining a successful career. I suggest starting out with a foundation of either an associate's or bachelor's degree or learn a trade or skill and work up from there. Really, it all depends of what your goal career qualifications are so if you need a master's degree, you can always achieve it later.
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