This summer I served as the MBA Program’s first social media intern. My responsibilities included updating and maintaining accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn, as well as developing this blog.
As the school year draws near, I’ve been reflecting on what I learned this summer. As our frequent blog contributor Dr. Charles Waldo tells me, it is always important that I learn from this internship. With that in mind, I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned:
• From interviewing alum Jon Bausman, I learned that my generation (the Millennials) is very involved and civic-minded, but we may need to work on our tolerance of others.
• From challenging our readers to beat me in a social media quiz, I learned that Ashton Kutcher is not the most followed person on Twitter (and here I thought I was a Twitter expert).
• From writing a story about alum Jeremy Mang, I learned that sometimes your dream job doesn’t come to you. You have to create it.
• From listening to Dr. Frank Pianki describe organizational change, I learned that you will have to spend time managing the rejection that every change brings about. If my generation will spend life in transition after transition, this will become crucial.
• From interviewing many alumni (like Mary J. Hall and Dr. Tim Hobbs), I learned that healthcare professionals with business backgrounds are always in demand.
• From meeting personally with alum Chris Dellen, I learned that social media needs a call to action. It’s wonderful to provide a blog, but there needs to be a specific goal.
• From talking with alumna Christin Dawson, I learned that as a professional, I (and you) need to know your skill set and leverage that. For example, I learned quickly that visionary work is not my forte. Executing plans is. When I need to brainstorm ideas, it’s time to get some back-up help to ensure success.
• From Dr. Charles Waldo, I learned that monster.com and other job search engines are fine, but not the best way to get jobs. The best way is simply to network…and network well.
• From scouring the Web for links to share on Twitter, I learned that we live in a wonderful, active community among the top in the nation.
• From spending three months at the Flagship Enterprise Center, I learned that the Anderson University MBA Program is something special. Our alumni have so many great stories and fond memories, it’s hard to dispute that it’s the MBA Program that makes a difference.
-Kelly Frye, Social Media Intern