Just 10 weeks after graduating with a Professional Writing degree, Juliette McClure '11, (Knoxville, Tenn.) moved 600 miles to East Tennessee to become the annual giving and donor relations coordinator at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
“It was my dream job, and I never expected to get it,” said Juliette, who now spends her days helping plan events for the school, organizing and attending national alumni receptions and writing scholarship reports to let donors know how their contributions are being used, among other tasks.
Juliette said that her internship with York Country Day School (YCDS) was the most influential part of her college career. “This internship was the reason I decided to go into development as a career. Everyone at YCDS was helpful and friendly, lending their aid in whatever endeavor I was working on. I helped with direct mail appeals and newsletter articles on staff, students and alumni.”
Having worked as a writing fellow and tutor while attending York College, Juliette attributes much of her success not only to her professors, but also to Barbara Zmolek and Cynthia Crimmins with whom she worked in the Center for Teaching and Learning. “They always checked on me and helped me when I was beginning the job search,” Juliette recalled. “Advice is priceless and they had some of the best.”
Now that she has successfully landed her dream job, Juliette advises other students to stay optimistic. “Keep positive after graduation. It takes a long time to hear back from jobs. You just have to go with the flow and the perfect job for you will come up.”
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