Have you ever gone to a networking event and someone shares their job title, but you have no idea what they actually do?
Are you in a place where you want to make a career change, but have no idea what you want to do next?
No worries, this section was created to help answer those question. 'Profashional Careers' highlights professionals across all industries, fields and skill sets to provide insight to what may be your next career.
First let's meet, Deidra Young.
What does a typical day in your role as a Communications Consultant look like?
My primary focus is to execute communication strategies for Wells Fargo's Capital Finance and international Business groups. I spend the bulk of my time writing and editing internal and external communications for both national and international audiences. I have a broad range of assignments from writing about the company's philanthropic partnerships with NFL players to writing speeches for senior leaders. No two days are the same!
My days typically begin at 5:30am checking emails and news outlets. I have to stay abreast of current local and world news that may impact the bank and require that I write a story. I work in the office Monday-Thursday and from home on Fridays. My team is geographically dispersed between Charlotte (I'm the only person on my team in the Charlotte office), California, New York, Minnesota and Illinois.
Although I begin my days super early, due to the nature of my work, I can never have an "off" day. I work in uptown Charlotte, and YES, I wear makeup everyday! My role is highly visible and I don't know who I may come in contact with during my work day, so I always look my best.
I am the Eastern Region Communications Chair for the Black/African Team Member Network at Wells Fargo. This role affords the opportunity to build relationships with senior executives, attend community events and publish regional communications.
What advice would you share with someone looking to enter the communications field?
My career advice for ProFashionals who are looking to transition in my field (or any field) who have no experience is to volunteer!!! The best experience is hands-on experience. I can’t express this enough! You can literally go into any company, business or industry to volunteer your services. This way you are learning and building your resume – and if you mess up, guess what? You can’t get fired!! But no matter where you go or who you work for, always operate in excellence – you never know who is watching you that can help propel your career forward. There is no day light between my volunteer efforts and my day job!
Deidra thank you for sharing! Leave your questions in the comment section! Stay tuned for the next segment of Profashional Careers!