Bacon’s Bits About Post-Graduation

Cheryl Bacon, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Chair, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Cheryl Bacon, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication
Chair, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

“Graduation is a time when everyone focuses on career preparation, but I believe it’s more important to focus on life preparation.” – Cheryl Bacon

Bacon is a firm believer that your career is not your life. It certainly is a part of life, but it is not the only important factor. It was incredibly refreshing to speak to a woman who is so established in her career and hear her say that a career is only one single part of life.

Importance of Internships

Before a college student graduates, it is very important that this student has gone through some sort of internship. They need exposure to what a post-college career is going to be. If they graduate before gaining experience through an internship they should not jump right into a new job they should still plan to go through an internship. Bacon believes it will provide excellent exposure and preparation for a successful career.

Life is Not a Job

After graduation, Bacon shared with me that deciding where you are going to reside is one of the most important decisions you will make. Work is only a portion of the day. Deciding where you want to live, raise children and have a life can completely alter a person’s overall experience and allow for a positive lifestyle in the long run. Bacon’s specific advice was to join a church community where you can get involved with voluntary work and not just attend. Bacon shared that having a community where you live would greatly increase the satisfaction of the lifestyle a person will gain when managing a career and a family.

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