While student development and education is a major component of the mission of Marketing and Design, graduation is always a bittersweet transition for a student-run agency. We asked some of our recent graduates what their current plans are and how M+D influenced their student and work experience.
Social media producer – graduated May, 2019
Right now I’m a Chapter Development Coordinator for Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, developing solution-based programming and traveling the country facilitating workshops and presentations for chapters.
My time with M+D was short but oh-so sweet. As a social media producer I had the chance to put my own stamp on both established and new accounts, growing them all along the way. This hands-on approach taught me so much about the social space and how to use it. I’m grateful to my supervisor Ben Lewis allowing me the freedom to workshop and implement my campaign ideas. Looking back, my only wish is that I would’ve applied sooner!
Marketing representative – graduated May, 2019
I will be running away from the midwest winters and moving to the city of angels this month to pursue a career in marketing and the arts.
During my time at M+D I really got a taste of what it means to take responsibility of multiple projects at a time and working through unforeseen problems along the way. I had to really learn how to balance work, life and school without burning out, but the fulfillment of executing large projects and being around a fun, hard-working environment made it easy and worthwhile to do. I will always cherish the people I got to work with and all the fun events and workshops I got to be a part of because of this great little family I had at M+D.
Graphic designer – graduated May, 2019
As of right now I am trying to take on as many freelance projects as I can until I figure out where I want to live and pursue looking for a steady job. I am currently a graphic designer for the Stanley Museum of Art here in Iowa City and am working on a few personal creative projects as well to expand my skills.
M+D gave me the tools to succeed in and out of the workplace. I was able to be creative, learn new skills, and gain real-life experience that I didn't think I'd be able to find while in college. Having mentors to show us new ways of executing tasks and opportunities to collaborate on projects with my peers, really allowed me to grow as a designer.
Marketing representative – graduated May, 2019.
Currently I am a Marketing Specialist at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where my roles include design project management, helping with visit days, and anything else marketing related to the college. I hope to continue a career path in higher education marketing and communications.
My experience at M+D was so rewarding and unforgettable. The professional experience was undoubtedly my best talking point when searching for a job. The friendships and mentorships I got from the job were more than I ever imagined.
Designer -- graduated May, 2019
I'm going to be actively applying for jobs / hoping to be able to continue to do Graphic Design work throughout my future.
My experience at M+D has been so overwhelmingly positive. The people here everyday are great to be around and talk to while the projects are a big variety that allow you to advance your skills, show off your personal style, and never let you get bored. If I could do it all over again, I would!
Photographer -- graduated May, 2019
I am actively applying for jobs in photography and communications, and doing freelance work in the meantime.
I have only good things to say about my time at M+D. I received real-world experience in the field of work that I am pursuing, got to collaborate with amazing people, and became more connected with my community. As far as student jobs go, M+D was the perfect one for my education and career goals, and I am so grateful for the opportunities it allowed me!
2019 Year In Review
This article is part of the 2019 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.