Many are looking for ways to involve themselves in the sports media world. Some want to be journalists; some want to be physical therapists. Whatever the case may be, those who are pursuing careers need to know where to start. Well, NABJ and the Chicago Bears worked together to provide a two-hour virtual workshop for high school and college students all over the city of Chicago to give them some advice, as well as unique opportunities to allow for great experiences.
The Zoom call was full of notable Chicago Bears employees, and they covered everything there was to know and gave some examples of things they’ve done in their careers to get them where they are now. They talked about ways to get one’s writing out to the world, reasons to build your resume up in high school, and things you can do to essentially promote yourself.
Here are some of the best pieces of advice the pros gave:
“At the high school level, ask if you can do game recaps of sports or things that are popular at your high school and post it on the school website or even your own website because it will definitely help in college to show them you have experience and writing samples.” –Meghan Bower, Director of Corporate Communications.
“When trying to stay organized, keep a spreadsheet of everywhere you’ve applied and jobs you’re interested in. Also, when you apply for a job, save the job description because once the job is closed, you can’t access the job description to prep for interviews, and [you won’t] sit there wondering why and what you’re applying for.” –Nicole Cabral, Manager of Chicago Bears Social Media.
“It is super important to find another way to show more than what you can do. If you volunteer a lot in your community, show them your portfolio. If you know multiple languages, show them your portfolio. There are so many ways a portfolio can help you, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t create one. With a portfolio, you pretty much get an advantage to maybe secure the interview or increase your chances of getting connections.” –Miguel Lemus, Corporate Communications Assistant.
The workshop helped everyone greatly. The advice that the Bears staff gave provided much support and gave the participants newer and more efficient ways to put themselves out there so they can get along in their preferred careers.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy