Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Career Day at Jack Morton

Today our students had an opportunity to visit one of our mentors, Shannon Murphy, a public relations and events planning manager for Jack Morton Worldwide as part of our Career Week. Taking full advantage of their spring break and their time off, Sean Mayfield, Savon Clark, Cierria Tharpe and Ce'Landria Tharpe got a chance to learn how to make money putting on events such as the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, throwing parties and spreading the word. Shannon's co-workers, particularly Jacque Patterson, VP, Director of Operations, were kind enough to take time out of their day to talk to our students about the business and how they got there. Although not all the students may be thinking about a career in public relations, having the staff tell them how they got to where they are now was very relevant. Hearing their stories of being unsure about what they wanted to do as their career or changing their minds about their career paths is something that all the youth could relate to.

The students got a chance to get a taste of the creative process of Jack Morton. They were given a scenario where The Boeing Company is trying to generate buzz about their new luxurious airplane and have invited journalists to an event at O'Hare airport to learn more about the new airplane. The students came up with ideas about what would take place during this event and presented them to Shannon, Jacque, and two other co-workers that joined us in the conference room including Larry Deutsch, the managing director of the Chicago location. They listened to the presentations and then talked to the students about the need to have passion in anything you do in order to succeed and be happy.

We at Cabrini Connections would like to extend our most hearfelt "Thank You" to Shannon Murphy and her co-workers at Jack Morton for being so accomodating and friendly as they gave our students a taste of what working at a global experiential marketing agency is like. Thanks again!


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