Career Success

Bessie Wilson graduated in May 2018 with a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations, and triple minored in Spanish, Marketing & Journalism. She was also a student in the Honors Program. Currently, she is the Digital Marketing Specialist at Waccamaw Publishers/My Horry News. She states, "I work for an amazing company with great co-workers. I'm extremely blessed to have been offered this job right out of college. I was very lucky to get offered a job in my field straight out of college. I think I graduated on a Friday and I started working a week later. Naturally, I was nervous to begin working "in the real world," but the classes I took while attending CCU successfully prepared me for my future. I did not do an internship while I was at CCU for undergrad. However, I utilized Career Services when they held their LinkedIn seminars and Resume workshops. Both of which were super helpful! I love being able to apply what I learned in college every day at work. I feel like sometimes, while in college, students think, "when am I ever going to use this in the real world?" Trust me you'll use the skills and lessons that you learn throughout school in your career, so listen to your professors!"

Bessie made sure to utilize the resources available to her at the CCU Career Services Center. She has this to say to current students and graduates, "Career Services offers amazing resources for students that are about to make the transition from college to the real world. They are there to help and assist in any way possible. My advice to current CCU students would be to make connections and network. Make connections with your professors. They are there to help you and teach you. All of the professors live locally so more than likely have connections within the community that could lead to a possible job or internship. I would also suggest going to the career fair. That's how I found my job. The career fair is an opportunity to hand out resumes and do an impromptu interview. My last piece of advice would be to not settle. Don't settle on the first job offer you receive. Keep your options open and accept a job that you want and that you'll enjoy doing. If I accepted my first job offer, I would not be working at a great company that I'm with now."

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