Scripps Senior Saturday Promises Networking, Career Advice

Finding a job after graduation can be a daunting task for most graduating seniors, especially in today’s current economy. Scripps Senior Saturday, a free event through the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, hopes to make that job search process a little easier.

The event, sponsored by the Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends, will take place on Saturday, February 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Scripps Hall. Seniors will receive resume critiques, advice on their portfolios, advice on cover letters and job hunting strategies.

Senior Sienna Tomko, who is graduating with a degree in Strategic Communications, has been excited to attend the event since she heard about it her freshman year.

“Each year there’s hype around the Senior Saturday event. I’m excited to finally be able to participate,” Tomko said. “With graduation around the corner and the job search underway, I’m excited to finally be able to attend the event.”

In past years, 75 to 100 students have attended Scripps Senior Saturday. Co-chairs for the event, seniors Colleen Veeley and Rachel Larimore, hope to draw in more students this year with a restructured professional panel where students can network with experienced pros in their field.

“We’ve revamped the professional panels to reflect the fact that students no longer have sequences,” Larimore said. “Instead of going by sequences, we’re focusing on specializations: news writing, culture writing, broadcast and strategic communications.”

Seniors will also have the opportunity to listen to guest speaker and alumna, Allie LaForce. LaForce is the Co-Host of the CBS Sports Network’s late-night show Lead Off. She graduated in 2011 from the Honor Tutorial College, where she studied broadcast journalism.

“Allie represents the group of younger alums who are doing great things,” Larimore said. “Look at her bio, I don’t think she’s ever had just one job at a time. That’s one of the hallmarks of a Scripps grad. You can count on them to outwork everyone else to get to the top.”

In addition to the keynote speaker and professional panels, there will also be a presentation from visiting professor, Andy Alexander. Afterwards, seniors will be able to network and receive career advice from various professionals who are in attendance.

“This year’s speakers and panelists are all active in their fields and can provide general advice on career paths or help with your job search,” Veeley said. “Networking is a perfect way for seniors to kick off their job search and Senior Saturday provides this opportunity.

To Tomko, however, Scripps Senior Saturday means more than just getting ahead in the job search process.

“I’ve worked extremely hard these past three and a half years to get where I am today, and although Senior Saturday is a day to help prepare us for graduation, it’s also a celebration of our hard work, commitment and love of OU.”

Written by E.W. Scripps School of Journalism ImPRessions Account Associate, Kate Schroeder.