Representatives from Columbia Home Magazine encouraged graphic design students to follow their passion, be open to change and to have positive attitudes when they’re trying to land their first job out of college.
And when looking for that job? Don’t assume a larger market is going to result in a better working experience, the team said.
Chris Harrison, general manager, Angela Huhman, publisher, Erica Pefferman, sales director, and Kristi McCann, digital assets manager, all worked or interned for larger corporations before coming to Columbia Home, a sister publication to Columbia Business Times. They agreed that one of the advantages of working for a smaller publication is that everyone is able to have a say in the process.
“When you have a culture that doesn’t allow everyone to contribute as a team, creativity gets stifled,” Harrison said.
The magazine staff gave a presentation at Stephens today as part of the graphic design program's Professional Lecture Series, which brings industry experts to campus. This particular event was sponsored by Creative Ink, Stephens' student-run marketing firm. During the lunchtime discussion, each Columbia Home representative talked about his or her career path and gave insights into what they do on a daily basis.
If students left wanting to intern or work for the magazine, it’s little wonder. The Columbia Home team members spent the bulk of the hour talking about how much they love working there.
“I love everything about this job,” said Huhman, who became publisher this fall. “I love the interior designing, the fashion shoots, the recipes and food aspect—everything. I instantly fell in love with this magazine.”
McCann, a recent University of Missouri graduate, returned to Columbia after completing an internship with a large publication in Dallas. Although she enjoyed her time there, McCann said it’s more difficult to interact with higher ups at larger companies. At Columbia Home, she said, she’s comfortable sharing ideas with those at the top.
“I’m passionate about my job,” she said. “I enjoy going to work every single day.”
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