Michele De Mola MCM’23 is a social media specialist at Living Brite, a solar energy company based in California, and a content manager for Pop Fizz Bar in Washington, D.C. She’s also engaged in an internship as a social media marketing intern for Starts With One Today, a non-profit organization.
After earning her B.A. in Communication Studies from Stockton University, she attended an “eye-opening” Master of Communication and Media (MCM) information session that she credits with shaping her academic and professional path. As she answers our three top questions, De Mola shares her experiences and imparts excellent advice for anyone considering the program.
SC&I: What made the MCM program work so well for you?
MD: After attending the online info session, I was excited about how the MCM program would open many doors for me, and I was right. It not only offered me invaluable insights into the communication, marketing, media, and public relations fields, but it also revealed an exciting range of opportunities awaiting MCM graduates. With great enthusiasm, I wholeheartedly committed myself to the program. Throughout my educational journey, I had the opportunity to secure three internships in the field of social media marketing. These valuable experiences not only allowed me to gain practical skills but also provided me with valuable insights and knowledge.
SC&I: What classes had the most impact on you?
MD: I enjoyed all my classes, and the ones that had the most profound impact on me are Digital Media Ethics, Digital Media Innovation, and ePortfolio. During my first semester in the program, I had the opportunity to enroll in Digital Media Innovation, and it quickly became a favorite of mine. This class not only imparted valuable knowledge but also encouraged critical thinking. Reading my classmates’ discussion boards was truly inspiring as it introduced me to fresh ideas and broadened my perspective. Given the ever-growing significance of the digital and technology landscape, I recognized the importance of taking this course. It was taught by Journalism and Media Studies Professor John Pavlik, who quickly became my favorite professor in the program due to his engaging teaching style. Building on this positive experience, I decided to take his Digital Media Ethics course and it proved to be another impactful class. This course enlightened us about crucial considerations when it comes to digital media. Furthermore, ePortfolio played a significant role in my professional journey by helping me enhance my existing resume, refine my LinkedIn profile, expand my network, and create a personal website that showcased my educational achievements and professional work. Thanks to ePortfolio, I was well-prepared to pursue employment opportunities.
SC&I: What advice would you like to share with current and prospective students?
MD: Prioritize gaining practical experience through internships and part-time jobs. These opportunities will provide hands-on experience and insights into your chosen field. Secondly, actively build your professional network by attending industry events and utilizing platforms like LinkedIn. Connect with professionals who hold positions you aspire to and seek their guidance and advice. Focus on developing both technical and transferable skills to enhance your marketability. Stay updated with industry trends and continuously adapt to new developments. Cultivate a strong online presence through platforms such as LinkedIn to showcase your skills and achievements. Keep in mind that career paths are often non-linear, so be open to exploring different opportunities and making changes along the way. Maintain a proactive, resilient, and open-minded mindset, and you'll be well on your way to a successful and fulfilling career.