Pasha Yates: QU Coordinator of Community Relations & Visual Design

What’s challenging/interesting/rewarding about my current job?

  • The most challenging and interesting part about my current job are the different elements I juggle on a daily basis. It’s not just sitting down and designing a postcard. It’s creating designs for postcards, posters, billboards, email blasts, social media, public relations. However, all these different things are what makes the job fun and interesting and I’m working with my colleagues but I’m also working with alumni, donors, current students and community members. Something new every day. I think the most rewarding part of my job are my coworkers. I really work with a great team.

How do I use various communication proficiencies in my work?

  • External Communication – using email blasts to communicate with alumni and donors.  potential students, parents, donors, the community

    Communicating with print vendors constantly, photographers,

    Internal Communication – students, faculty and staff,

    Public Communication – social media platforms

    So many types of communication.

    Honestly – email is my #1 friend.

What surprised me about my career?

  • I’m not sure if this really surprised me but it’s interesting as to the umbrella that communication covers. You probably won’t find a boring communication job. There are so many elements that are in the web of communication.

Here’s my number one piece of advice for Communication undergrads:

  • Practicum and Internships. Get out there and find what you’re passionate about and do as much work in that field as you can before you graduate. Not only will it help you learn hands-on skills but it can also help you learn the environment in which you want to be in when you graduate. Is a fast-paced environment something you’re interested in? Can you handle pressuring deadlines, last minute fires to diffuse, working with others in the field? Are you focusing on the right type of communication you want to do (PR vs. Broadcasting, vs. Journalism, etc)?

What should I have asked you? 

  • What advice would you give someone when looking for a job?

    My answer to that would be… while looking at the job description and qualifications are important when searching for a job, also think about beyond the job description. When searching…pay attention to the company. Does it align with your morals and beliefs? Look at the environment…does it appear to be an uplifting place with coworkers that enjoy seeing you every day? Does the job challenge you to do the best you can in your career? Does your boss seem like a team player or a dictator? Just because the job description seems great…this is somewhere you will be for 25% of your time each year. Look out for your mental health, and find a job you enjoy and that drives your passion. 

Class year

  • Class year: 2015 BA and 2017 MA

Previous jobs since graduation: 

  • Graduate Assistant at QU

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