Thursday, May 9, 2013

Y2Y Connecting with Alumni: MacLain Christie, '13 Finds Focus Through Shadowing Experience

Senior MacLain Christie, BCS,  says a visit with UR alum Adam Konowe, '90, has helped him make the decision to pursue a career in advertising after graduation.

The two met at the Career and Internship Center's Networking Night during
Meliora Weekend this Fall where they connected over their shared experience at WRUR. MacLain followed up by email, then a phone call about projects at the radio station.

"We talked for a while about the subject," MacLain says, "Then he invited me down to D.C. to shadow him at his advertising agency, TMP Government, and to sit in on his public relations class at American University."

MacLain heard a guest lecturer from the State Department during the public relations class his first evening in D.C. "The next morning I shadowed Adam at his job where he is an account manager for the defense clients of TMP Government," MacLain says.
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"I spent time in the office talking with a creative director, a copywriter, and another account manager. From this I got a good handle on how an ad agency works," he says.
"For lunch, Adam and I drove into downtown D.C. and had lunch at the National Press Club with a radio host for the Sirius/XM show P.O.T.U.S. who gave me a description of how he got into broadcasting and what life is like as a broadcaster," says MacLain.

"It showed me that you can go into advertising for almost any field," he says. "And, most people here at UR stress using a BCS major to continue in research and medical school, when advertising is a very relevant field for the major."
"I would recommend (a job shadow experience) this to my peers because you can get a hands on taste for what the career is going to be like and see if you love it or hate it," he says. MacLain has his foot in the door at a NYC music house that composes and produces music for TV advertisements, and hopes to apprentice there this fall.

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