Over the last three and a half years, I have had quite the adventure at the University of Missouri…going from a 11′x13′ un-air conditioned cinder block dorm room in the honors college with a 3 a.m. bed time before ROTC exercises at 5:30 a.m. to a stint as student body vice president, Friday nights consisting of Movie Gallery rentals with Andy’s frozen custard, and weekends in Ellis Library.
And now, it looks like I’m finally getting ready to wrap it up! After getting a degree in political science last month, I started down the path of actually doing something with my life and looking for a job, when I happened to stumble into a couple really great opportunities. I’ve spent the last month doing special projects for the Department of Student Life here at MU (though in reality, it seems that I am the designated : “I-find-cool-stuff-on-the-internet-to-distract-everyone-else-from-work guy” for the student Design Center) and it has been a great interim job. However, I’ve just confirmed my first post-college job and I am really excited about relocating and jumping into work!
As of next Monday, I will be starting work for Outrider, a strategic marketing company based out of St. Louis. I will be coming on board as a Social Media Specialist and working with a small team of other people in the social media area to develop integrated online media strategies and marketing plans for clients. Anyone can see the world is shifting to a more online-centric, social place and the best evidence I can find of this is in the way I came into my new position.
A few weeks ago, I was reading Jeremiah Owyang’s blog and saw a post on people who were “on the move” in the social media industry. I thought, well what is wrong with a little bit of self-promotion? So I left a comment, which you are free to go check out for yourself, basically saying “Hey, I haven’t been on the move…but I would like to be!” And as a result of this, Lisa Young from Outrider reached out to me with some information about the company and the industry as a whole..then I spent a day and a half pouring through Google and every other internet tool I could think of to absorb as much information as I could about the company. Well over the past few weeks, about 97.4 emails, and dozens of hours spent researching different aspects of the company and industry I decided that I really wanted to come on board with the firm and so…here I go!
So now I am looking for a sublease in St. Louis for a few months since my lease in Columbia isn’t up until July and double rent is never fun. So as I pour through craigslist (does that count as another variable in this giant social media equation? I think so…) looking for a new home, I’m pretty excited about joining the Outrider team next week! And if anyone knows of anyone needing a roommate in St. Louis, let me know!