Sam Lee ’12

It’s not always easy finding your dream job. Sam Lee, who majored in Communication at SPU, knows that firsthand.

“It took me hundreds of job applications and dozens of interviews,” Sam says. “It’s frustrating hearing the same rejection: ‘We like you but we decided to go with someone with more experience.’”

The solution? Experience, Sam says, and good advice from SPU’s Center for Career and Calling.

“Get experience wherever you can, even if it’s an unpaid internship.”

Initially, Sam had been looking only for sales jobs, since that’s where he had the most experience. But counselors at the CCC encouraged him to look for jobs he would enjoy and where his majors would be relevant.

“It might seem counterproductive to work a part-time job for a few months while you look for the ideal job,” he says. “But time flies when you’re out of school, so spend as much time while you’re still a student to figure out what it is you want to do after graduation.”

Sam eventually landed a job at Super Charge Marketing, where he is now the creative director.

“The power of social media has been growing at a startling rate,” he says of what drew him to the role. “My position allows me to continually seek after new forms of social media and new ways to communicate to millions of people.”

He credits counselors from the CCC for encouraging him and giving him the resources necessary to succeed, especially Patty Farmer. “Patty really encouraged me to find a job doing what I enjoy doing.”

“They really helped me to look at the bigger picture,” he says. “It took me close to six months to find my dream job…but looking back, the time I spent to figure out what I really wanted to do was definitely worth it.”

Alison Brooks

Alison’s Story

When Alison Brooks began her search for a job in event planning, she was expecting a formal process. What ensued was something quite different.

Nathan Anderson

Nathan’s Story

“I knew a desk job wasn’t for me,” Nathan Anderson says. As a reliability engineer for International Paper, he spends his time in the field learning from technicians, engineers, and operators.