My Spartan Success with Sean Wilson

Sean Wislon, 2016

Interview Conducted  by Laurie Child

Written By Victoria Perrotta

When do you graduate, and what is your major?

Sean Wilson is currently a senior and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. He is majoring in Communications with a Minor in Public Relations.


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Sean Wilson at Fox News Station

How did you hear about the position?

Sean is currently interning with Fox News in the Digital Library Department where he pulls, cuts, and edits old video clips to be used on the Digital Platform. Sean had previously applied for a position at Fox but missed the deadline, and was unsuccessful. He reapplied the next time it became available and was contacted for an interview.

 

Can you explain the interview process?

The interview process was a unique one, and split into 4 phases. The first phase, applying online and submitting his resume and cover letter.  After a successful screening, he was then contacted for phase 2 of the interview process – an online process in which he assumed he would be talking with someone via Skype.  Instead, it consisted of a question popping up on the screen, and given 60 seconds to answer before moving to the next question.  After completing this phase successfully, Sean was contacted for a phone interview and eventually obtained the position.   Unlike the traditional interview process, Sean was never asked to come in and participate in a face to face conversation.

How did STAC help you in your career search?

Sean used the Career Development Office during his early years at STAC, helping him put his resume together and layout his experience appropriately.  Sean has really benefited from the small school environment, taking advantage of the personal connection with professors and participating in classes that may not be available at larger institutions.   An example of this is the Communication Skills in Business class which is taught by Professor Winship. Part of this class involves participating in a Mock Interview, and completing a self-evaluation of your answers and preparation.  Sean found this very useful and was able to apply his knowledge to his Fox success.  

What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?    

Sean loves his current Fox News internship, “I love the fast paced environment of working in New York City, and the social aspect of the office”.  Sean has recently obtained another internship with Fox News in the production department.  Although he loved his time in the Digital Library, he wants to pursue a career in production, and this internship is a dream come true.   

What advice would you give to STAC students looking for a job or internship?      

Sean’s advice for current students is to “get yourself out there”.  Although it seems daunting, you have to be proactive and leverage the opportunities STAC provides with the small school environment and the services offered here.  “Before successfully getting this position with Fox, I applied to 20 plus companies, and did not hear back from any of them”.  He went on take an unpaid Internship with the Rockland Boulders which although was not top of his list, gave him the direct experience to production, and allowed him to compile a professional portfolio with published works. He advises students to “consider every opportunity, and not overlook anything that may not be top of your list – learn to say yes”.

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