On November 14, 2017 Kellie Cominsky, Communications Coordinator at E. Holdings, Inc. presented at her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown during Geography Awareness Week. Geography Awareness Week occurs annually each November and Professor Dr. William Kory organizes activities and lecture series throughout the week. This week aims at providing students with a firsthand view of what it is to be a professional after completion of your undergraduate studies. A chief topic addressed during Geography Awareness Week is: What can I do with my Geography degree?
Titled “My Career Progression” Kellie’s presentation focused on the real world ups and downs of navigating job searches and interviews. It also highlighted her position as a County Planner and how her planning experience now informs her work serving clients as a communications consultant with E. Holdings, Inc. Kellie states “It was important to me to share some lessons learned throughout my job search in order to make sure the students understand the importance of perseverance. Your early career path might not always be ideal, but it is important to take every job, interview, and contact you meet along the way as an opportunity to grow your skills and expand your network.”
The presentation also focused on her work at E. Holdings, Inc. According to Kellie “as someone who not so long ago sat in one of those classrooms, I realized I wasn’t aware while in college what a consultant was, let alone how someone who was a geography major could be one. It was important to share how E. Holdings, Inc. connects people and place through our expertise and provide another career avenue the students likely were not aware of previously.”
“I just wanted to thank you for the superb presentation you gave to our students on November 14, 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. It was one of the best we had in the past few years. A number of students talked to me about how impressed they were with your presentation and with your answers to their questions. During Geography Awareness Week students get a sense of what it is like in the “real world” and you did a great job in portraying that message.”
-Dr. William B. Kory, Chair Department of Geography University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown