Robert Kolker shares words of wisdom with Texas State University
October 24, 2013 By: Chandler Voswinkel
Full time magazine writer for New York Magazine and author of "Lost Girls" Robert Kolker took the floor on Monday sharing post-graduation advice to Texas State students. Kolker walked students through what it took for him to get to where he is today.
Kolker told students of the time he spent bouncing between different writing jobs such as freelancing and local newspaper articles before starting his career as a writer at New York Magazine 15 years ago. Sharing his step by step journey seemed to put students at ease while planning for post-graduation.
“A lot of the career building happens after school, where you are jumping around and learning as you go and trying to put yourself in a professional situation.” Kolker said as he spoke to students about his careers’ beginning as a freelance writer. “I just wanted to be in print.” Kolker said.
Sarah Sutton, a Texas State Public Relations major, enjoyed hearing of Kolker’s experience and says he really put things into perspective. “He gave me hope after graduation.” Sutton said.
Kolker harped on a couple main points during his presentation on Monday, one of which being the importance of experience. Kolker believes that every person working their way up should get involved in a project that is being launched from the ground up. “I hope that each of you can be a part of something brand new. It is a tremendous learning opportunity.” Kolker said.
Another main point Kolker touched on was to never settle in a job and expect to be there for the rest of your life. “You have to keep your eye on the future…brand yourself.” Kolker said. He believes there is a strong importance in marketing yourself to your community, and in looking for ways to build your career.
“Relatable, motivating, and realistic.” Sutton said, are the three words she would use to best describe Kolker.
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