We were given a very passionate lecture about foreign service and an understanding of what a foreign service officer does by a William Gleason, a former Doane College history professor today. Gleason is now the Eurasian studies coordinator from the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute.
On this trip we have been introduced to many opportunities available in the journalism world, but it was nice to hear about public relation opportunities that are fitting for a broad group of people.
A foreign service officer, whether working with policy or ambassadorial duties, their main mission is to protect America’s interest and be a representative of the United States among businesses and governments around the world. Gleason, not trying to persuade any of us to take on this mission, was simply laying down opportunities for young adults going into the workforce and for people that might be interested in this line of work. He made sure to advise that this career choice is not for all of us but for those few who can answer questions like, “Would you enjoy having a long-term career of 20 years or more?” or, “Could you tolerate situations where there may be a chance of physical danger or health hazards?”
It was very rewarding to hear Gleason’s proposal and I know that a few of us, if not more, were interested in this line of work.
After we had our conversation with Gleason, we had a short break before our tour of CBS, and soon after people got to their rooms we got notification that the CBS tour had been cancelled due to the President’s gun policy press conference. So many of us went back to our rooms and watched the broadcast and learned about President Obama’s proposal over gun control. When collecting thoughts from the other students in our Interterm class, some of us thought that Obama’s decision was wise and some of us had an opposition to his policy proposal. This topic was a hit for much of the day’s discussion.
Later on in the day we had a National Public Radio (NPR) tour, where we were informed about the strong mission of dedicated employees and broadcasting across the United States and among other countries. The majority of us were not well tuned into what NPR actually did or appreciative of the contributions that NPR contributes to the nation and the journalistic audience, but for those who had interest, they received a concise tour of the facility, what they do and internship opportunities.
For most of us, today has been very relaxed and uneventful, but tonight we reconnected with an alumnus of Doane, Taylor Foy, speechwriter and special project coordinator for Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns. Taylor met us at our hotel to discuss with us what he has done since Doane and answered many questions pertaining to what kind of experience we should have at Doane in order to be successful as a journalism major could have that might not be expected.
All in all, this rainy day has been relaxing, but still informationally impactful. It was nice to be able to hear from an ex-professor and an alumnus of Doane. NPR was not as popular but for those few who were fans, they got a fulfilling experience.