I’ll try to wrap up the pitcher analysis soon. For now, talk amongst yourselves.
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I have to start looking for a real job soon. I am graduating in May and I am a Communications major. Anyone have any pointers or tips they can give me?
Perhaps you could take Adam Bernero’s place on the Braves roster. I don’t know how well (or badly) you pitch but I am sure you’ll do a better job than him. I can’t wait for Mac’s analysis on him ….
Hmm, thanks John. I bet I would be really good for about a week. I bet DelGatto hasn’t seen a 65mph fastball in 15 years!
Bernero’s analysis will probably be along the lines of my Brian Jordan analysis.
There’s always grad school, if you just can’t bear to enter the real world yet.
Adam Bernero isn’t on the Braves’ roster, and hasn’t been for months. He was DFA’d in September and signed a minor league deal with the Royals this offseason.
Smitty, I’m trying to figure out the same thing, except I’m a political science major.
In other news, though, I want to say that I think the way the Astros have been treating Jeff Bagwell this offseason is just atrocious. After everything he’s given them, along with Biggio, to bring credibility to a franchise that has never won the World Series, all the loyalty he has shown in never going to another team, they’re trying to shove him out the door without so much as a “Thank you” or an “Excuse me.” He has the right to be pissed, because he deserves a lot better treatment than these weasels are giving him.
I hope we trade them Adam LaRoche and he takes Bagwell’s spot on the roster and in the field. That’ll teach them a lesson about penny-pinching.
I’m a communications guy as well. The best thing I had going for me is copius experience. That was pretty much my gateway into my current job.
Getting experience is sometimes the tough part. Does your college have a radio station or tv station? If so, get in there. If you are there already, try to get a “paid staff” position (i.e.-program director, news director, etc.) That always looks great on the resume.
Finally, you will probably struggle early on in communications, money wise. Don’t get discouraged. Tough it out. Show your willing to put 110% in your entery level job, learn all you can, and compliment your boss’s toupee if you have to. Just make a good impression and get experience.
If that fails, then try out to be the Braves’ closer.
Well there you go. A Braves major league relief pitcher can’t even get onto the roster of the worst team in baseball for the last five years …
Thanks for the advice Mike. However, I already have a job thanks – think it is Smitty is more in need of the advice ….
Go to law school. The world could always use more lawyers.
Well I think Bagwell owes the Astros alot too, haven’t they paid him millions of dollars for several years now, and now all they are asking is for him to retire, so they can claim insurance on the $17 million they would still have to pay him. smitty, everything Mike said is pretty fair advice, except for the 110% comment. You can’t put in more than you have, so you really should just try to put in 100% and everything else will come as it comes.
Smitty, I was a Communications major who graduated in 1999 from a NC University. After interviewing several times over a few months for a job in my field, I ended up settling for a job in outside sales. I think a lot of Communications grads without real-world experience end up in sales, for better or worse. So I suppose my tip (What I wish I had done) is also to get as much pre-graduation experience as an intern, paid employee or even as a volunteer if you have to in order to get a job in the Communications field. It was a tough field for me to break into, at least.
From the last thread, since I cant have KKs right now i want to talk about them as i eat my replacement level donut
TN Brave Wrote
“The Krispy Kremes that are packaged up and sent to the grocery stores are pretty darn good ONLY until you have had a fresh, hot one when the “hot light” is on. After you eat one of those, and it literally melts in your mouth, you will never buy one from the grocery store again.”
Me, ive driven almost an hour for the express purpose of eating fresh KKs
The store KK’s are only to be bought if your dying for a KK fix. I’ve had to do it a few times much to my shame. Mostly during a long drive somewhere and I don’t have time to hunt for the Krispy Kreme heaven.
Dunkin Doughnuts should not be bought at all.
Heh. I’m recruiting poli sci and communications majors at FSU right now, but we’re looking for people from all around the country. Email me if you’re interested in a job with a politically progressive but non-partisan non-profit. I was an undergrad poli sci major last year…I know how tough it is.
Remember how much Bobby loved Bernero at the beginning of last season? It’s the little mistakes that keep things interesting, I guess.
Since there’s lots of talk of communication job hunting I’ll add my worthless two cents. I just finished grad school in comm in December and have been looking for a decent paying job since last March. I think I am being offered an entry-level one at a Nashville PR firm tomorrow, but I have worked 6 internships, mostly unpaid. It’s a brutal industry, but not bad if you actually make it up the ladder, I hear.
Doesn’t Hank Aaron own a Krispy Kreme franchise?
Every student, regardless of his or her major, should leave college possessing strong writing skills. The more effectively you communicate, the more you can accomplish.
I agree. Being able to write good is a must.
Also, I disagree re: KK donuts. I love the fresh ones. I love the gas station ones. They are different foods for different moods, and I think each type should be revered equally.
Also, please avoid law school. It’s not fun.
You did this on purpose, right, Stu?
Being able to write good is a must.
I was an English major, so really my only options upon graduation were more school, or hobo. I chose incorrectly and am now in law school. So yeah don’t go to law school. I’m sure other graduate level schools are fine. I’m starting to wish I’d just got my masters and doctorate in English, but I don’t wanna teach, so I don’t even know where that’d have gotten me.
Of course right now I’m sitting in the worst class that anyone has ever, or could possibly take. There are good days. Basically, I’ve offered no help. So, I’ll just bring forth a memory of an episode of the Simpsons. The one where Bart turns into a faith healer, and the kicker in the big game loses his foot, and Dr. Hibbert says something like “Well, your football career is over, but at least you’ll have you degree in… Communications!? Dear Lord….”
Latnam, then you’d just be putting off becoming a hobo for a few years, might as well start gaining that valuable experience early on so you can move up the ladder…to dead hobo.
If I haven’t mentioned it lately, I’m actually working towards a doctorate in communications, though I came through the back door (library science).
Mac, that can’t be worse than getting your MBA. There’s nothing like seeing the concept of net present value for the first time in your first finance class, running the NPV calculation for going to business school, seeing an extraordinarily large negative number for any reasonable time horizon, and then realizing what a horribly bad financial decision you have just made. Good times.
So, Mac, will you make us all call you Dr. Thomason when you graduate? I know I would.
I was an English major, which if anything, taught me how to create an attractive resume. As a fortunate result, I’ve been at the same marketing/communications job since coming out of school (five years), but I’m shooting for business school in the fall, which I would definitely suggest to anyone even contemplating it. I wish I had done it sooner.
Who’s taken the GMATs recently? I’m currently studying for them and so far, all I’ve learned is that it seems hard.
Alex lurks sometimes, I think.
Is this like a Paul is dead rumor?
I’m a 50 year old undergrad in business admin. Go do something you like. You’re already used to bad food and no money, so find a minor league ballclub and do the ugly stuff and keep networking.
You’re never beat if you don’t quit!
Wish I new how to do your neat text boxes.
It always scares me when Andruw bulks up. It tends to involve hamburger lifting…
The following was on ESPN.COM
Braves Bulk Up:
The Braves’ lineup might feature a little more muscle this season.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Andruw Jones has added five pounds of muscle and is up to 230, while Jeff Francoeur is up to 225 from 217 last season. The two players were among Braves taking part in an informal hitting session Wednesday at Turner Field.
“I lifted a lot of weights,” Jones, who led the majors with 51 homers and the National League with 128 RBI, told the newspaper. “I got a little stronger, because it’s a long season, especially for a guy like me who plays every day. I’m also going to lift some during the season, which I haven’t done before.”
hoboken wood, why do you recommend an MBA, especially given Rufino’s opposite feelings? I have taken 3 MBA classes, which were decent. I might take the remaining 12 classes later.
Mac, how do you like your doctoral program? That’s another area I have considered, but not until getting at least 5 years of PR experience.
Ah, it’s started!
“Joe Hitter’s been lifting weights this winter! Look for more power!”
“Bob Fielder lost weight this winter and is in the best shape of his career! Look for a career year!”
“If Tom Pitcher’s second half was any indication, he’s in for a big year.”
The unbridled optimism of spring — it both makes me giddy and annoys the piss out of me.
If Bagwell isn’t healthy then he is not treating the Astros right by trying to play. In today’s baseball economy, 17 mil for someone who is walking wounded can really hurt a team.
I like the program fine so far, but I’m only going part-time for now. UA’s a top ten communications school, so we’ve got good faculty there.
Is anyone here in med school? And is law school all that terrible? I’ve heard the first year is absolute hell and then it gets better after that. I’m stuck between wanting to be a bio major and a poli sci major, and unfortunately, there is almost no overlap so doing a double major would probably kill me. I know a guy who’s double majoring in (get this!) neuroscience and trumpet performance and is about to go mad. So I’m trying to collect as much input as I can so I can pick one or the other.
Thank goodness I’m only a freshman!
JB, just use <blockquote>sample text</blockquote> and you get:
And jenny, do they offer a “Ruining a Decent Joke by Discussing it” class at your school? You’d earn high marks.
I don’t see how the Astros are mistreating Bagwell. It’s the other way around. As much as Bagwell (and Biggio) have done for Houston, they still got paid A LOT of money to do it. Even if Bagwell was healthy, his performance wouldn’t be worth $17 million per. Now that he can barely, if at all, play, why is it wrong for the Astros to want to get insurance to pick it up and let Bagwell retire when, well, he should. In the end, it’s better for him anyway. He’s going to have an even more dramatic decline and is gonna have Dale Murphy Syndrome when he gets eligible for the Hall.
Stu, what the heck, dude? Are you being serious?
Jenny, you’ll probably end up not doing either one. I know I changed majors 3 times between my freshman and soph. year, but who know’s which one would be better for you. I ended up double majoring in Economics & Finance w/ in a minor in Philosophy and I hated all three, so go figure!
I too have an English degree. It always astonishes me that a large pct of folks I run into on these boards are humanities types. Anyway, I too had the hobo/grad school choice and went hobo (sort of). I sat for the Civil Service exam, and became an auditor for the IRS, which was nothing but a day job to support my career as a musician. Best 10 years I ever spent. I wound up as a telecom software engineer, but I guess we all have to grow up sometime. Bottom line – grad school is fine, but you can always go back, and I hate debt. I enjoyed doing my thing for a few years before settling down to make some dough.
Josh, I can’t really recommend it since I’m just trying to get there, whereas Rufino–and you as well–have actually taken classes. I guess my point in suggesting it was that I wish I had started my GMAT/application process sooner out of undergrad.
I’ve wavered for five years, primarily for financial reasons, which I’m assuming are RL’s main drawbacks as well; naturally, the appeal of making your own money and repaying those 4 year loans is much greater than remaining broke and incurring even more debt. But I’ve realized that MBAs, while certainly not a prerequisite for a good job, don’t hurt either.
That’s just me though. I know the answer to the “Do MBAs matter?” question isn’t a unanimous one.
I’ve been weighing the MBA question as well. Actually I’ve been weighing it practically since I graduated in 1997. But then I wanted to get some practical work experience under my belt, then I had some of the same thoughts as Rufino above, and have still not done anything. Well, not completely “not anything”, as I have taken the GMAT. But I’m still not in a financial position to quit working to go to school full time, and the night programs around here (there are actually about a half-dozen choices) are not very strong (Wake Forest, which has night and/or weekend classes in Charlotte, is a strong program, but is priced way out of my reach – $56k+). I guess everybody’s got their own decisions to make…
Thanks for the different perspectives on the MBA/Ph.d question.
Rob, I agree that Bagwell is WAY overpaid, but that’s not really his fault. The problem is that the team is blaming Bagwell’s contract on him, when in fact they’re the people who handed it to him and owe him the money.
The reason I blame the Astros is that they’re handling this really tactlessly. If they had told Bags that they would love to have his bat in the lineup if he were healthy, but to have $17 million tied up in an injured player really hampers their ability to put a competitive team, I’m guessing that he would understand. But that’s not what they did. They basically told him to give up, to admit that he was broken beyond repair, and told him that he wasn’t worth the money they were paying him. Which is kind of an asshole thing to say to a potential Hall of Famer who has played his entire career for one team.
Just saw that our old friend George Lombard signed a minor league deal with the Natspos. Man, remember when he was supposed to be the next Junior Griffey?
You never can tell: some guys bust (or pop, if you will) like Van Poppel, and sometimes a 62nd rounder becomes a HOF catcher.
Sorry for ruining your joke, Stu. We do indeed have that class. It’s called “Being a Snotty Freshman at a Liberal Arts School Where They Never Let Anything Just Stand On Its Own Without Analyzing It Half to Death 110.” I have an A-.
Seriously, though, there was a part of me that was wondering if you made the grammatical error by accident. Which was WAY funnier! At least to me. Sort of like when I got an assignment in middle school telling me that 5% would be taken off for “spelling and grammer errors.”
Re Bagwell: I understand why the Astros are doing what they’re doing but I don’t think they’re going about it very well. This could get really ugly, IMO. Not something I’m looking forward to seeing.
Oh, and despite the fact that the Patriots did not actually qualify for the Super Bowl, they will be highly visible anyway, in an attempt to keep this whole “dynasty” garbage alive, or maybe just rub it in the faces of Pats fans that they aren’t in the game to get an annoying irrelevant storyline. Bill Belichick is doing pregame analysis and Tom Brady is doing the coin toss.
Somebody explain this to me. I’m a Pats fan myself and I think it’s stupid.
Brady is doing the coin toss? WTF?
Or a 53rd rounder becomes an all-star second baseman… Lombard wasn’t supposed to be the next Junior Griffey, he was supposed to be the next Herschel Walker! That was a silly experiment in many ways. At the time, baseball teams were obsessed with drafting football players. The Braves drafted Mark Brunell at one time, and I don’t even know if he played baseball in college. Lombard looked like a good player for one year, with Greenville, but that’s pretty much it.
“Sorry for ruining your joke, Stu. We do indeed have that class. It’s called “Being a Snotty Freshman at a Liberal Arts School Where They Never Let Anything Just Stand On Its Own Without Analyzing It Half to Death 110.” I have an A-. ”
God, I really hate people and professors over-analyzing stuff. On the other hand I will sometimes do it for the fun of it(its sort of a game of how much BS can i spew) or if i need brownie points with a prof or to make the hot girl next to me think im all smart, just be cause i am really REALLY good at that sort of BS. Sometimes thats the only way to entertain yourself in a boring class
Off topic and late: does anyone here know if General Beauregard Lee saw his shadow or not?