Mark Mobley

Mark Mobley

Interactive Content Coordinator


PBS SoCaL

Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
University of California-Irvine
undergrad
Bachelor
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
University of California-Irvine
Career

Career

Interactive Content Coordinator

I promote PBS programs and initiatives online and on social media.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Technology
Technology
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Each day consists of me working on many different projects. I manage PBS SoCaL's online presence including website and social media accounts so I'm constantly making sure we have new, relevant, timely content. I update web content, ingest new videos, develop social media posts, promote PBS programming, analyze web analytics and write the program highlights e-newsletter. I love being able to create and share PBS related content on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I use my writing and communication skills to develop content that resonates with our audience. It's crucial to be able to communicate details and updates with others, especially when working with a variety of people inside and outside the organization. Flexibility and time-management are also very important skills to develop to handle multiple deadlines. Having prior internship and work experience is extremely valuable to be able to thrive in your professional career.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

By far the best way for a college student to gain experience is to intern at companies in the industry/field you are interested in working. This allows you to experience the day-to-day activities at a company and get a sense if you like working in that field. Try and intern with more than one company so you can start building a greater understanding of what you enjoy doing for a career. For social media positions, you will want to develop other skills on top of your social media knowledge.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Communications/Marketing
certification
Associate's Degree
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should go into the field of engineering like your grandfather and cousins."

I thought carefully about engineering and decided it wasn't one of my passions. You have to think about what you enjoy and want to pursue as a career. Don't let friends or family members try to push you towards a certain job, especially if it's something you aren't interested in. Don't choose a job to make someone else happy, choose it because it makes you happy!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

College is expensive and I tried to save as much money while in college as possible. I carefully budgeted out all my expenses and didn't spurge. I bought textbooks second hand as much as possible and I would check them out of the library.