Nicole Bailey

Nicole Bailey

Education Associate


PBS

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I wanted to be an actress. In community college, I discovered my true passion was writing.
I changed my major from Theater to English. I started working specifically on my creative writing.
During my first year of graduate school, I worked for a Chamber of Commerce.
Then I enjoyed my studies so much, I started to think I wanted to be an English professor.
But I changed my mind once I worked for the Alumni Association at my university.
I went back to working towards a career using my writing skills on behalf of non-profit development.
Eventually, I got a great job at PBS SoCal!
Education

Education

highschool
High School
La Habra High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
California State University-Fullerton
graduate
Graduate
English Language and Literature, General
California State University-Fullerton
Career

Career

Education Associate

I develop outreach content and support student growth through public programs.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

The most rewarding part about my job is the opportunity to develop content that directly helps students grow and encourages them to stick with their educational goals. In my position, I have many different chances to teach students about media and help them explore internship and career options.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

It's important to be able to prioritize and set goals for yourself so that you are always working towards something specific. This way you are on your way to achieving something no matter how small the task. Public speaking skills are an important aspect of my job. Fortunately, I have had a lot of practice speaking publicly through extracurricular activities like theater.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I would try and find an opportunity to take a leadership position in any kind of extracurricular activity. It can be anything that interests you and exercises your ability to work with a team and practice your writing and public speaking skills.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
graduate
Graduate
English Language and Literature, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"You can't make money writing." "Graduate school will cost way too much money." "I won't help you pay for college."

Sometimes there seemed to be so many obstacles in the way. Whether it was money or when my stories were rejected or even when it seemed like there was no way I could pay for my schooling, I had to eventually remember the true heart of my dream. I wanted a career that fulfilled my love of writing and allowed me to give back to my community. I found inspiration through reading my favorite books or learning about people who had overcome difficult situations like mine.