Shonna Anderson

Shonna Anderson

Communications Consultant


Capital One

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
When I was young, my mom called me the Jabberwocky because I loved to communicate with people.
I loved learning about people and their experiences.
Then in college, I studied anthropology and human culture and studied abroad in Spain.
After college, I moved to Chile, then decided to go to grad school to study IR and Comm.
Then I got a job in PR and decided I didn't love PR but loved marketing, communications and events.
And since then, I've had many marketing/comm jobs in different industries-tech, banking, nonprofit.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Anthropology
University of California-Santa Barbara
Bachelor
Spanish Language and Literature
University of California-Santa Barbara
Graduate
International Relations and Affairs
Boston University

Career

Communications Consultant

I communicate through pictures, words and events to engage employees.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Education
Being Creative

Day to Day

No one day looks the same! I could be writing articles for a newsletter one minute, work with leaders on talking points for a town hall event the next, and then finishing up by creating a new graphic to promote a new initiative. The most exciting thing about my job is that I don't know what each day will bring. I may have a list of tasks that pop up in the morning but based on what comes up throughout the day, I have to be flexible and adapt to new situations.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I'm innately curious and love to learn new things. It has served me well in my career. I've taught myself how to manually code in HTML so I can create and maintain websites. I've also learned how to create graphics in PhotoShop through trial and error. I also think it's important to be confident and willing to speak up when you think you have a good idea or solution. Not everyone may agree with you, but you never know the response you'll get until you speak up.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

You don't need a graduate degree to do what I'm doing. I pursued my graduate degree because I didn't feel I was done learning and had a passion to continue my education. I think someone in college should take writing and communications courses to prepare themselves for the field, but I also think the best way to learn about the business is by doing it. Get an internship during college and see if you like the field.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You got laid off during the recession. Going on interview after interview is exhausting. No one is going to hire me."