Patricia Fuentes

Patricia Fuentes

Social and Digital Content Manager


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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to college and grad school. Studied writing. Taught writing.
Published some of my writing.
Got a job as a reporter and editor.
Got a job in corporate communications in internal communications and then public relations.
For 4 years was a freelance writer, independent communications professional, and blogger.
Got a job as a digital content and social media manager.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
French International School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
George Mason University
graduate
Graduate
Creative Writing
George Mason University
Career

Career

Social and Digital Content Manager

I manage social and digital content about the company's work in the community.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

I talk to my colleagues and partner organizations to gather stories about volunteer activities, nonprofit partnerships, events and announcements that might lead to great stories I can tell in social media and our digital channels. I write stories and curate photos and video that enhance them. I engage with our online audiences, answering questions and monitoring their responses. I also engage with our partners online to make sure we're supporting their mission and amplifying their messages.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A sense of curiosity to dig for good stories. Empathy to really understand the subjects of the stories and get to the core of their experience. Perseverance to pursue a story even when it's hard or slow. A good eye for engaging and interesting images. And of course technical skills around analytics and using social media, which didn't even exist when I was in school!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Read a lots of different things: books, magazines, blogs, social media. Be selective about what you read, especially online because there's a lot out there! Write as much as you can; it'll come more easily the more you do it. Make some of your writing public through social media, a blog, the student paper, or a writing group. You'll get feedback and be forced to have a point of view and decide on a few topics you want to become an expert in and write about a lot so you become known for them.

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
Creative Writing
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You can't make money as a writer. If you study english you have to be a teacher. You can't have a real job and continue your creative writing/publishing."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial