Carl Gaines

Carl Gaines

Senior Communications Manager


Capital One

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Realized I loved to read and write and that I was good at it.
Decided to pursue something that was completely different and for which I had little or no talent.
Wasted a lot of time.
Went back to trying to do something that fit best with my skills and interests.
Went back to school in an area related to what I'm good at.
Got my current job with Capital One.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Western Albemarle High School
Bachelor
Music History, Literature, and Theory
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Graduate
Business and Economics Reporting
CUNY Graduate School and University Center

Career

Senior Communications Manager

I help the Commercial Real Estate Group communicate externally.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I direct the flow of press releases, search for new deals that might be interesting to promote externally, work with the Commercial Content Studio to come up with content that places our execs as thought leaders. We like to work in teams to solve problems so I'm often meeting with other people to brainstorm.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Writing and reading comprehension are very important to what I do, as is teamwork.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Read a lot--it can be anything. This includes fiction, non-fiction, magazines, other journals.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Music History, Literature, and Theory
graduate
Graduate
Business and Economics Reporting

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You'll never make money doing that and, besides, what if you're not good enough?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
LGBT