Friday, October 11, 2013

Why Am I Making A Blog? Well....

Hey whoever is reading this! I am Alexa Fletcher. You probably already know me if you are reading this but I'm just gonna go into some basics about who I am, why I'm making this blog, and what I hope to accomplish with it! I also plan on talking a little bit about my interviews with different organizations, and my experiences looking for positions! :)

I am from Brainerd, MN, which is a small town in central Minnesota, about an hour north of St. Cloud. I was born in St. Paul, MN and moved around a couple of times before my family decided to settle in Brainerd! My family consists of my parents, my 19 year old sister (also studying at the University of Minnesota Duluth), my 17 year old brother, and my 2 bull mastiffs, who I consider my children. I am 21 years old, and currently I am a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, going for my BBA in Marketing and Graphic Design. I am an avid Bulldog Hockey fan, as well as a baseball super fan! I love my Twins, Dodgers, and Giants! :)

So why am I making a blog? Most people aren't going to read this but I thought it might be a good idea for me to do! My main career focus is to become a part of the marketing department for a Major League Baseball team, and be involved in game day operations. I am very big into researching anything I go into, and it has been really hard for me to find anything about peoples' internships or career fair experiences. I want to be able to help out people find their careers and give them ideas as to what to do. I love sharing my experiences!

Most of my posts probably won't be very long, but they'll be informative as to what to do, who to talk to, and what questions to ask. I'm not looking to change the world, or write anything extremely profound. I just want to be able to help people. I want to ESPECIALLY help young women who want to get into the sports business. Yes, it's 2013, but the sports management field is still prettttty male dominated. I want to inspire young women to find their passion. There is nothing I love more than seeing someone who has their blinders on and is going after what they want. Passionate people are the ones who make a difference. :)

Now, I'm going to talk about my first internship fair experience! I attended the Minnesota Twins Intern and Career Fair on September 26th. It was at Target Field in the Delta 360 Legends Club, and it was a lot of fun. The Minnesota Twins had a few of their employees there, as well as the Minnesota Vikings, Timberwolves, and Lynx. The Northwoods League had many teams presents, along with a junior league hockey team, and a few event companies. We had about 3 hours to chat with whoever we were interested in. I felt it was extremely beneficial, not only to get the experience of going to a job fair, but getting to meet actual professionals and network. I even had a couple email me after the fair, telling me how impressed they were with me! It was a wonderful experience, and anyone who wants some of the flyers I got from there is welcome to ask me for a copy!

I spoke with almost all of the teams present at the fair. Some people I had lengthy conversations with, discussing sports, possible jobs, and future goals. A lot of it was just general networking.

Soon after the intern fair, I applied for about 5 positions within the internship program for the Minnesota Twins. I got a call two days later requesting a phone interview! If you know me, even remotely, you'll know that I was over the moon and about in tears. I finally got an interview for a position that I have been working towards since I was a freshman in high school. It finally felt like my countless hours of hard work was getting somewhere. 

I had my interview on Monday, October 7th, and it went even better that I imagined. I was asked a lot about my experiences in sports marketing, which thankfully, I have had two internships directly related to that. They let me know that I wouldn't know until around November if I would get called for a second interview, which unfortunately is kind of far out there. I am still excited though, at the opportunity to work with such a wonderful organization. 

As I have mentioned, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! I'm always excited to answer them. :)