Even after getting her bachelor’s degree and finding her way in the workforce, Katie Feirer still uses the notes she took in her courses at Macomb Community College to guide her career.
The Harrison Township native, who also got experience as a work-study in Macomb’s marketing department before transferring to Michigan State University and graduating with a degree in advertising, now runs her own social media agency, Burlap and Mason Consulting.
“I felt very prepared” transitioning from Macomb to MSU, Feirer said. “I was actually able to transfer most of my credits, thankfully, so I was able to start at a junior level and take the core classes I needed right away.”
Building her list of clients has been an extension of something Feirer learned at Macomb: Networking with people is critical.
“Start with your professors, because you never know who they know,” Feirer said. “Having those connections was so helpful in the job market – sometimes jobs aren’t posted, so knowing someone at the company is super helpful.”
Her other advice: Get out of your comfort zone and get involved in extracurricular activities. Feirer was involved in several, including an adaptive sports club where she took part in hockey, tennis, hand cycling and kayaking.
“That gave me a whole new group of friends I’d never known otherwise,” Feirer said. “Get out and don’t be afraid.”