Communication as a Key to Success
Recognizing the importance of communication in today's increasingly connected world, Gilbert Martinez '19 decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Professional Communication. Now a Public Information Officer for the County of Sonoma, Gilbert began his new position in the midst of social unrest, wildfires, and a pandemic.
My career with the County of Sonoma started in the middle of two of the largest fires California had experienced and a once in a century pandemic. What I learned at USF was more than enough to prepare me for these crises."
Why did you choose USF?
The amount of support provided by faculty and staff is unrivaled. Each individual I spoke with provided a variety and unmeasurable amount of experience that I felt would translate well into the professional world. It was a great feeling knowing I could take any class offered by the program and being sure I would walk away with a reliable skill set.
What was your best experience in the program?
My best experience with the program was my first class with Tika Lamsal. Instantly I knew I had made the right choice in selecting USF as my grad program. The class was both entertaining and the most helpful class I have taken throughout my education career.
How did the Professional Communication program prepare you for your career?
My career with the County of Sonoma started with a trial by fire figuratively and literally. I entered the newly developed communication team while in the middle of two of the largest fires California had experienced and a once in a century pandemic. What I learned at USF was more than enough to prepare me for these crises, whether it was developing culturally thoughtful emergency messaging, technical messaging for fire safety and recovery, or research for new messaging. Each class with each professor has its merits and each has played a pivotal role in my career today.
Communication plays a critical role in today's connected world in just about every field imaginable. I selected Professional Communication to refine and focus my skill set to improve my career options. Being able to effectively communicate a message that is clear, concise, and sincere is imperative to the success of whomever you represent, be it a business or yourself."
GILBERT MARTINEZ MA '19