(December 2, 2014) STAA client William DeBoer is on a roll. In less than six months, he has secured two sports broadcasting jobs that allow him to work year-around. DeBoer will be the voice of the Kalamazoo Growlers for the 2015 season.
“At the collegiate level, no league stands taller than Northwoods. The Growlers played 72 games in 77 days last season, and every single one was broadcast,” says DeBoer.
“In a nutshell, I get to work roughly half a major league season in a similar time frame. Add to that the chance to work for the summer in West Michigan, about an hour away from where I went to college. How could I say no?”
This fall, DeBoer began a graduate assistant position at Columbus State (GA). That job includes play-by-play, color, and other multimedia responsibilities. Fortunately, the Growlers schedule fits in perfectly with DeBoer’s CSU timeline.
“The spring semester ends in early May, and the Growlers season starts around Memorial Day. Then that season wraps up in the middle of August, about the same time I’m due back at CSU. The timing couldn’t have worked out much better, really.”
Now that DeBoer has secured two jobs in less than six months with STAA, he has some tried and true advice for other job seekers.
“It’s never too early to start looking for the next gig. The good ones fill up quick, but if you put yourself out there and turn over every stone, chances are good you’ll find something fulfilling. Basically, the sportscasting version of ‘vote early, vote often!’”
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