(April 26, 2012) More than one hundred and sixty years ago, young men from New England and other parts of the east coast saddled up and rode west, hoping to strike it rich. Present day California no longer attracts gold-panning fortune hunters, however, one STAA client is California-bound after landing a golden opportunity. Jared Shafran has accepted the broadcasting and media relations position with the Palm Springs Power baseball team this summer.
“This is a great opportunity for me because I will be able to get plenty of professional experience in both broadcasting and media relations in a short amount of time, while living in a new and different area of the country,” says Shafran.
“I am especially looking forward to working in baseball, a sport that I’ve grown up watching. I’ve worked hard during my college years with hopes of landing a job in broadcasting. For someone to put the trust in me as a voice of a team at any level is really a dream come true.”
A December graduate of Northeastern University, Shafran has been working for his alma mater as the Sports Information Director for baseball. During his time as a student, Shafran completed internships with NESN and 890 ESPN, and also practiced his play-by-play in basketball, baseball, and hockey.
Shafran was quick to apply for the Power opening, after discovering it through STAA.
“Shortly after [applying] I was contacted about an interview, which went very well. I was able to use my experience working in sports information to promote myself as someone who would be able to work well in media relations.”
The post-college job market can be frustrating for aspiring broadcasters; Shafran encourages those who are mining the job market to be tenacious.
“My advice to anyone else in the job market is to be persistent and prepared. Don’t get discouraged — keep applying to openings. If you are prepared to apply before jobs become available, you are in a much better position to be one of the first applications that potential employers consider.”
(Visit Jared’s STAA Talent Page).