As a communication major with an emphasis in journalism, Heather Taylor ’10 did not know her Web writing addiction would become a career until MyCorporation in Calabasas, Calif., hired her as its first social media manager. She certainly didn’t expect to be supervising her own CLU interns two years after graduation.
MyCorporation helps small businesses incorporate and form LLCs, and supports entrepreneurs applying for trademarks and copyrights. In her new job, Taylor gets to do what she loves – writing and lots of it – every day. Maintaining social media for the company is a constant job, so when her boss, CEO Deborah Sweeney (a CLU regent), suggested she hire interns to spread out the workload, she jumped at the chance.
James de Haan ’11, a graduate student in Ireland, responded to Taylor’s Facebook post and became her first telecommuting employee, making the nine-hour time difference work to the company’s benefit. CLU senior Kelsey Goeres rounded out the team.
“It’s really wonderful to have the opportunity to hire amazing people. You need to be prepared when life hands you these opportunities and be ready for them,” Taylor says. “While I knew both of them at CLU, we have been working together for over a year now, and it’s great. I try to be the kind of boss I would want to work for.”
Beyond the day job, Taylor freelances for HelloGiggles.com, a website for women founded by actor and musician Zooey Deschanel, and covers events and interviews celebrities for BettyConfidential.com.
She has advice for recent grads working in jobs that are less than they’d hoped for. “It won’t last forever,” she says. “Don’t give up. Keep working hard, be patient and stay optimistic, and your luck will turn around in your favor.”