February 1, 2019 at 11:50 pm

Career Week | English Alumni Panels, ‘How to Get a Cool Job,’ Feb. 1

Ohio University’s English Department welcomes back four alumni for panels on “How to Get a Cool Job: A Chat with English Alumni Who’ve Made It” on Friday, Feb. 1, in Ellis 109.

The event features two discussion panels, as well as free Avalanche Pizza. Panelists will discuss the job market for English majors and provide tips on finding a dream job.

  • 11:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.– Panel #1
  • 12:35 to 1:10 p.m. – Avalanche Pizza served
  • 1:10 to 1:55 p.m. – Panel #2

Panelists include Clare Cottrill, Mike Cottrill, Autumn Davis, and Samantha Flores. The event is part of the College of Arts & Sciences Career and Networking Week.

Clare Cottrill, portrait

Clare Cottrill

Clare Cottrill ’01 is a marketing specialist at Hyland, a software-as-a-service company near Cleveland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO in 2001. In 2002, she began a career in magazine publishing at Great Lakes Publishing Co. in Cleveland. After five years as an editor at Ohio Magazine, she began working as a managing editor at Smart Business Magazine, focusing in custom content. She earned an M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University in 2010. She lives in Fairview Park, Ohio, with her husband, Mike, 4-year-old daughter, Gwen, and their Goldendoodle Beezy.

Mike Cottrill, portrait

Mike Cottrill

Mike Cottrill ’05 is co-founder and CEO of NgageContent, a marketing technology agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Before starting NgageContent, he started off in journalism, taking on editor roles at The Athens Messenger and Smart Business Magazine before moving into digital publishing at Smart Business. Leading the digital team pushed him in the direction of software, and he went on to become the head of sales and marketing at ExchangeBase, a software-as-a-service company in the asset recovery industry. Three years later, Cottrill and his business partner, JD Eaton, founded NgageContent in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from OHIO’s College of Arts & Sciences and a master’s degree in Mass Communications from Kent State. He lives in Fairview Park, Ohio, with his wife, Clare, their daughter, Gwen, and the family dog, Beezy.

Autumn Davis, portrait

Autumn Davis

Autumn Davis ’04 earned a B.A. in English from OHIO’s College of Arts & Sciences. In 2018, Autumn graduated with an M.A. in Teaching, Special Education, from Liberty University. She currently works as an intervention specialist with Ross-Pike Educational Service District. Prior to teaching, she was a staff writer with Brown Publishing Co., marketing and public relations director for Pike Community Hospital, and a sales representative for Brown Publishing. Throughout her many endeavors in the workforce, she continued to build her skills in public relations, planning, writing, and graphic design. She resides in Piketon, Ohio with her husband, Jeremy, and two children, Ruby (11) and Asher (7).

Samantha Flores, portrait

Samantha Flores

Samantha Flores ’09 spends her days at Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio optimizing a network of more than 160 hunger-relief programs operating in a four-county region. She is learning and actively applying human-centered service design principles to reimagine food distributions (let her know if you have any ideas). She earned a B.A. in English from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO. She began her nonprofit career by serving for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA assigned to the Ohio Benefit Bank project, a project that makes it easier for people to sign up and receive federal food and tax assistance. After her years of service, she spent five years in South Korea teaching English to a wide variety of children and adults and learning life. As a direct outcome of her time in Korea, she will travel long distances for a bowl of good bibimbap or a mungbean pancake. Her personal goal is to walk and jog 2,019 miles in 2019.


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