Duncan McInnes graduated Binghamton University in 2017 with majors in Art & Design and Spanish Language & Literature. Read on to learn more about his current role in digital communications.
Current Job Title:
Digital Communications Manager
Where do you work?
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
What activities and clubs/organizations did you participate in at Binghamton?
Resident Assistant in CIW; Student intern and later employee at Fleishman Center; Employee at John Arthur Cafe; Study abroad in Florence, Italy
Did you do an internship(s)?
Yes – Kenneth Cole Productions, Michael Kors, Fleishman Center, and (right after graduation) Major League Baseball
How can students connect with you?
How did your experience at Binghamton help prepare you for your first position after graduation?
My most important experiences at Binghamton were my internships and my study abroad experience – both taught me the value of trying new things and immersing myself in different environments. Classes give you the technical skills, but they can’t teach you to think on your feet or deal with all kinds of people and situations.
For a career in your field, what skills do you think are most important right now?
Aside from being adaptable, it’s important to be fluent in social media and digital marketing. Basic knowledge of graphic design software is also extremely useful.
What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates for your company?
I would look for a willingness to try new things and experiment with different roles, as well as various personal interests/hobbies that might give one a leg up in the role.
If you could do college all over again, what would you add to your college experience?
I would add an extra club in the mix – for networking and exploring other hobbies. And maybe another semester of study abroad!
What is one thing you think a student can do before senior year to be ready for the job search?
There is a lot of value in having simple conversations with family members and other people in your network about their careers and what they do. Learning more about the various options and paths will help you to figure out what might be best for you.
What is the best piece of career advice you would give to current students?
Start thinking about it, even just a little. Be open to new experiences – especially internships and study abroad!