executive shares his top 10 tips for success in graduates' first
5 years out
By Amy Bogue
Religious Studies junior
Jay Fehnel, vice
president of business development at Tribune Media Services
Department alumnus Jay Fehnel told a packed audience
at a Krannert Executive Forum this semester that communication
skills are essential to success in the business world.
Fehnel, the vice president of business development
for Tribune Media Services, shared with the audience his top 10
tips for success in the first five years after graduation.
Fehnel graduated from Purdue in 1984 with a double
major in journalism and telecommunication.
"Be nice to your friends in Liberal Arts, because
you might be working for them some day," he said.
While attending Purdue, he worked as a copy editor
and reporter at The Exponent newspaper and at the university's
WBAA radio station.
Fehnel said the communication skills he acquired
at Purdue have been essential in his job at the Tribune. Fehnel
manages the Tribune Co.'s strategic planning activities and pursues
growth opportunities through internal start-ups, acquisitions
"Learn to write," he told a mixed audience
of management and Liberal Arts students. "It is a skill that
will serve you well."
Fehnel reminded the audience that their careers
are like marathons; the first five years of a career are basically
the first few miles of a very long race. He encouraged them to
create options early by volunteering for a variety of tasks to
get as much experience in as many areas as possible.
Chelsea Smith, a consumer and family sciences major,
said she considered creating options to be the most important
tip she received from Fehnel. “Options, because in the media
industry there are many avenues to go down,” said Smith.
Fehnel was asked to speak at Purdue by Tim Newton,
the director of external relations and communications for the
Krannert School of Management. Begun in 1973, the Krannert Executive
Forum is an upper-division management class that invites top-level
corporate executives to campus to share their experiences with