Steven Thorpe

Steven Thorpe

Senior Media Relations Manager


Capital One

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Being a reporter and editor.
Learning Public Relations in an entry level.
Started to specialize my skills and learn about business in an actual setting.
Became increasingly comfortable in working directly with journalists. Always be honest!
Developed specialty such as financial writing.
Expanded my skill set, including the use of technology to do my job better.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Isidore Newman School
undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia
Career

Career

Senior Media Relations Manager

Tell Capital One's great community story to media outlets and through social media.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Education
Education
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

They would see me working with Capital One colleagues to identify and discuss one of the profound ways our company is "Investing for Good" in local communities and, from that, planning effective ways to educate and highlight that program or activity to key stakeholders -- the news media, customers, community leaders, educators, youth, and others. The day would be complete with implementing the strategy to tell that particular story and receiving positive recognition or coverage of the story.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Great written skills are developed not just in school but in the so-called real world. Writers write. And the material you write early in your career is never going to be the best thing you write as you grow in your career. Therefore, you should write often and focus on telling a story or explaining something in clear, concise and cogent terms. How do you grow as a writer? Read. Read. Read. And to grow in your career, ask good questions of people. Don't be shy about asking for more information.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Learn not just about public relations and journalism but about businesses and how they operate. Develop a wide range of skills -- writing, public speaking, math, history and organization.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Someone once told me not to go into PR, that reporters are jerks."

Realize that journalists are just doing their jobs -- and their jobs are very important in a democratic society.

Challenges I Overcame

Physical Issues
Physical Issues

I had some necessary surgery soon after high school. I overcame it by being patient and letting my body heal.