W e can learn a lot about life from people who are successful in their fields—and those lessons aren’t all professional. Recently, I met up with Brandi Petersen former KETV News anchor (and current Director of Communications and Engagements for Westside Community Schools). She’s a star in media and journalism, to be sure, but she’s also gained a lot of insight on life and success from her time working in media.
One of the first pieces of advice she offered ambitious young people is one that I believe in wholeheartedly: “Get an internship.” She said that it’s more than just a job. “You’re there in case that door opens. You can set up success for yourself,” she said of the importance of exposing yourself to opportunities.
“ Get an internship.It’s more than just a job. You’re there in case that door opens. You can set up success for yourself. ”
As always, you can join us virtually if you want to get the full picture of Brandi’s professional journey. A few of the highlights of her advice included:
Brandi is all about doing what you love, no matter how many obstacles stand in your way. Her overarching advice to those reading or listening? “You can do absolutely anything you want to do. Never put yourself in a box that…anybody has built for you.”
What boxes have you put yourself in or do you feel that others try to put up around you? How can you (or others) scale those walls? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Brandi Petersen is the current Director of Communications and Engagements for Westside Community Schools. She is also the Co-Marketing Director of the Miss Nebraska pageant. In addition, she is a blogger and writes about different topics, including Miss Nebraskans, former Huskers football players, and food.
Previously, she was a television anchor with KETV-NewsWatch 7 and was Omaha’s top-ranked ABC affiliate. An award-winning journalist nominated for two regional Emmy Awards, Brandi covered historic topics and secured high profile interviews with President Barack Obama, Ebola virus survivor Dr. Sacra, and many others.
Brandi loves to travel, attend baseball games, and spend time with her husband and two boys.