Nathanael Bell ‘13 graduated with a degree in Strategic Communication. He didn’t always know 100% what he wanted to do after graduation, but found that the experiences and connections a CAS degree provides prepare you well for whatever is next. Read on to learn more about his new job in Washington DC.

Q: What does your job involve as an Associate Account Executive at Kellen Company?

A: Kellen Company is a full service management firm for associations and nonprofits. I have 2 clients, a media and publishing client and a travel client. My job there changes on a day-to-day basis. One day I could be doing marketing or public relations for one of my clients, anything from writing social media posts or working with our editor on a magazine. But it also could involve managing awards programs, or doing administrative and financial work. It's a variety of different tasks, which I enjoy. That’s something that a CAS major really prepares you for.

Q: What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part about your job?

A: The most rewarding part is the time I get to spend with our clients. I really enjoy the one-on-one interactions with our members. Being able to produce something they enjoy and are enthusiastic about is something I enjoy. The challenging part is that you really have to multitask because there are so many different parts to it. You have to be on your toes and do it well.

Q: What aspects of studying Communication at Calvin have been most valuable?

A: The mentorship of professors throughout the years was one of the biggest things. The Calvin profs are right there with you and want to see you succeed. Internships are very important as well. I started out at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum as an Event Planning Intern. I also interned at CRCNA as a Communications Intern. I was the Public Affairs Intern at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during the Chicago semester. I gained important experiences and skills through those and a lot of them have been great mentors to me throughout the years.