Entering his final year at the University of Augusta, Jerod Carrier had no expectations of an early spring and was fully prepared to host a virtual ceremony.
Carrier said given how much we’ve been through as a nation over the past year, he is promising and hopeful to have this moment. So when May 13 arrived and the 2021 class got to celebrate, he was elated.
âI was extremely blessed not only to walk, but to have my family there to see it,â said Carrier, who graduated from James M. Hull College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in digital marketing. “I had a lot of friends who didn’t have this opportunity, and I actually had to watch one of my best friends’ graduation ceremony on Zoom the day before, so I’m very grateful.”
With his degree in hand, Carrier is now in Washington, DC, where he works with the NFL football team in Washington as a communications and public relations assistant. One of his previous internships included a stint in 2019 with the Carolina Panthers, which was then coached by current Washington head coach Ron Rivera.
âCompleting my communications internship (in operations) with Dr Karla Leeper during my last year was a great experience that helped me prepare for this position,â said Carrier, who started working with Washington June 1. âWorking under a great mentor and developing my communication skills has helped me a lot. Of course, playing basketball for school and having that athletic background, along with the skills learned in time management and player relations, helped just as much.
Carrier played 28 games during his time with the men’s basketball team. He said having an athletic background has helped him find his way into the workforce, including his experience with the Panthers.
Carrier said his duties with Carolina were to help the deputy director of that department with day-to-day duties during training camp. He also helped facilitate media coverage of the team externally, as well as internal communication needs.
“I really enjoyed this time with Carolina as it allowed me to gain a full experience of working with players and coaches, but also to have an involvement with external media and to recognize their collaboration with the league, âhe said.
While Carrier was applying to multiple teams for the same position, he was considering pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. And while earning his MBA is always a goal, he said taking this job was his top priority, especially since he was able to “get my # 1 option in Washington.”
As for his new job, he said he just wanted to be as helpful and useful as possible for the ministry in the future.
âBeing new to a team and a workspace is always a challenge, but I look forward to it,â Carrier said. âBeing a real asset, while developing relationships with my colleagues, is my main goal and I look forward to it.