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I sit down with Omar Cabrera, Ethnic Media Relations Manager for the Massachusetts department of Public Health and Sports Reporter. We discuss his journey from El Salvador to Boston, his challenges in college as a student, starting his career as a sports journalist and pivoting to Media Relations.
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Have you ever wondered about the grit and determination it takes to switch careers, especially when language barriers are involved? Meet Omar Cabrera, an ethnic media relations manager for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Sports Reporter, who's journey is nothing less than inspiring. Omar shares his mesmerizing journey from navigating Spanish-speaking media to expanding his reach to English-speaking media. His love for sports shines through vividly as he recounts his experiences freelancing for various outlets and announcing in Spanish for the New England Patriots and the Revolution.
Omar's story is a testament to the triumph of relentless hard work and determination. He candidly sheds light on his early academic struggles due to limited English proficiency, his victory at Boston University, and his continuing journey in the professional world. He details how an internship at Univision flung open doors to a full-time job post-graduation, and how valuable practical experience has been in the progression of his career. Omar's transitional journey from journalism to public health communication is a fascinating study of how bilingualism and a broad skill set can create a diverse career path.
In a world where social media has revolutionized journalism, standing out is not just about education but experience too. Omar opens up about his evolution from a college student to an anchor and reporter, sharing his experiences with imposter syndrome and the influential role of his mentor in his professional journey. As the story unfolds, Omar imparts valuable advice on how to navigate the challenging landscape of journalism, including career pivots, the importance of mentorship programs, and setting future goals. Join us as we accompany Omar on his enlightening journey to success.