Robertson School senior lands job at Dominion Energy
Dec 16, 2019
Posted in: News
Enrique Diaz is a senior at The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture who balances classes while working at Dominion Energy.
Chet Wade, one of Diaz's professors and the chair of the Robertson School Advisory Board, informed Diaz of an opportunity with Dominion and said the company was interested in interviewing him.
"Enrique gives his all every time,” Wade said. “He brings a passion that shows in the quality of his work and dedication to overcoming whatever obstacles are in his way.”
Dominion initially told Diaz the company was looking for someone who already graduated.
"However, they really liked my work and told me they would keep my information around to see if they could hire me after graduation," Diaz said.
He received a call two weeks later for a second interview, which was led by a three-person panel. About a week later, Diaz was informed he would be hired on a one-year contract. He now works as a communications specialist for Dominion’s media relations department.
Recently Diaz worked on a project to promote the surprise donation of “Hamilton” tickets to students in Richmond Public Schools. He was in charge of coordinating the event and promoting it to local media, as well as collaborating with all parties involved to pull of the surprise for high school students.
"When you take on an internship or job expect to be tested," said Diaz. "I certainly have been, and I love it; this project reminded me that being observant and diligent will help you learn and pass those tests when they do come."
The event was being planned mere days before Thanksgiving, giving Diaz and his coworkers about a week to assemble all the details and secure media. They were worried the Richmond Times-Dispatch and local television station WTVR CBS 6 would not be able to cover the event on such short notice. Diaz called the event a success.
He said he’s learned to not be afraid to ask for help or opinions from others. Diaz has even been asked questions from his colleagues at work.
"It was surprising to me because I’m a kid still in college and these are people who have been in their fields for years,” he said.
He commented that it was important for him to see that working with others can make him stronger.
"Using the knowledge of my colleagues and friends has made me a better professional," Diaz said.
"What makes him extra special is his commitment to ensuring that his team does well and is recognized for it, not just himself," Wade said.
Diaz expressed his gratitude for this opportunity with Dominion Energy.
"I have to remind myself to continue raising my own standards in order to better myself and further my opportunities in the career I’ve chosen."
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