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Career services director unveils different side in pursuit of Nashville-sized music goals

Meredith Shaw is practicing what she preaches — the importance of networking.

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Meredith Shaw

Jan. 19, 2021

If Meredith Shaw BA ’99, M Ed ’09, is dreaming, please do not wake her up.

Decades ago, before starting her career at the University of Missouri, Shaw worked at a country music radio station in Jefferson City, KATI (94.3 KAT Country), thinking that if she could not go to Nashville, Tennessee, to be a songwriter, that would be the next best thing.

In recent months, Shaw has spent some time in Nashville to pursue her dreams of becoming a nationally known songwriter and performing artist — while still working as the manager of graduate career services and corporate engagement at the Trulaske College of Business.

And the secret to her newfound success? She is taking the advice she has given Trulaske students on a regular basis when talking about job searching strategies and tactics in the corporate world.

“Everything that’s happening in Nashville for me is about networking. It’s about getting out there,” said Shaw, who has worked at Mizzou since 2005. “It’s about not being scared to approach people, and when someone says, ‘I’ll make this introduction if you want,’ saying ‘Yes, thank you. That’d be awesome.’

“It’s a small circle when you get down here, but you have to get in it.”

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