Staff Profile: Erica Jobman

Story and Photo by Mallory Miller, NewsNetNebraska

When Erica Jobman came to college she never would have imagined that her career aspiration at the end would be to move to Japan and teach English. She was always interested in travel, but when she first came to University of Nebraska-Lincoln she was simply looking to follow family traditions.

She came to UNL to follow in the footsteps of her two cousins before her. An only child, Jobman grew up on a farm in Gothenburg, Neb. , a town of 3,574. She loved the small town because of how close-knit the people were.

“Everyone knows everyone,” she said.

A major in agricultural journalism offered Jobman the chance to combine her farm roots and her interest in writing. Then, on a whim her freshman year, she enrolled in an introductory Japanese course. She really enjoyed the course, and when she learned that she had the option to minor in Japanese, she took it.

“I find languages interesting, and I wanted the chance to do something challenging,” Jobman said .

If working in Japan doesn’t pan out, Jobman says she would like to move to Seattle and work for a small company in their communications department.

“I like knowing the people I work with,” she said, “it has the same feeling as a small town.”

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