Local educator Gaye Weintraub took her background in education and love for good writing and communication and turned it into her own successful consulting business.
Where did you go to school and what degree program did you study?
“I received my Bachelor’s in Journalism, News and Public Affairs with a concentration in English from The University of Texas at Austin. I attended graduate school at Houston Baptist University, where I earned a Texas Teacher Certification in English and Journalism.
What does your current position entail?
“I am the owner of Tall Texas Female Productions, a consulting company that provides copywriting, editing and graphic design services to companies. We create social media marketing campaigns, and also offer educational consulting and career counseling to students and job candidates.”
I addition to working for her consulting company, Weintraub also customizes and creates content for company websites. She also works as a private tutor and writes for the local edition of an international magazine.
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“My education gave me the tools to enhance my abilities and job performance, but my work experience has proved the most beneficial in creating new opportunities. I love writing, education and the law, but I was never able to find a position that allowed me to do all three at the same time. With Tall Texas Female Productions, I am able to provide my clients with the expertise they require.”
Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?
“I think the best advice is to obtain your four-year degree and go further if you can. I have seen so many intelligent, talented people turned away from jobs and promotions because they lacked what many consider a simple piece of paper. Many opportunities for advancement require a Master’s degree, which is just an additional two-year commitment. Henry David Thoreau said it best when he wrote, ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.'”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.