Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

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Computer on a table in front of chairsBefore I start this post, you should know more about my PR experience. While I was in college I interned in both fashion and book publicity. I was an active member of PRSSA, attended regional and national conferences, and held executive board positions. I did anything I could do to learn more about PR, from attending school workshops to conducting informational interviews with different companies. I was, and still am, a sponge when it came to PR. Looking back on it now, these experiences taught me what sectors of PR I thought I wanted to work in. After all that’s what college is for right?

When I graduated I had my heart set on finding a job in consumer or travel PR. I had a good understanding of the industries and felt my experiences would make me great fit. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity to find a job, I stopped searching for the dream job and lived by the motto: beggars can’t be choosers. Did I give up too soon? Was I supposed to hold out for my dream job? Or did I do the right thing by taking a job to gain valuable experience that would hopefully translate into other sectors of PR?

The first job I took out of college was for a small PR agency. Although it had little to do with my passions, it did teach me a lot about myself. I believe it shaped my PR skills and definitely helped me to advance my career. So for me, I think I made the right choice. Now I currently work as an associate publicist for a book publicity firm. Anyone that knows me would say it’s the perfect job for me. Why? Because I’m a book worm. But I  still want to see what else is out there. What other sectors of PR have to offer.

What I want to know is how can we, as PR professionals, gain experience in different industries? Should we take a lower position at a company we’d love to work for and start over? Are we at a disadvantage when we choose one sector over another? Are our skills really that transferable?

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  • http://www.lindseycoblentz.blogspot.com/ Lindsey

    I think freelancing is a great way to gain PR experience in other industries. It creates a lot of variety, and you learn a lot in the process. Freelancing is a great way to learn skills that may transfer over to a future “dream job” without sacrificing your current position.

  • http://twitter.com/stina6001 Christina K

    What a great solution and idea. I honestly had not thought of that before and it allows you the flexibility of maintaining the current job. Just have to make sure it the company is okay with it.

    Thanks for adding some great information to the post!

  • http://www.lindseycoblentz.blogspot.com/ Lindsey

    I think freelancing is a great way to gain PR experience in other industries. It creates a lot of variety, and you learn a lot in the process. Freelancing is a great way to learn skills that may transfer over to a future “dream job” without sacrificing your current position.

  • http://twitter.com/stina6001 Christina K

    What a great solution and idea. I honestly had not thought of that before and it allows you the flexibility of maintaining the current job. Just have to make sure it the company is okay with it.

    Thanks for adding some great information to the post!

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