Hey peeps! I know, I know…I suck, I am quite possibly the WORST blogger ever. I mean it, I’m sorry…ANYWAY, now that we’ve got that out of the way. I have pretty big news, I’ve been PROMOTED, that’s right, yo girl is NO longer completely entry-level, she is now an “Assistant Account Executive” and has some experience under her belt (not much…but you know, some).
And as we come up on that time of year again – when millions of scared, poor and aimless young people walk across that stage, to the “real world” I know there are thousands in that group who are trying to break into the PR/Social Media field, so I was thinking of doing a four-part series on what YOU need to know about breaking into the PR field and I was thinking of bringing in some heavy hitters, like recruiters, hiring managers, etc…because let’s face it, what do I know?
So, here’s what we’ll do: I am going to release a new post every Monday for the month of May, leading up to June and let me know if they help! The first will be a post from my past experiences, “The Almost Post-Graduate Checklist” and then we’ll move on from there, sound cool?
Look out for Monday’s post! Until then…
Posted in Agency Life, Entry-Level, Post Graduation, Young Careerists
Tagged agency, Assistant Account Executive, career, entry level, entry-level, entrylevel, lessons, workplace, you inc, young careerists, young professional
Hello PR peeps…I know, I know, I moved to New York and got brand new, stopped blogging. You officially have 10 seconds to gripe at me. Go.
Okay, stop, it’s over…stop living in the past.
Anyway, today will be a short post about something I am personally dealing with: the end of a post-grad internship that might not turn into a job…I’m hyperventilating, in case you were wondering. The thing is, I’m worried (I’ve moved across the country to the most expensive city in the world and I might be unemployed…soon), but I’m not…I’ve got an action plan in place and I’m going to share it with you…because I’m cool like that.
This is my “cool like that” move…courtesy of iworkinpr
So…we’re about 2 weeks to a month out of being done with this internship thing, here are a few steps you should be taking:
- Have you talked to HR? Have you made it explicitly known that you are interested in a possible extension and any upcoming positions. Take a look at the agency website, they may have posted a position that you are right for. Go in there with some talking points, in your Sunday best and let them know! A closed mouth does NOT get fed
- Schedule a sit-down with your immediate supervisor(s), this is a good time to gauge what they think of you and whether or not a recommendation from the will be glowing or worth skipping over. Ask about your strengths and weaknesses; what you did well and what you could have done better.
- Try and get AS MUCH facetime with senior people as possible. This could be as simple as asking for a quick meeting to ask for career advice or passing them by in the hallway and “formally” introducing yourself. This has 2 advantages:they can remember you for future opportunities and reccommend you to HR and the 2nd one is, they probably have experience at other agencies and connects.
- LOOK FOR A JOB. I cannot stress this enough. Obviously don’t do so during company time, but now is the time to start perusing boards, Linkedin, agencies twitter feeds, etc. It takes 2-4 weeks to get hired, so you have exactly 2-4 weeks to not be unemployed
- Soak up these last few weeks and learn as much as possible and maybe save a few pennies as well.
This is what I have been doing…has it been working? Only time will tell! Do you have any post-post-grad internship tips? Let me know!
Until next time!
XOXOXO, Jess AsPRing
Posted in Agency Life, Intern Tips, Post Graduation
Tagged agency, career, helpul lists, intern, interns, PR, PR 101, PR101, public relations, young careerists
I know you’re probably thinking, what does the 1990’s Motown Philly band have to do with anything on this blog? Well, it doesn’t…not really, at least.
Let me explain: I am nearing the end of my college career and I have been a college student for a looooooooong time, like I could have had a Master’s by now, and although I am glad to be moving on to the next level, I am kind of sad it’s over: queue Boyz II Men and their 1992 mega hit End of the Road, which I am inserting below for yo’ viewing pleasure:
The thing is: yea, I’m glad this is over but I am entering a whole new territory and I am worried about my future and I know you all are too, and I have something to tell you:
That’s right: it’s okay to be afraid, to be worried, to be scared and to be nervous. You’re not ready to jump into the “real world”? That’s fine, you can take some time to figure it out, you can look at a different career fields than the one you majored in! Travel, fall in love, fall out of love, move, or stay where you are.
The point is, we’re young, we’ve accomplished something big and we are solely in control of our lives. You can be afraid, but do NOT let that fear stop you from accomplishing your next big goal. I’m worried as hell about this move to New York, but I am not about to let it stop me from this dream I have.
Just a little Thursday “pick me up”…I am moving TO NEW YORK TOMORROW!!! I am sooooo excited. The next time you hear from me, I will be a New Yorker 😉
Posted in Post Graduation, Thinking Out Loud Thursdays, you
Tagged entry level, entrylevel, graduation, inspiration, new york, opinion, personal, pop culture, post-graduation, thinking out loud, young professional
I have no idea what I’m doing…
Hey there people and happy Monday! As I get closer and closer to graduation, I am noticing a few things:
- ALOT of you are also getting close to graduation (congratulations!!!)
- We all have the same questions: how do I get a job? When should I start looking? What will my first paycheck look like? Is it OK to do a post-grad internship?
I want to help!!! Now, I’m no expert (far from it); in fact, I am a young woman who is on the same journey as you, but I am going to chronicle my experiences and let you know what did and what didn’t work for me and offer as much insight and advice as possible. So let’s get started:
I. Am. Terrified.
There, I said it, I said the sentence on many of our minds that we are afraid to say out loud. Like most of you, I have been trying to get good grades, interning to gain experience, networking and constantly updating my resume. But I’m still scared about my life post-grad and my career options; the competition is fierce and many entry-level positions either come from an agency’s internship pool or it’s hired out before it’s even listed! Thousands of people are all vying for the same 10 positions, so where do I fit in?
The truth is, I really don’t know where I will be in a few months, or how this job search will work out for me. What I do know is, I can’t give up. You don’t know this, but PR is not my first career: before PR found me, I was a paralegal, a recreation administrator, a teaching assistant, a tour guide…pretty much every job you can think of. When I (literally) landed in PR it was like a breath of fresh air: I love it, I love what I do and I can’t let fear stop me. And you shouldn’t let it stop you either.
The next few months will be a busy time for us, we need to graduate, finish our Spring internships, AND look for a post-graduate position. Now’s not the time to let fear or exhaustion slow you down. I’ll be chronicling my experiences and hopefully you will all chime in, let’s do this together!
Until next time…
Posted in Post Graduation, The Senior Chronicles
Tagged career, entry level, entrylevel, helpul lists, interns, post-graduation, PR, PR agency, pr career, PR101, public relations, senior, senior chronicles, workplace, young careerists