Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal
Monday, February 16, 2015
Career Advice for a PR Grad
matter more than school
- meet and connect with as many people as you can, personally and professionally. Also mentors - reach out and ask! Be specific about what you want.
Help other people
- professors, students, maybe a local organization that needs support
letters - collect them from everyone you can.
- build up your profile.
Look for "clients"
to test your skills on.
Look for companies where the boss or an associate will let you shadow them for a day.
Start a blog or Tumblr with your ideas.
It will give you practice to act "as if" you are an expert.
Why do you think the public relations field is a fit for you?
I am a born promoter.
I like helping worthy people and causes to have an influence in society.
I like exploring new tools and technologies to get the word out.
I like to integrate PR with related disciplines to support a brand.
I like finding ways to engage people while also promoting transparency and open data (accountability).
What is the hardest part of your job?
Prioritizing in a rapidly changing environment.
Knowing all the relevant variables, when you know that you can't know.
Managing team dynamics.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Creating, then organizing a productive kind of chaos.
Recruiting people for developmental details, internships, etc. Mentoring.
What's a common mistake that graduates making when applying for jobs?
Focusing on duties that sound right and ignoring the most important factor - finding a good boss who will support & develop you.
All opinions my own. Photo by Ron Aldaman via
February 16, 2015
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