By Lauren Bovard; Assistant Account Executive
Graduation season is almost here, and a new class of public relations and communications graduates is about to step out into the working world. If you are one of those soon-to-be graduates, it can be a frightening, yet exciting, time. Our junior staff members remember their first year out of college very well, and they jumped at the chance to share their advice and tips for PR seniors:
- Intern, Intern, Intern: If you’re not sure what industry or what type of company you want to work for yet, don’t be afraid to take on a couple of internships. Internships can teach you what you like and don’t like in terms of company size and culture, different industries, etc.
- Live at home: If living at home for your first year after graduation is an option, do it. You’ll save so much money (if your parents don’t charge for rent, of course).
- Stay ahead of the game: Keep on top of current trends in PR.
- Question everything: Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your supervisors, mentors, older coworkers, more experienced friends, etc. The more you know about your job and your industry, the more successful you will be.
- Always admit your mistakes: Everyone makes them, and learning to admit them will make you humbler over the long haul and earn you respect in the eyes of coworkers who appreciate honesty.
- Be persistent: Just because someone does not respond right away about a job does not mean they do not want to talk to you or are not willing to help. Follow up via email and phone. Show them that you want that job and are prepared to work for it.
- Be open to a variety of opportunities and experiences: Do not pigeonhole yourself into one specific industry, topic or skill.
- Step out of your comfort zone and get out there: Find a hobby or get involved with an organization outside of work that you feel passionate about. This is a great way to meet people and will improve your quality of life, especially if you have moved to a new city.
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