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Landing the NYC PR Internship

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“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” –Thomas Jefferson

Last week was my first week of missing a post in quite a while, and to be honest, I felt lost. I take my blog seriously for so many reasons, but most of all, it’s a chance for me to connect with my readers. So, I’m back and I’m hoping you’ll like the reason why I was gone!

As many of you know, I am originally from Toronto, and lately I’ve been focusing on my Masters full-time. However, after living in the city for close to 10 months, I started to seek out positions that would allow me to gain new experience. I was consistently looking for more to do (I love to be kept busy)! I think it’s important to possess a readiness to be busy in an industry like PR.

The process was long, and it’s never easy finding the right job! Now the search is over, and I’m happy to share with you that I’ve been offered an incredible opportunity at a marketing and public relations firm in the heart of TriBeCa. So now that I’ve been placed into a role, I felt as though I should share some takeaways with you. Whether you’re a recent grad searching for a summer position, or a current student that’s still hunting for some experience, I’ll share with you some tips on the process!

Be patient. Everyone knows the job search isn’t an easy process. It requires a lot of patience to sift through job descriptions to find something that suits your needs and abilities.

Be proactive. Rarely will you be sought out for a position without having applied to the job in the first place. If you’re in the process of searching for an internship, don’t delay the application process. Fix up your resume and start applying as soon as you are ready to find a job.

Be committed. Again, the job hunt is never easy and can take up a lot of your spare time. If finding a job is a priority or top goal, be sure to allot a time frame throughout your week where you are committed to searching for positions. An hour bi-weekly probably isn’t going to help you secure a position.

Be resourceful. Use your network. As PR professionals, we’re taught that forming relationships and making connections is an essential asset in our career. You’ve probably already begun
establishing a good network throughout your undergrad. Use this network you’ve built for
yourself to help facilitate the process. Ask your mentors for advice, or to keep you informed of any positions in the field that they might hear about from their fellow colleagues.

Be confident. It’s easy to get defeated by missed opportunities or never hearing back after
applying for a position. It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of candidates are up for these
positions, and not everyone is going to be suitable for the  job. Always have faith in your
abilities and accomplishments. Your skills will shine through in the right position.

Be mindful. It’s easy to apply for a number of positions all at once, and at times the process
begins to be monotonous. It’s important to keep in mind that you are searching for a position
that not only fits you, but also making sure you’re a fit for the employer. Sometimes just
applying for a position for the sake of finding a job may not always be the best strategy.
You’ll gain experience from positions that you are truly meant to work in.

Other thoughts? Tweet me @Sam__Dickson

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What am I going to do next? It’s okay not to know.

image-81“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” – Donna Karan

The defining question. The one that secretly haunts you as graduation looms around the
corner. “What am I going to do with my life?” An endless amount of rhetorical questions start running through your head: Should I take a year off? Maybe get a job and give myself some time to think about what it is I truly want to do. Or, should I apply to various programs and just see if I even get in? Although these questions are daunting, you are not alone. At some point in time, there was another soon-to-be graduate standing exactly in your shoes. A year ago, I know I was one of them.

The first thing to keep in mind is that this isn’t the end of the world. (I know, easier said than done.) Although it’s tough when other students around you have their lives so-called “figured out”, it’s okay to be unsure or undecided. The last thing you need is undue stress. I chose to write this article to help other students who are going through this hectic time. As the last
semester of your college/university career begins, emotions are running high. Ultimately, change is imminent. I can remember feeling worried that as May and June approached, I’d still be left stuck with no direction, and having missed numerous application deadlines.

The best advice I can give to you is to really start thinking about where you are, and where you’ve come from. My biggest challenge was the fact that I was so unsure of a direction. I was graduating with a degree in politics, but didn’t want to pursue politics. In all honesty, all I could do was make a “strengths and weaknesses” list. I wrote down what I loved to do, and what I didn’t love to do. I realized how far I’d come with my writing and my blog – an obvious strength. I recognized I didn’t want to be caught up in a classroom for hours, something I added to my “do not want” pile. I wanted a more hands-on approach to learning.

When I had conjured up my list, I realized that I was really digging into finding out what I really enjoyed doing. All of the connections I had made led me back to my public relations internship experience. As crazy as it sounds, this list is what helped me to figure out my next move.
Eventually, I applied for my masters in public relations, got accepted, and moved to New York.
Looking back, the road to discovering my next move certainly wasn’t easy. Soon enough you WILL take the logical next step. It might not be today, tomorrow, or even next week. Be patient, and take some time to reflect on what’s best for you. Things will eventually fall into place, and when they do, you will realize that all the worrying was for nothing. Stay passionate and
motivated, but most of all, stay true to yourself!

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