While attending the PRSA International Conference in Philadelphia last Fall, I met the future, and I was impressed. Betsy Plank talked me into participating on a panel comprised of veteran PR leaders who addressed the student arm of PRSA–PRSSA. Several hundred students showed up for the early Sunday morning session–all in interview-ready attire. Impressive sight. They asked insightful questions, which provided the inspiration for me to finally start this blog. Each of their questions and yours will provide the foundation for this blog. For instance, one Howard University student asked if a graduating senior should accept an excellent paying job in PR or pursue her passion.
The first job after graduation is the best time to pursue one’s passion. Taking a job that pays well, but doesn’t turn you on isn’t the way to start a career in public relations. To excel in a PR career, each job has to build on the last. A positive experience doing something you enjoy creates vibes that are noticed by others, including future employers. By following your passion, you likely will love what you do for the rest of your life.