Q. After many months, I finally got an offer this week for a PR internship. However, I’m supposed to start a full-time job in sales on Monday. My parents are split–one tells me to stick with the sales job since it has a salary and bonus–and benefits, while the the other (mom) says I should do what makes me happiest even if there isn’t certainty about long-term prospects of the internship. I think I know what you’ll suggest, but wanted to ask anyway. I’m about ready to flip a coin. -MB
A. First of all, congratulations on having two job options. In the past, I’ve recommended sales as a great place to wait out the recession until PR jobs become more plentiful. I detect you have doubts or you wouldn’t be seeking an outside opinion. Therefore, I suggest that you simply follow your long-term career goals. If you want a PR career, then take the internship. The improving economy is converting more and more internship positions into full-time jobs. That’s a new phenomenon versus the last few years when three- and six-month internships ended without full-time offers.