CAREERS: My Big Break - Carlos Arcos is an AE with Fogarty Klein Monroe Public Relations in Houston

After almost seven years of practicing law, I knew I couldn't do it for the rest of my life or, for that matter, even for a couple more years. I was interested in a profession that would allow more creativity and was less rigid and adversarial.

After almost seven years of practicing law, I knew I couldn't do it for the rest of my life or, for that matter, even for a couple more years. I was interested in a profession that would allow more creativity and was less rigid and adversarial.

During the course of the next year, I began to research different career possibilities. Of them all, PR seemed the most appealing. My family didn't understand why I wanted to leave a lucrative and respected profession for a career in a field that they knew little or nothing about. I was also certain starting fresh in PR would be a drastic pay cut.

My first and only interview for a PR position was with Fogarty Klein Monroe Public Relations. Apparently not convinced that an attorney could communicate, they wanted to test me as an intern. After four months, I was hired on a permanent basis, and in less than one year I was promoted to account executive.

I've had some fantastic mentors here, and I work on some great accounts.

The pay cut stung at first, but things have evened out, almost. Well, not really, but I love what I do.

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