CAREERS: My Big Break

My big break into PR fell suddenly into my lap. It was the summer after my sophomore year in college. I needed a job and my friend's sister needed an intern. It seemed like a good match. She worked in a small agency that dealt primarily with big real estate brokers and banks in New York.

My big break into PR fell suddenly into my lap. It was the summer after my sophomore year in college. I needed a job and my friend's sister needed an intern. It seemed like a good match. She worked in a small agency that dealt primarily with big real estate brokers and banks in New York.

So for $8 an hour, 40 hours a week, I spent the next 10 weeks there.

The job was basically non-stop. A small office is really great for a hands-on experience, but it also means that you feel like you're doing almost everything. I covered clerical and administrative duties, proofed press releases, helped out at events we organized, and pitched to journalists. It was a tough and busy summer. I definitely gained exposure to the PR world, but I was quite sure that I wouldn't pursue it after college.

Upon graduating, I saw that I had lots of work experience, but in very diverse fields, so I applied for all sorts of jobs, but my PR experience is what landed me at the small Upper East Side travel agency where I now work.

I love it here. The office is more relaxed and I'm more comfortable with my job. For anyone thinking about pursuing a career in PR, I'd highly recommend an internship. It could lead to a great future.

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