CAREERS: My Big Break

While in college I stumbled into an interesting part-time job as an

EMT. Eventually, I was hired by the NYC Emergency Medical Service to

work as an EMT on the streets of South Jamaica, Queens at the height of

the city's crack epidemic.

Shortly after joining NYC EMS, I had the chance to apply for a position

as uniformed staffer in the Public Affairs office. As part of the

interview process, we each had to write a fictitious New York Times

article about what the agency would do with a $2 million increase

in its budget. To my surprise, I actually wrote the best "article," and

got the job.

In my subsequent five years as a public information officer, I served as

a spokesperson at crucial events like the 1993 World Trade Center

Bombing, the Happy Land Social Club fire, and a number of aircraft

crashes. I also served as a deputy press secretary to Mayor Giuliani,

worked at Howard Rubenstein's shop, and served as corporate spokesperson

for Con Edison during its nuclear emergency last year at Indian Point.

Twelve years and several different PR challenges later, I am still very

grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have had, and I have

that first PR job to thank for it.

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