We’d like to start 2011 with an update from the Class of 2010. It has not yet been a year since the #PRStudChat Class of 2010 graduated, but these new public relations professionals are already demonstrating a passion for their career choice. Florida State University 2010 graduate Lauren Novo has started a new series on her blog to learn more about her peers transition from PR student to professional. With Lauren’s permission, we will be sharing the series on prstudchat.com. Today’s interview is with Stephanie Majercik, a May 2010 Canisius College graduate.
What are you currently doing? Include your job title/responsibilities/location/etc.
I work as an Account Coordinator at O’Keeffe & Company – a marketing, advertising and public relations agency in the D.C. Metro area. In this position I am responsible for supporting client teams from the bottom up. I am learning the ins and outs of agency life, client industries, and the greater public relations and marketing industries.
How closely-related is your job (title/location/responsibilities) to your college major and what you planned to be doing after graduation?
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fit. My goal was to find work in an agency and I had focused my search on Washington, D.C. and New York City. I am learning what it takes to be a professional, learning more than I could have imagined about public relations, as well as the industries in which our clients operate.
What tactics did you take before and/or after graduation to get to where you are today?
I started looking early in order to get a feel for what was out there. I networked as much as I possibly could, using Twitter of course, participating in online events such as HAPPO, scheduling informational interviews with professionals and attending other in-person networking events. After graduation, I continued to network in-person and on social media and spent a lot of time researching positions, companies and applying for jobs. Trust me, when you hear people say looking for a job is a full-time job in itself, they aren’t lying.
What tips would you give new graduates who will soon be facing the “real world”? Continue reading the post at Lauren Novo’s PR Journey