A few weeks ago, I posted about reasons to start a blog and not being afraid to do so. One of our good friends Chelsea (and a fellow PR gal) recently jumped into the blogosphere and started her own blog called The Spring Mix. Since she’s a super cool, Brooklyn resident, she’s the perfect person to take advice from when it comes to activities in the city.
With this warm & rainy weather in NYC today, it really feels like spring is right around the corner. Personally, I am looking forward to the colorful Farmer’s Markets in Union Square and Prospect Park.
I am currently in my final year of college at FIT and interning in the PR department at Tom Ford. I previously interned at PR Consulting, Proenza Schouler, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Alexander Wang, and ELLE magazine, among others. I was originally slated to graduate this May, but I took a semester off last spring for a full-time internship at Burberry, which was a great experience, except for the fact that I had to push my graduation date back a semester as well (I will now be graduating in December 2014).
Here comes the question: Should I forget about interning this summer and fall, and try to find a full time job in PR? Would anyone in PR actually hire me if I haven’t technically graduated yet?
Usually I would love to continue interning (I’ve only had amazing experiences so far!), but I am up to my neck in student loans and I really want to be able to support myself sooner rather than later. Also, I’ve been interning every single semester and summer since my freshman year, and I typically have more experience than my supervisors. I only have a few courses left before I graduate, and I am able to complete them all online this fall. Potentially, I would be available to start a full-time job in May, even though I wouldn’t technically have my BA until December. Also, since FIT is 2+2, I already have my Associate’s in Fashion Merchandising, if that counts at all.
I plan to speak to my supervisor at Tom Ford about this all, but I really wanted to get an outside perspective as well. Any advice or insight you may have would be greatly appreciated!
First off, congratulations on ALL of your hard work. You have more than enough concrete experience under your belt and seem 100% ready to dive into a full time job in May. Given your unique circumstances and ability to take online classes in the fall, I would say not having a degree doesn’t hurt you.
The difficulty may come in the fact that many may think you’re not ready to start a full time job in May if they quickly look at your resume as see you’re still in school. You’re going to have to make it very clear in your cover letter and interviews that you are more than ready to start a full time job, have plenty of firsthand experience and will only be taking a few online classes come fall. Start looking NOW. Pick up the phone, find the right person to talk to and give them your elevator pitch. Feel confident – you deserve it.
Since you’ve been able to experience all different facets of the industry, set your eyes on your ideal company and take it from there. If you start looking and can’t seem to find a full time entry-level position, consider a paid internship. Ugh I know – another internship. However if you find one that’s paid, it will most likely turn into a full time job by fall.
Yesterday, I wrote about how to make the most of your energy from a revitalizing weekend. Today, I’d like to discuss personal beauty pick me ups (can you tell I am SO OVER being miserable in winter?). I’ve noticed that I have a much brighter day and a little pep in my step when I try something new with my beauty routine, even if I’m only wearing a sweater and leggings at the office. Here are SUPER quick beauty tricks that can add a little light to your day, with minimal time and money spent:
Do the twist – I try to wash my hair every other day, but that means it’s usually up the morning of the second day. Instead of my usual tight topknot or mid-pony, I’ve been practicing braids that I can add to my routine for a polished and fun look. Search on youtube or beauty blogs for tutorials
Go for that color on the lip – Bold red or fuchsia may be a bit much for the office, but you can find muted shades that work just as well! I like lip stains or glosses instead of lipstick for the office to play with color during the day
Have showstopping lashes – When my eyes need a bit of extra help, I wear not one, but two mascaras! One for plumping and one for length. The result are long, luscious lashes that look enhanced with falsies (but wash off with soap and water). I like Maybelline’s Volum Express Colossal topped with L’Oreal Telescopic
Perk up your complexion - Sometimes, your skin just needs a little love and your natural color goes a long way. Instead of slopping on foundation, give your skin a face mask the night before (just 20 minutes with your favorite mask) and wash with cool water. Drink some lemon water at night and in the morning as well. The extra care and hydration will show through the morning, and all you’ll need is a little concealer and some powder to show your best self!
Maybe it was the lovely love-filled holiday or the extra long weekend, but I actually came into work today ready to work. Having that feeling of being accomplished AND well-rested over the weekend is fantastic, but sometimes it can be fleeting. It’s important to use your new-found energy wisely and make it last all day. Here are a couple ways you can make sure your fuel tank stays full, even when dealing with some crazy post-weekend assignments:
Sort your inbox – I like to check in a couple times over the weekend to answer urgent emails, but also delete the junk out of my inbox. That way, all that is left when I come in after the weekend is the stuff I NEED to look at
Tackle the hard stuff first - Use this energy to get ahead of any big projects you had planned for the day. You may be tempted to catch up with the news, co-workers, or clients, but it’s most beneficial to take a crack at what needs to get done. You’re in a good mood, you have time, what better situation can you ask for to handle the hard stuff?
But take breaks - If you want to keep your energy all day, you do need to take a few timed breaks through the morning. Make sure you get up to fill your water bottle a few times. Check one new news outlet every hour for just 5-10 minutes. As long as you limit the breaks, you should actually get some more work done
Communicate assignments ASAP - whether you need to know what is on your own plate or delegate something to a team member, don’t wait until EOD or when you’re too tired to handle a project to let other know what’s going on. Early in the day it is best to ask for help or let your manager know you are swamped. Teammates can help take necessary items off your plate or share the load