Hello Adrianna & Meg,
I have been reading your blog from Indonesia since I first started college which is almost four years. Your blog was pretty much my guide to success to get through college. I just graduated from the University of Indonesia majoring in Public Relations. Luckily I already got a job as a Media Implementer at the biggest Digital Agency in Asia. But the media industry is a whole new career path for me and I still have a lot to learn about the industry.
While I’m happy with where I am today, I recently got a call from a company that offered me a PR job consisting of event organizing, presenting and all of those exciting PR duties. I’m torn between what to do because both of jobs have their own pros and cons.
My questions are, should I stay at the digital agency, learning and collecting knowledge about the media industry? Or should I go to this client company that offers me something that I am comfortable with? Should I stay at an agency or start my career on the client side?
I really need your opinion, thank you!
Cheers from Indonesia
First off, we love hearing from our readers across the globe and congratulations on getting a job straight out of college! It’s something that’s very difficult to do. My only advice in this situation would be to follow your heart. There’s no right or wrong decision. If you’re enjoying your job in the media industry, than stick with it. If it’s something that interests you and you could see yourself loving in the future, don’t worry about the PR job. There’s plenty of time for you to switch careers if you realize down the line you’re no longer interested in the media industry.
However, if you think that PR is what you’re destined to do, than take the PR job. You wouldn’t want this opportunity to slip away and regret it down the line when you no longer want the media agency job. To me, it sounds like you have your heart set on PR, so take the chance. Maybe you’ll come to realize that agency life is what you prefer, and you can always find a PR agency job in the future. Having experience on the PR client side is always a positive.
Hope this helps – and let us know what you decide!