Hi PR Girls!
First let me say how much I love your blog and all the career tips you give to aspiring PR girls like myself.
I am a graduating senior this year, and from my dedicated job search I was offered a paid summer internship at a well-known PR company. As a backup, I had already planned on returning to my previous fashion PR internship which I worked this past fall. I really want to land a full time position at this company, which is the reason I was willing to return as an intern. However, a full time position is not a guarantee at all. It is at a well-known fashion PR agency, and many interns haven’t succeeded in moving up.
This is a dilemma for me because the new internship is not only paid, but it’s in a field not related to fashion. Since fashion PR is the industry I want to get into, I’m not sure if I should take a risk and return to my previous internship as an unpaid intern and hope a position opens up, or take the paid summer internship (which has a better chance of turning into a full time position), but it’s not in an industry I’m interested in at all.
Would it be a smart move to start my career at a company that would help me develop my skills as a PR professional? Or do I hustle and work for free and try to land a full time position at my dream company?
Thanks for all your help!
-Dreaming PR Girl
This reminds me of a dilemma I had when I graduated. Do I follow my “dream” PR field – entertainment – or take a position that’s paid in a different field. I ended up taking the paid internship because I was living in NYC and needed some sort of income. The good news – I ended up getting hired and stayed at the firm for over three years. I developed many skills, learned so much about what I was/wasn’t interested in and ended up realizing my niche wasn’t entertainment PR.
If you’re dead set on fashion PR and can afford to live without an income, take the fashion PR internship. Communicate frequently with your managers and let them know that you would ultimately like to be hired. Don’t avoid the topic. Be straightforward and ask what the chances are. Otherwise, you’ll end up wasting your time. Ask how you can become more engrained in the team and request to join client calls and meetings. You’d be surprised how receptive your colleagues will be.
The good news is that you’re just starting out and have a long ways to go. If you don’t get your dream job right now – that’s perfectly fine. Get experience elsewhere under your belt and reapply for positions at that company throughout the course of your career. You’ll ultimately end up doing exactly what you want if you work at it.
Best of luck,