So you’re done with college and are thrown into the real public relations world with no lifejacket, insufficient work experience, and a ton of questions. Story of my life. When I graduated college four months ago, I knew what I wanted to do as far as my career, I just didn’t know where to start and didn’t realize how long of a process it would be to find a suitable position.
After two weeks of non-stop job searching and many applications later, I soon found myself having post-grad jitters, while also completing my last internship as an undergraduate. Fortunately, those jitters rapidly faded when I found out that I was to become the newest member to the Integrate team.
After just a week as an Integrate Rockstar, I quickly learned that there is a vast difference between studying PR (which I confess, I didn’t do enough of) and actually practicing PR. I didn’t actually understand how fast paced this industry was until my first day at Integrate. So if you don’t already have exceptional time management skills and multitasking abilities, you’re in for a big surprise. I may not have foreshadowed such a big shift in my career fresh out of college, but change is just the push I needed to get me out of my post-grad funk.
And despite being the “newbie” of the office, I for one am enjoying the responsibility and just trying to find my niche in this evolving industry.
So to all future college grads, you’re not alone. Here are a couple tips I wish someone would have shared with me during my post-grad jitter phase:
1. Confront the future sooner rather than later. Rather than getting carried away counting down the days until graduation, start thinking of ways to land your dream job. Seek career advice at your college, speak to professors, or even your friends. Avoid procrastinating by doing basic research and exploring demanding job positions in this industry. Start your career off with a BANG.
2. Make LinkedIn your new Facebook. This may be a demanding industry, however, getting in is the hardest part. It is imperative to spice up your LinkedIn profile and reach out as much as possible. Spend less time on Facebook and send more connection requests on LinkedIn.
3. Learn to embrace rejection. Think of it this way: every rejection letter brings you that much closer to an acceptance. Don’t get discouraged, stay positive, and broaden your horizons. As for feedback and learn from it.
4. You’re going to make mistakes and that’s ok. Once you do land that first job, you’re bound to make mistakes. Don’t sweat it. It’s part of the learning process. Learn from these mistakes, and find ways to improve your work.
Written by: Stefanie Pascacio