November 27, 2007

How Did YOU Deal With It?

Posted in Amanda, Beginnings, College, Public Relations, Transitions, Young Professionals tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:25 pm by Amanda Gravel

I finish school in about three weeks. I am at once astounded, scared and excited beyond belief. I feel like everything in my life is changing or about to change.

To my new-kids-on-the-real-world-block friends like Yianni Garcia, Sandy Kalik and Alison Driscoll, and to anyone else who’s fresh in the marketing and communications biz, how did you make sense of all the changes that happened in your life when you finished school and started a job?

What’s the best advice you have for someone who’s about to graduate and enter the field?




  1. warzabidul said,

    Social media club and other social networking events where you can meet people aready in the industry. With a social media background you’ve got an advantage over others.

    Just a quick response though. still looking but my network is growing all the time.

  2. Kyle said,

    You, and many folks in your shoes, already have such an incredible network…trust me, that was not my case oh so many years ago (not going to give actual dates). My suggestion would be to pick 10-15 of these folks and meet with them individually, get a flavor for what they do everyday, why they go to work, where their paths have taken them over time.

    The group stuff is helpful, but in the end I’m a fan of having that one-on-one interface to truly dig deep into where your next step takes you, ask the tough questions and observe their work environments.


  3. If you haven’t already started, BUILD YOUR NETWORK. You can -never- have a network too large or too well connected.

    Remember the immortal words of Mitch Joel:

    It’s not who you know.
    It’s who knows YOU.

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  5. Alison said,

    For me, the hardest adjustment was transitioning from a school where people were very supportive and ideas were welcomed to a job where clients discredited me based on my age or appearance. It’s hard having your professional (and correct) recommendations shot down without explanation by a client, but accepted without question when presented by someone older who they are more comfortable dealing with.

    Don’t allow anyone to underestimate you and hold true to what you believe. Be prepared to prove yourself, and savor every chance you get to prove how good you are. We grew up on the internet and are more qualified than most to do what we do; never forget how much you’ve accomplished and look forward to all that lies ahead.

    Best of luck; can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

  6. Sandy said,

    Echoing Alison, being judged based on age feels really crumby–whether it’s a client or a co-worker or the random man you walk by on the street.

    This isn’t the most upbeat message, but I found this post is really helpful: To summarize it, you don’t have to love everything about your job to be happy. We grew up as idealists–taught we can take on the world, change it and be happy all the time. But it’s not terribly realistic.

    Best advice, network like crazy (I know you do) and get your work done to the best of your ability.

    Good luck!

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