Going from entertainment PR to financial communications was not a switch I was ever planning for, but I’m happy that life led me in that direction. I wanted to write on this topic for a while, but I wanted to make sure I got enough experience in my position now, in order to really share my authentic thoughts on starting off my career somewhere that I never saw myself.
Here are some things I want to share to any college students out there who are stuck on that one industry they love.
- First off, this is the beauty of PR/communications: you can work, pretty much, at any company because every company needs PR/communications. This is one of the main reasons I chose PR. I have always been drawn to creativity, film, writing, tv, and entertainment in general. I always saw myself in that industry or one similar to it, but that’s why it’s so awesome to embrace a change. You can work anywhere, so don’t limit yourself. Even if you think that this industry is the ONLY option, be open-minded. If there is an opportunity, take it. Even if it’s not your ideal situation, sometimes the learning experience in another industry is more helpful to you than being an intern for the 5th time, doing the same exact thing you did at your last internship.
- You don’t have to be afraid of not knowing your industry. I’m speaking, of course, in terms of entry-level positions. I’ve only been out of school for a few months, so I can only write about what I have experienced so far. I didn’t know anything about finance and it was driving me crazy. I was so nervous to start somewhere where I knew nothing about. Learning about the finance world was like learning a new language. However, I soon began to realize that most people on my team had once felt the same way. Don’t get this confused for not having experience in your field. I knew my PR language, but I didn’t know my finance language and I found out that it’s okay. No matter where you are starting, you’ll get the hang of things. There are still meetings where I only understand half of what people are saying, but I’m getting there! And you will too. Don’t think you need to know about finance prior to working in finance communications.
- This is mostly aimed towards people who have a die-hard passion for entertainment like me. It’s awesome. Walking around the building and hearing people talk about our movies making it to the Oscars or our TV celebrities doing interviews at the office, is my kind of language and I am fluent in it. But, there’s also a very hard cold truth when it comes to the entertainment industry. It’s not an easy world to work in because as exciting as it is to be surrounded by things you are passionate about, your work will not be as glamorous as you think. I am grateful for every internship I’ve had, but there were a lot of things that made the industry very unappealing. You’re probably not going to be doing things you want to do, you’re probably not going to be treated that well or make enough money for your NYC apartment. Exploring your options could give you a job that treats you well, like a real professional and give you experience that will help you further your career. That is something that I wish someone had told me when I was interning in entertainment.
My passion for entertainment is still alive and well. I’m sure it will play a part in my future, but for right now, I am very happy that I had the chance to try something very different. Everything has its pros and cons, so nothing will ever be perfect, but if you’re in college and you’re thinking about an industry change, take these thoughts into consideration. I will also happily help anyone who needs some advice on a situation I’ve been in.