Guest Post: Shaping Your Career Path With A Blog

Everything starts with an idea. For me, though, it started with a fear. The idea of people reading my writing has always been horrifying to me. I would cover my paper when teachers walked by, shoo my sister away if she saw me scribbling, and then later on, I just decided not to write anymore.  The fear of someone else reading and then possibly critiquing my writing was enough to stifle my passion for a long time.

I am, now a public relations major at Penn State, and after being undecided my first two years (more like, undecided most of my life), I could not be happier with my decision. I love PR because I have a passion for people. I want to be the bridge between person and company, and public relations is the perfect way to do that.

Public relations isn’t all glam and gold though. I have to write, and people have to read it. My writing professor this semester gave me great advice, and that was to write everyday. Simple enough, right? I wanted to take this a step further. It’s one thing to write everyday, but I saw this as an opportunity to rekindle an old flame. After not writing for so long, I wanted to do something worthwhile with it.  So naturally, I started a blog.

I have only been blogging for a couple of months. After I published my first post, I was excited, horrified and proud. Nothing is more permanent then the Internet, and now I had about 300 of my own words, published for the whole world to see. I wanted to keep going. The fear I had of people reading my writing and critiquing and judging was slowly starting to disappear.

After only a couple months of blogging, I was accepted to be a member of the Her Campus Blogger Network. But, what’s even more exciting to me, is that I’ve told my friends and my family about my blog. I was afraid of judgment, but all I am getting is love and support.

I cannot wait for my blog to grow into something truly amazing and wonderful. I am excited for upcoming projects and my future as a blogger. I am grateful for my new followers and my exponentially growing views that I receive everyday. But I don’t think anything will ever compare to seeing someone I love and them telling me, “Hey, I read your blog today.”

 

About the Contributor:

Me

Briannah is currently a sophomore studying public relations at Penn State University. She recently discovered her passion for blogging and loves to write about the obstacles she faces in college and how she is over coming them. Her blog, Briannah., is a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog where she gives her readers the inside scoop on fashion trends and beauty product reviews, as well as allows them to see her mistakes and triumphs as a college student.

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Which Industry Should You Work In?

Today’s post is inspired by a fellow LinkedIn user who responded to my Finding An Internship post, asking, ‘How can I find out which industry/company is suitable for me to work in?

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It’s a topic I didn’t think to include in this series of posts initially, and I’m so glad that she brought it up. When I first started my post-secondary education, I was studying biomedical sciences and following the seven-year medical program at my university, a stark contrast to the degree in mass communications I now hold. When I decided to change my major, I was trying to figure out whether to follow the advertising track or the public relations one. This question was all too relevant to the position I was in– so, how did I figure out which industry was suitable for me?

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Before deciding to change my major, and again before choosing between the advertising and public relations tracks, I did my research. You should know what to expect as far as coursework for your major goes and what responsibilities are expected of you once you apply for an internship or full-time position. I chose public relations because of the versatility of the industry– between advertising, event coordination, marketing, PR and writing, I have a loaded belt of tools because of all that I learned through coursework and internship experiences. “Why did you choose this major?” is a pretty common question that comes up on the first day of classes. It’s important that you have the answer to this question if you’re serious about the track you’re on.

Experience, experience, experience. I can’t stress this enough! Although getting advice from others is important, whether it’s from a mentor you’ve established a relationship with or from peers in a group you network with, experiencing each position for yourself is even better, because an aspect that someone else loves about the industry he/she works in may turn out to be something that you hate about it!

Like always, the tip sheet is there for your use– keep it on your phone, print it out and/or share it with classmates :)