This month, I was given the right opportunity and I went for it.
Starting September 3, 2013, I will be an account executive at Schwartz MSL, a healthcare and technology public relations firm in San Francisco. It’s a big career change for me, so I wanted to share this exciting and pivotal time in my career with you.
I’ve been reflecting a lot in the past few months about where my career is heading and what I want for myself in the next ten years. So when presented with this opportunity, making a switch to this position and field seemed like a natural fit, helping me advance toward my ultimate goal of becoming a senior marketing/PR executive.
Although this is just a small step toward that goal, I feel very positive about actually making the change to get me where I want in my career, instead of staying in a role that wasn’t moving me toward my goal. As a career development blogger, I wanted to use this platform to share this big career change and also take this opportunity to recognize some amazing professionals (who are also readers) that helped me land the job; my three references.
- Amos Snead, my former supervisor during my internship at FD, a public affairs agency in Washington, D.C., who is now a principal at Story Partners, LLC, a public affairs firm in D.C. He has been a reference and mentor to me since 2009, and I could not have gotten to this point without his continuous help throughout the years.
- Courtney Farrell, my former supervisor during my internship at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, who is now a field representative at 3CORE, Inc., a private, non-profit corporation. She has been a great friend and mentor to me since 2010, and I hope to become the kind of ambitious professional that she is some day.
- Robert Armstrong, my freelance PR/Marketing client, cofounder and VP of client relations at Appstem Media, which specializes in the design and development of mobile apps. Robert has been championing me since day one, and I’m glad I have been able to help him as much as he has helped me.
In closing, I will leave you with this; don’t wait to follow your career dreams. If you’re in a job that you know isn’t getting you where you want to go, look for opportunities to change course and when your time comes, take a different route. I look forward to updating you all on my new role as time goes on, and if you need a good PR firm, let me know 😉