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  • Tala Odeh 8:55 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Intern Today, Publicist Tomorrow 

    My internship at DBC PR has thus far shed light on some essential aspects of working PR and without this experience, I would have been at a huge disadvantage when entering the ‘real world’. As an intern, you see, listen and do things that any entry level public relations co-ordinator would you. All the research and writing is crucial to ensuring a communications campaign is realistic and successful. It is important to take in what is going on around you and make note of the little things you think will help you later on.

    As a publicist, juggling multiple clients is key and learning how to do this and allocate enough time and every to everyone you represent is so important. As an intern, I would ask for tips on how they do this and my supervisor suggested taking 10 minutes every morning to sift through e-ails and make a to-do list for every client for that day. Crossing everything off the list meant a successful and productive day at work. I think it is lessons like this that make my internship today, a helpful tool for being in PR in the future.

    However, there were times when my internship led me to believe I did not want to work in the industry I am in. At times, going after the media can be tedious and hard to secure placements as there is always something more newsworthy that what your client has to say. However, in today’s world, the industry needs people with drive and persistence to achieve this. Rather than dwell on the possibility of a career path change, I chose to focus on harnessing the skills I need to succeed in the world  of public relations. I spoke to others in the office about strengthening media relations and how to use platforms where journalists were looking for stories to write. This meant that publicists and journalists met half way to pitch and secure placements for the media. These helpful tactics are what I believe adds value to the internship.

    Finally, it takes a lot to determine a career from some textbooks and theories. While the appeal of a certain job may help someone envision themselves in that work, nothing but an internship can truly prepare one for this. It takes understanding the work ethic, environment and arena in which clients compete in to truly comprehend and foresee what someone is getting themselves into. I believe that DBC showed me just this and facilitated the transition from intern to a future publicist.

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  • Sara Cecilia 7:44 pm on March 15, 2014 Permalink
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    How do you know you have a good boss? 

    Adjusting to the workplace can be a struggle after being able to sit in the back of the classroom for 4 years, having minimal interactions with classmates or professors. Professional communication and learning to work with others is something that can’t be taught in school and is something that you develop throughout your career. Communication between coworkers and bosses can be uncomfortable or difficult, but I was lucky enough to attend a seminar that taught me how to develop good communication skills in the workplace.

    The Smithsonian provided a short one-day seminar on Emotional Intelligence. I’m not sure most people (or college student at least) are familiar with the term. Wikipedia defines it as “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.” This sounds easy enough, right? (More …)

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  • Erica Hilton 6:07 pm on July 30, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , career, , pentagon   

    The Pentagon 

    A few weeks ago, the other interns in my program and I went to the Pentagon for a meeting. While there we met with one of the Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense about the work his office is doing. He also walked us through the different steps and journeys that he took to achieve the career he has today.

    There was something that he said that really stood out to me. The work he does isn’t his job; it’s his passion. I’ve heard people say that before, but you could really tell by how he spoke about his work that he really and truly enjoys it. It was a nice reminder to do what makes you happy. Everything else will fall into place.

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  • Claire Wolfe 6:11 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink
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    Live, Learn, and Intern 

    After a lot of confusion, stress, and heart-to-hearts with various friends and family members, I declared my major at the end of last semester.  I decided to set my sights on a B.S. in Economics.  I really enjoy learning about economics and the information is so relevant to every day life, so I figured that it would be a good fit for me.  Plus, I’ve always secretly wanted to be a high-powered CFO and this track could lead me in the right direction. 

    I should probably mention that I seriously considered a broad range of other subjects before settling on economics.  These include, but are not limited to, anthropology, psychology, biology, and business administration.  To say the least, I’m a little bit indecisive.  To make it worse, I have no idea what I want to do with my life.  Declaring my major, I thought, would put me one step closer to figuring it out.  At the beginning of this semester, I was beyond excited to start my internship and, hopefully, really enjoy my work.

    Internships give you a real-life experience.  You may not be doing really intense work, but working in the same office as people with power, waking up early, and being in a professional setting make any internship a valuable experience.  You learn so much, about the work and about yourself.  At my internship, I’ve realized that this really isn’t something that I would want to do for the rest of my life.  I’m not really interested in working at a desk or in front of a computer every day and I really don’t like math very much.  These are realizations that, sure, may put me back a little further while figuring out what I want to do, but make me a little more confident that what I end up doing will be the best for me.  This internship is a great experience for me and I truly value the opportunity.  Maybe it will help me find what I really do like to do.  Fingers crossed.

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    • Francine Blume 4:55 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did an internship help you decide on your major? I have to say that the cool thing about economics is that you can study the economics of anything. You will be an expert and you will be highly desired. You can absolutely integrate economics and an apology because anthropology is the study of culture and our culture decides what’s of value. There’s a huge amount of psychology that goes and economics, again understanding why people value something and what moves. Consumer confidence, etc. Biology is a huge field and the economic implications of biological research are even bigger a solid business administrator really needs to understand economics in order to see their place in the world.

  • Natasha Bavolar 2:40 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , career, , , , sticking out   

    Personality: What to Do When You Have A lot of it 

    Being a loquacious person in the working world can be a difficult struggle. Trying to balance witty banter and constructive discussion of your current work projects can be a tricky one. But, who says you have to choose one or the other? So many interviewees have extremely similar resumes filled with student positions, great internships or just overall good experiences they feel have provided them with superior skills for the job. However, if everyone has the same basics, what will make you stand out? You.

    Don’t read those articles that tell you to dim down your nail polish, don’t listen to those people who say to wear neutral and conservative colors, and definitely do NOT listen to anyone who tells you to not be yourself in an interview or job setting, to a certain extent. These are the little pieces that will allow YOU to stay fresh in the employers mind and friendly with coworkers around the office. They are looking for that special spark; this can come in the way you speak passionately about your goals or interests, in your desire to improve an aspect of an organization, approach or process, or just having a creative idea you want to explore.

    However, this isn’t to say you should get carried away.
    1. Make sure you are listening to what the interviewer is saying and asking; stay on topic, be alert and to the point when it is your turn to respond.
    2. Always be respectful, from your outfit choice to your demeanor to your language choice.
    3. Ask questions. Go into any meeting, interview or conference with questions to ask and write down more as you think of them! This will show your enthusiasm and desire to be more engaged and knowledgable.

    9 times out of 10 that will land YOU the position and not someone else who’s GPA may have been slightly higher than yours. People want to work with other people; someone who can help push the company further in a new direction or can be that positive energy in the office they have been needing. Let yourself shine with that shattered nail polish you did at 2AM while you were procrastinating, wear that funky patterned tie with your favorite suit combination because that describes you, and definitely do not be afraid to share with your potential employer what makes you special and unique.

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    • Francine Blume 9:19 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are absolutely right about listening!

      You are absolutely right about asking questions!

      You are absolutely right that employers are looking more at who can push the company along and contribute rather than just what your GPA was!

      I love the attitude and the spirit of the advice about what to wear, but I have to disagree with you when it comes to going all out. It really is important to be YOU, so maybe the question is not what to wear at your interview as much as doing your research to find a place where, if you really want, you can wear a funky tie and shattered nail polish because everyone else there does, too!

      But sometimes, you just need a job. I’d say be yourself, but at least consider it as a living anthropological experiment. Dress like your subjects in order to blend in, so that you don’t make them uncomfortable. Find out who they are and what they’re about. Then, if action research allows, choose what part of your funky self you’re going to share with everyone else and when you’re going to share it. But honestly, if folks perceive that you’re going to an interview dressed in a disrespectful manner, they’re not getting care who you are or what you have offer. You said that yourself and number two!

  • Jessica Darmawan 3:43 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: advantage, career, indonesian, , , language, traveling abroad, working abroad   

    The Language Advantage 

    These days, being proficient in a language other than your native language is highly advantageous. You could say that being bilingual (or multilingual) makes you a more marketable and competitive candidate for future jobs. If you put thousands of business executives in a room, you may not find many with the same academic background, work experience or job description. What you’ll discover is that two-thirds of those executives share something in common: they speak two languages. In my internship, I have found being able to speak more than one language (I’m native in Indonesian, fluent in English, and I’m studying French) has been highly useful. Here are some tips to communicate your way to your dream job:

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    • Francine Blume 6:33 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      These are fabulous suggestions!

    • David Fletcher 3:03 am on July 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are right; languages are a key to employment in DC. This town has the reputation as a government town, but in truth it is an international town. Many of the government agencies have an international focus, but the real diversity is revealed by the hundreds of embassies, associations, multi-national organizations, non-profits, and corporations that have clustered around Washington. It is an internship Mecca and getting hired with multiple language skills is relatively easy. Thanks for your wonderful insights.

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