- Posted by Carli Saldsman
- On March 1, 2018
- careers in communications, Carli Saldsman, college, communications, internship, Poston Communications, professional development, University of Central Florida
Most of us can’t wait to graduate and start a career…until we start. Change, both personally and professional, can be scary, and it takes some time getting used to the real world.
I’ve been there, and I’m here to help. Recently, I shared my experience starting out in PR and communications along with other industry professionals at the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication’s Proseminar Alumni Panel. Led by advertising and public relations professor Melissa Dodd, the panel provided students planning to enter careers in communications with practical advice on strategies for success in graduate school and beyond.
Whether you’re starting a post-graduate internship or your first job in communications, here are three of my top tips for success in your first year on the job:
- Work smarter, not harder. Managing your time and prioritizing your work is critical when adjusting to a new job. It’s important to understand how much time you should be dedicating to a project or assignment and then knowing how to use that time efficiently.
- Be proactive. I can’t stress this enough. One of my very first mentors always used to say, “If you don’t know the answer to a question, Google it first!” She was right. It’s easy to quickly jump to asking before trying to figure out a solution yourself, so remember, be proactive in your thinking. Is there something you can do or a solution you can propose before seeking help?
- Find a mentor. Who do you admire? Developing a relationship with a mentor – someone whom you can trust and respect, too – is critical. This should be the person who shares tips and advice, pushes you to do things you didn’t think were possible and continuously inspires you to look ahead and grow.
Start by looking for a mentor in your workplace, but other places to find mentors include networking events and volunteer activities. Also, think about who in your past has inspired you and is someone you feel comfortable talking to about anything from your career to your personal interests.
If you are interested in learning more about pursuing an internship or a communications-focused master’s degree, feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
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Based in Orlando, senior account executive Carli Saldsman joined Poston Communications in 2018. Prior to joining Poston Communications in 2018, Carli worked for Edelman, where she worked with several national and global clients in the pharmaceutical, hospital and health sectors. Carli holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida.